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Old 02-08-2008, 08:13 AM
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Talking Craig's List and low ballers

How do you guys handle the low ballers on Craig's list? I usually do not even respond...
I am looking for a creative fun response... Any thoughts?

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Old 02-08-2008, 08:18 AM
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Generally speaking, when selling something on craigslist, I sell something for a fixed price that I know is a good deal. In the craigslist text I put in caps and bold:
THIS ITEM IS FOR SALE FOR EXACTLY $XXX - CASH. DO NOT WASTE EITHER OF OUR TIME BY OFFERING ME LESS, I WILL DELETE YOUR EMAIL.

If it doesn't sell, I'll try again the next week with a lower price.
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Old 02-08-2008, 11:21 AM
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when u say low ballers, do you mean negotiaters? I usually put things at a little higher price and when these people negotiate, I would lower the price a bit. This makes both of us happy =)
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Old 02-09-2008, 11:09 AM
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If it's a ridiculous offer, let the responder know that the ad was for a B-M-W, not a V-W!
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:23 PM
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when u say low ballers, do you mean negotiaters? I usually put things at a little higher price and when these people negotiate, I would lower the price a bit. This makes both of us happy =)
Thats what we do at our business. Set the price up several hundred $, then when people are shocked, we throw them the negotiated down deal, to make the cost of services normal for us. Win win situation.
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Old 02-11-2008, 10:28 AM
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How do you guys handle the low ballers on Craig's list? I usually do not even respond...
I am looking for a creative fun response... Any thoughts?

Dave
I don't see any need to be rude.. Unless you have no interest in selling it..

How about a nice reply, "Thanks for your interest in my car. I'm afraid that price is lower than I would consider. My price is negotiable, but not by a lot. Have a great day!


As far as posting, "This price is firm, don't offer anything less!" That works great, if you don't want any response to your ad.. If you are selling a car, you have to leave some wiggle room.

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Old 02-11-2008, 01:27 PM
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Counter offer with a price higher than the one you posted.
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Old 02-11-2008, 01:50 PM
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Counter offer with a price higher than the one you posted.
Yes my strategy...
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I also agree with not being rude. Everyone wants to get a great deal. If someone is just going via email, I don't think they are even serious. I never even treat someone seriously unless they see the car or place a deposit - even at the asking price. But if they see the car, then I can tell that they may be interested.

So, my approach:

Lowballers via email - Thank you for your offer. I'm sorry that I can't accept that offer at this time.

However, I am amenable to offers, and will negotiate with serious buyers who have seen the car. I believe the price I've listed is competitive and fair, and a guide to what I will be expecting.

Let me know by return if you have any questions or if you would like to set up an appointment.
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Old 02-16-2008, 09:31 AM
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How do you guys handle the low ballers on Craig's list? I usually do not even respond...
I am looking for a creative fun response... Any thoughts?

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Lowballers need love too!!

True story - I saw an ad for a used 335i coupe with an asking price of about $2K more than I thought was fair. I kept looking for a while, then finally decided to go back & contact the seller and ask if his price was firm. By the time I emailed, he had taken the car to CarMax!!! Said he needed the cash. I really regretted not contacting the guy right away. He sold my dream car for wholesale or maybe less.


Since then, I'm a lowballer! I figure it's better to ask, just in case.
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Old 02-16-2008, 05:31 PM
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"your momma called, and even she thinks you are a cheap bastard."

seriously though, Craigslist is all about getting a good deal IMO so lowballers are just taking a shot in the dark. ya don't know if ya don't ask.
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Old 02-16-2008, 05:32 PM
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isn't the right price is when the seller and buyer agree? What the heck is lowballer? Don't answer them?
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Old 02-16-2008, 05:51 PM
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Old 02-16-2008, 07:52 PM
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i'm all about the lowball. in fact, it could be my middle name. i've made 3 email offers just today on 2003 bmw's, each one approx. $3k below their respective asking prices ($23-$26k). let's see if one of them bites...
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Old 02-16-2008, 08:16 PM
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I lowball dealers on Craigslist who ask for ridiculously high prices. I do that intentionally from time to time just to see what they say. Most of them will not give you a negotiated price but tell you to come in and "see what they can do."
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:53 AM
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Craigslist has some of the highest resale prices on BMWs so they deserve to be low balled.
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:00 AM
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Everyone should try to negotiate for a better deal...but asking a seller to lower the price well beyond fair market value is just plain inconsiderate and tacky.
I have sold very mainstream, average cars (Civic, Maxima), on Autotrader and Craigslist before and you ALWAYS seem to get some jackass trying to offer you $7000 for a car that's worth $12,000.

I think the best way to handle someone who is trying to make you an offer like that (an extreme cheapskate)....on the phone/internet....without even seeing the car, is to play along ("sure....I'll drop the price by $10,000....just so YOU can afford it....") and then set up a time for them to come by some made-up address and waste a bit of THEIR time!
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:05 AM
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The people who post Craigslist ads and spend two or three sentences telling you how firm their price is, and you better not dare send them an offer that's $0.01 lower than their price....they usually sound like assholes, and I click my browser's back button because I probably didn't want to deal with them anyway.

Sometimes I don't understand where people's motivation comes from. I mean, can you really be that much of a tool?

(not directed at OP - just directed at mean people in general)
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:20 AM
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The devil's advocate in me would like to turn this issue on its head. Is the OP expecting too much for his car? Sometimes, what the owner wants for his car is not in line with the market valuation. In the owners eyes, it's all about sentiments and how well the car has served him. In the buyers eyes, it's the tiny paint scratch here and the little cracked leather there and every other damage he thinks is still not disclosed.

Buying and selling is all about the process of getting to a price that makes both buyer and seller happy. Negotiating is part of the process. Counter-offering is part of negotiating. It should be done in a civilized manner.
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:28 AM
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I keep getting the "I will give you 7000 cash right now for the car" (im selling a 2001 325xi for 10k)
I usually send them a long rant about how I dont care that they are offering me cash for the car cause there is a lein on the title anyways. So really I could care less where the money comes from because it all goes to my bank anyways.
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:32 AM
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The devil's advocate in me would like to turn this issue on its head. Is the OP expecting too much for his car? Sometimes, what the owner wants for his car is not in line with the market valuation. In the owners eyes, it's all about sentiments and how well the car has served him. In the buyers eyes, it's the tiny paint scratch here and the little cracked leather there and every other damage he thinks is still not disclosed.

Buying and selling is all about the process of getting to a price that makes both buyer and seller happy. Negotiating is part of the process. Counter-offering is part of negotiating. It should be done in a civilized manner.
Yeah, usually the folks who are anal about the firmness of their price are the same folks who are living in the clouds with their price. You can always tell they're one of "those" guys.
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:34 AM
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Depends on what you mean by lowballer. if your car is priced RIGHT by verifiable standards like KBB, good to fair condition (unless it truly is immaculate) that's one thing--but if your car is a few $thousand above all the commonly-used car valuation numbers like KBB, Edmunds TMV, etc then it's entirely legitimate for someone to say "KBB values your car at $y in fair condition, and I haven't seen the condition yet. Would you consider an offer in the KBB range if I see and like your car?" (or just whatever the $ amnt is). On my side, if I am willing to pay $x for a car and the seller wants $x + $y, it's not worth my time to see it--but if I think it is overpriced, I'd ask. If there truly is no room for negotiation, then I won't waste my time or the seller's--but it really doesn't hurt to ask. Remember, you can always just delete an email if you are insulted by it!
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Old 10-03-2008, 05:49 AM
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Same thing people have described here applies to my experience with selling things on eBay lately. I frequently get emails saying "I see nobody has bid on your item 'X' so would you take it for $ 'Y' with shipping included right now?". My standard response is "No thanks, there are 5 days left on the auction and serious bidders often don't bid until the last few hours, but you are welcome to place a bid, good luck!".
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Old 10-03-2008, 05:58 AM
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Well, here's a great example. Yesterday on craigslist there was a Nissan Maxima, no year, 245K miles, advertised for $1, but of course when you read the ad, it was more like "make an offer" with absolutely no idea of what price range the guy wanted. I emailed him to ask, and he said he's looking for the low-mid $3000's. We ended up discussing and I suggested he look in KBB, which showed a private party value of $2350, fair condition. So - if he hadn't looked and someone were to offer him $2k as an intial offer, that would sure seem like a lowball offer, wouldn't it? yet it is actually entirely justifiable based on KBB, and the guy was being unrealistic about the value of his car. Two sides to every coin--I'm sure OP knew KBB on his car and was asking a fair price. I'm just venting from the "lowballer" point of view!
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Old 10-03-2008, 12:17 PM
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I wish more people could study the correct way to negotiate because only then would you understand how awful it makes you look to a talented negotiator when you come right out the door with a price. Proper negotiating is an art.

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