Although selling stuff to list members is generally very pleasurable, and often leads to enthusiastic exchanges of info and experiences, lately I've had some disappointments.
When i offer something on the list, usually I give quite extensive (to the point of being obnoxious possibly!) descriptions of the item, some history too. Many times this leads to what i prefer, a straightforward sale, superfast paypalling by the buyer and fast shipment of the item by me. Furthermore, my policy is, first come, first served. Unfortunately, i've had my share of 'time wasters' lately. I believe a mail that says 'is the frame still available, if so, I'll have it' is pretty clear. But when followed a day later by 'can you wait a bit, my paypal account has insufficient funds, can you wait till I have sold some stuff on ebay', the straightforwardness is lost. And after that this listmember saw fit not to answer any mails from me. Things like this have happened a couple of times, and now I turn to Ebay more. Quite thrilling and pleasant in my experience, so far! And pretty straightforward too .....
Freek Faro Rotterdam Netherlands
2007/6/25, David Toppin <email@example.com>:
> First come, first serve. People are way off base if they think asking a
> question means you should be holding the item for them.
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> Subject: Re: [CR]Selling items on the CR List
> Hi Tom,
> Your thinking is RIGHT ON!!
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> At 3:43 AM -0400 6-23-07, Tom Sanders wrote:
> >I'm wondering if others on the list encounter this problem and if they
> >may have some ideas on how to deal with it.
> > I often get several enquiries when I have placed an item or items for
> >Then one of the folks who have made inquiry will write back and say
> >something to the effect of "Great, I'll take it, where do I send the
> >A few hours later someone else who has made enquiry will write to say
> >they want the item or to try and get a better price or ask further
> >When I tell them the item has sold they sometimes seem upset that their
> >enquiry has not caused me to hold the item for them.
> >I think folks need to realize that even if they have asked what size or
> >condition something is in or how many of them a seller has, they have
> >not bought the item, and it is still for sale. To my mind the person
> >who tells me they will take the item for sure is the buyer.
> >I am wondering if there might be a better way for me to deal with this?
> >When I want an item and I am seeking to buy it, the very first sentence
> >in my writing to the seller is usually something like "If the item is
> >available, I'll take it" or If that post is a 27.2 mm, I'd like it.".
> >wish more information about the item and I have not made arrangements
> >for the seller to hold it for me or something, I expect it may be sold
> >in the interim if I am only seeking information. Am I perhaps a bit
> >off base here?
> >This bothers me a bit when the person who feels badly that they did not
> >score the item is someone I know or have dealt with before. I am
> >nearly tempted to tell everyone who writes that several people are
> >interested and that the item may be sold if they do not act
> >immediately, not as a sales gimmick, but to avoid having them being
> >disapointed if the item sells in the interim. This would seem (to me) to
> be a bit unethical, though.
> > What say you all?
> >Tom Sanders
> >Lansing, Mi USA