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Old 01-09-2019, 08:29 AM
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I've never asked a seller to end an auction early, but have made offers. I tell the seller that if the item doesn't sell (because I think it's listed too high to begin with) then I'll pay $X amount and will click a Buy It Now if they relist with my price as the BIN. It's worked a few times in the past. I don't believe in ending an auction early if there are bids already placed.
I've done this too. A little communication can go a long way. I've asked someone to change their BIN on the fly, and then I will immediately click it. Win-win.
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I received a message once about ending an auction early.

Buyer: I really want this. Whats your absolute rock bottom price?

Me: Rock bottom $50

Buyer: Would you take $25?

I didn't even bother responding.
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I received a message once about ending an auction early.

Buyer: I really want this. Whats your absolute rock bottom price?

Me: Rock bottom $50

Buyer: Would you take $25?

I didn't even bother responding.
Agreed that's ridiculous. Part of the problem of nuance when not negotiating face-to-face though - it's hard to tell if you think someone is serious about "rock bottom." That's where you have to take people at their word, but sadly many do not.

I don't mind lowballing people occasionally if it's still a lot of money, you never know what the situation is, but it's usually telling in the negotiations even with BIN. For example: Card is listed at $400. I offer $250. Seller responds $395. Yep...that should be pretty telling to you as the buyer.
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Agreed that's ridiculous. Part of the problem of nuance when not negotiating face-to-face though - it's hard to tell if you think someone is serious about "rock bottom." That's where you have to take people at their word, but sadly many do not.

I don't mind lowballing people occasionally if it's still a lot of money, you never know what the situation is, but it's usually telling in the negotiations even with BIN. For example: Card is listed at $400. I offer $250. Seller responds $395. Yep...that should be pretty telling to you as the buyer.

I don't mind low ball offers, it creates a starting point at least, as long as the offer isn't a total insult ($10 on a $100 item).
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