01-08-2013, 12:45 AM #1
Two Things - (1) Sellers' Refusal to Price Cards (2) Entitlement of Newer Members
Think of this as a rant if you'd like....
I have had one too many dealings with sellers who do this, and the practice has really soured on me recently.
We all know how this goes: I message a seller about a card, asking for a price. Seller says they don't have one in mind, so make an offer. I send a number, seller says it's too low. I ask what price the seller has in mind. Seller doesn't answer the question, and simply continues to make me bid against myself. Seller gets angry/frustrated about how
Why? To curb low-balling? I do not believe it does, it actually exacerbates it. I would venture to say it is mostly to not lose out on money if it is priced too low. Another unsavory reason is to try and get an unaware buyer to overpay. The former reason, in reality, is a lack of research on the seller's part.
The growing entitlement among new members (all over, not just here) is also getting on my nerves as of late.
I recently got called out on a low-end deal where a newer member wouldn't send first (not here) on a sale. Was lectured about the unwarranted mistrust and overreaction. I realize it is low-end, but I do not make concessions on the precautions I take no matter how small the deal. I am not going to apologize for protecting myself online as I see fit. The member worked with me on price, of which I was appreciative. However, as I said above my precautions take precedence.
Just irks me how common it is for people to try to tell others how to go about their collecting habits. Always "holier than thou" undertones.
That is all....
01-08-2013, 01:08 AM #2
The whole make me an offer thing is absurd. The only situation in which it is warranted is on cards that have no recent sells history i.e newly released cards or rare hard to obtain cards. Other than that if its your card you know how much its worth. You've probably checked recent sales dozens of times and probably have your card in your saved searches for further reference. So when I am asked to make an offer I refer to recent sales and then general go a buck or two lower and if they arent satisfied with my offer and its not a card Im dying to get I will just walk away. Ive seen a lot of complaints about making offers recently.
I too have noticed a lot of newer members with a higher sense of entitlement but my opinion on this is its just previous members who have been banned and created a new account with a new ip address or something and feel they (a.) have already sent first with there first account or (b.) was a member who didnt like that rule before and may have been banned for it or received a MSF tag. Thats just my opinion and is in no way proven true. But Ive seen too many new members complain about aspects of the rules be it bumping early or sending first.
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01-08-2013, 03:27 AM #6
This is how I simply get around it. If buying I give average sale price offer or just above. I automatically give my best price. If they say no or counter my offer I reject it unless its a few dolars difference. Same with selling. I give my lowest price up front. If I get a lower offer I reject it and move on unless its by a minimal amount. I give what I know to be a good price both ways. It either goes for that or it doesnt. The problem is with negotiation so remove the problem or drastically reduce it.
01-08-2013, 08:40 AM #7
This is one of my favorite topics to see discussed, because there's really no correct answer: It's an open market where information on everything is easily available and it comes down to people's preference for transacting. Everyone has different comfort levels around negotiating. Some people expect to have to do it, some people enjoy it (myself included) and some people simply loathe it.
01-08-2013, 01:25 PM #8
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Also, someone who "sits around and trades all day" IS more trustworthy: They have a well established track record that tells me that they are worth my trust. I'm not trying to rag on you personally here man, but that is why we have a feedback system:To establish trustworthiness. It doesn't matter how long someone has lurked or posted on the forums if they don't have feedback. You don't get credit just for showing up, as they say.
01-08-2013, 03:09 PM #9
I think the newer members having to send first when they are selling a card is absurd. Paypal covers you 110% as a buyer and making newbies send first when they are the ones selling something is just opening to doors for 'trusted members' to pull a fast one. Now trading is a whole other deal, new member do need to continue sending first there, but like I said when they are selling I think its a stupid rule. I think the buying/selling section ought to have a rule like the Blowout forums where you need to post a price. I just ignore people's post or pm's asking for offers, YOUR card YOUR price.
01-08-2013, 04:20 PM #10