Making an offer on a coin from a dealer's website
With no coin shows for the time being, its a different world to buy coins than before. To that end, I have been looking for a particular semi-key date in a particular grade and color. It is not particularly rare, but not common either (pop is in the 60 range). I found one in a Great Collections auction last summer, and bid 25% over the PCGS price guide, but lost it by one increment (as sometimes happens). This particular coin was well-struck, atypical for the issue.
Fast forward 9 months and I see this (exact, not one like it) coin on a dealer's website, marked up 25% from what it sold for last year, not an uncommon dealer mark up at all.
Since there is no way to see the coin in person at a show and make an offer, I emailed the dealer and offered 90% of their asking price, which happened to be about the middle between what was paid at auction and the current asking price (assuming this dealer was the winning bidder last summer). Although I know who this dealer is, I have never bought from them before. My email was very polite, and thanked them for their consideration of my offer.
I received the following reply:
No counter offer, no nothing. Perhaps my offer was offensive in some way, although I don't see how.
Has anyone else made offers on coins through the internet??