What is in the water lately...or should I be the one to start drinking?
What is it lately with some folks? I'm not a big time seller (usually 15 or less items listed across various platforms). So it's been quite interesting to have multiple oddball encounters in the last few weeks. And this isn't limited to just eBay-it includes IG, Facebook, plus the CU forum.
Just a few examples:
1) A coin is posted for $65 and a person comments "BIN" (this is used on the forums/social media like a buy-it-now on eBay where the person agrees to make a purchase). I mention the payment methods available and just receive an "ok" as the response. Eventually I get another response saying "let me think about it"....I explain that's not how this works but eventually we get down to the truth that the person doesn't have any money. So no "BIN" and we move on.
2) An interestingly worded question comes in: "Can I commit to this coin?" ...well of course you can! When and how would you like to pay I inquire? Here again I get the let me think about it response. Something tells me that the two of us have different definitions of the word commit. But wait, I'm not completely correct about this sale falling through as the person returns! The next question goes along the line of should he buy my coin or another coin that can be had for the same price. I'm not going to play games so I just tell him to pick whatever he likes best because I can't decide for him. A few hours later I get the expected message of him going with the other coin.
3) eBay-I could stop right there! My favorite question as well: "what is your best price" ...this comes up occasionally and the majority of the time it goes nowhere. I don't have offers enabled on this listing but if the other person is ever in the ballpark and it's a coin I'm not set on keeping, I'm willing to do a modest discount (anywhere from a few percent to ten). So I send the question right back and ask the person what their best price is. Some don't answer but this one does-350 is their best. I look at the listing again and it's around 800. We aren't even close so I reply that 800 is the best. This person doesn't give up though! "How about 475" they ask. I simply say no and move along. At least there were no more follow-ups with lower offers!
4) Just general reading comprehension here: a coin is listed as no offers and below recent comps. Not one, not two, not three (ok LeBron that's enough), but at least five people make offers that are 50%-80% lower than the ask.
5) An honorary mention from the CU forum...I don't know who this person is and have never talked with them before. I could have avoided making the reply but I was a bit curious if this was a joke or if they were serious. I didn't think they would reply any more and they did not. Wasn't there some unwritten rule about no comments in the BST? I'm actually not against comments that are positive (although I see the case for unfairly bumping a thread) or ones that warn others when there is a counterfeit or a scammer.
....on the bright side, the mechanical pencil market is hot! I sold my only two this weekend on eBay! It pays to dig through the old supply cabinet in the basement ("pays" being a relative term to describe an average of about $10 net )!