…one man's contribution to the Weeeeerly Wild World
So, there is an item I’m interested in on ebay and the seller has given the option of making an offer on the asking price of £38. Because I’m not in a hurry for the item, since it might take us each a day or so to respond to any haggling, I put an offer in; £35 sounds like a nice round figure. The next day I receive a reply in the form of a “Counter-offer”…
I’m left scratching my head.
Perhaps when they listed the item they had mistakenly selected or not deselected the option (since it can be on by default) but their “counter-offer” was the same as their original asking price; it seems quite silly that ebay’s system allows for this.
On a previous occasion with another seller they made a counter-offer and the difference compared to the original asking price was so slight that it was petty and pointless; they argued the cost of postage.
As a seller I like the fact that the option is there to be chosen by me to give buyers the option to make an offer if I’m open to haggling, and I hope that buyers assume that if I haven’t included the option then sending me an offer by way of a message would be futile (I have received annoying requests about having a Buy It Now price when listing an item as an Auction only, or asking if I would be open to offers without putting one forward).