Yesterday, I logged on to Freedom Cardboard (I like to look at the box breaks section) and I came across a discussion thread regarding one seller's opinion on being, well...I'll just share the whole post with you:
This is directed at the buyers who have absolutely zero clue what tact is. If you want to buy something on eBay from someone and think or even know that an item is overpriced, insulting the seller and telling them the Price of their item is not the way to go. It is a quick way to lose all credibility and willingness from a seller to work with you. If you want the item or are interested, maybe try a different approach. Maybe reach out to the seller and say… I am interested in this card/item but it is out of my price range. If you ever decide to come down in price please keep me in mind. Just, anything other than trying to tell someone what THEIR card is WORTH. It isn’t your card, you are not required to buy or even LOOK at it. As a buyer and seller I am from both sides of the coin.As a buyer: are there cards that I want that I feel are overvalued. Of course I do. Do I fault the seller for pricing it high? NO. It is their card. THEY can do what they want with it. Would I ever tell a seller what their card is worth and try and shame them into lowering the price. NOPE. Tell me how many times this has ever worked for you? I will try to build a rapport with that seller in a positive way then, see if they would negotiate/work with me.As a seller: Any person that tries to TELL me “how it is” immediately goes on my BLOCK list. Do I price things up high? I do, because I am in no need or rush to sell, and if someone is willing to pay a premium for a card then I will be willing to sell it. Also, if people approach me in a reasonable/positive manner then I also may be willing to negotiate a deal, or at the least I keep an open conversation. Then, if I ever do decide to sell at a lower price, they are on my list of people I will reach out to and make a deal.This isn’t a call out to anyone in particular; I am just tired of some people telling me HOW IT IS? Enough already!!!
Okay, that seemed a little angry. Sure, if there is debate on the value of a card, I get it. But there are also instances where a seller is CLEARLY overpriced (remember this one that PATP shared with us?). These are borderline scandalous, in my opinion, because I feel the seller is trying to dupe someone with little knowledge of the card into paying an exorbitant amount for it. It's dishonest and shameful, and I wish there was some way for eBay to fix that (now, if it is listed as as auction and someone overpays, that's their own fault).
With that in mind, I responded to the post with this:
So, honest question here: if you had an item listed with a high BIN with OBO, do you get offended if someone makes an offer and, in the comments, notes that the last few cards have sold for a significant amount less? I've done that...I want to make a fair offer, but the last thing I want to do is offend the seller, so I explain the reasoning for my offer. However, if that is still a problem for sellers, I would like to know so I don't offend.
Naturally, I got something like this back:
Is telling someone that their same item sold for less really going to change their mind most of the time though? Probably not. If someone was truly lacking knowledge on pricing for something, then they might recognize a pricing error and adjust via this method, but most people want the price they feel in their head is what "it is worth". It's funny though, people get butt hurt about the funniest things sometimes.
So, what do you think? Personally, I think the original poster went overboard. eBay is an anonymous marketplace where buyers and sellers never actually have to meet, so lowballing and similar tactics are the norm. That being said, if you aren't sure you want to sell the card or are in "no rush" to sell it, why even list it? You are setting yourself up for a headache and it's on you, as the seller, for setting something so high they feel the need to tell you about it. Obviously, there are going to be people on occasion that tell you you are overpriced because a) they think you are overpriced when you aren't, or b) are jsut trying to get you to lower the card so they can get it for a steal. But I think the majority of people are trying to negotiate in good faith.
What say you, oh mighty blogospere?