Used equipment on the internet rant

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Mike OConnell, Apr 27, 2004.

  1. Mike OConnell

    Mike OConnell Second Unit

    Jun 14, 1999
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    Overland Park KS
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    This is primarily to get something off of my chest that has been bugging me for some time.

    Background - I have sold and purchased several pieces of used equipment through the internet and have yet to be "burned".

    The rant - Why can't sellers:

    1. Have the common courtesy to mark item "SOLD" when the transactions are completed? (It only takes a minute).

    2. Reply to e-mails of offers by buyers in a timely manner? (If we do not get a reply we have no way of knowing if you even got the message. A simple "the item has been sold" or "currently considering previous offers" would be appropriate.)

    3. Answer all questions asked about a particular item? (If they ignore some of the questions I typically will not buy an item guessing that it is a response that is negative towards the sell).

    4. Not put "lowball offers will be kindly ignored" in their posts? How is a buyer to know if the offer is considered a "lowball"? (25% off the asking price may be considered by the buyer as a reasonable starting point, but the seller may consider less than 99% as a lowball. If the price is non-negotiable just put it in the post!)

    Sorry about the rant, I am just getting tired of sending e-mail to sellers and not getting any responses. It has happened way too many times to me as of late.

    I feel better now.

  2. VinhT

    VinhT Second Unit

    Feb 14, 2002
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    Your expectations may be too high - not all sellers are experienced enough to become aware of decent protocol. Some (or possibly even most) are just layfolk trying to make a quick buck from their used equipment.

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