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  • Get irritated and give him/her your $2.00 worth.

    6 3.33%
  • Get irritated and ignore.

    28 15.56%
  • Ignore without emotional reaction.

    78 43.33%
  • Reply nicely and explain that offer is too low.

    68 37.78%
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Thread: Warning/ Reaction to Lowballers.

  1. #21

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    haha.. usually i just didn't reply the sms / pm...
    but it's quite true that a lot of lowballers are actually traders

  2. #22

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    someone tried to buy my k100d a while back, it was going for damn cheap already at $450 for a dslr with kit lens.

    they asked, i am student, can i buy for $250? i didn't even bother to reply.

    easy for the people who haven't encountered to say; some people are just trying their luck to be ridiculous.

    u never tell the guy u also student, can pay u a bit more instead?

  3. #23

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy View Post
    u never tell the guy u also student, can pay u a bit more instead?
    wa lau, when i buy things, i also never ask for student discount.

    reasonable means reasonable mar.. still ask for further discount for what..

  4. #24

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    If you agree .. deal done

    If you dont agree.. dont sell

    The mentality is; seller wants to sell high and buyer wants to buy low.. it is business!

  5. #25

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaren View Post
    lowballers will eventually self pwn.....

    they will even try to lowball a super cheap sale item, only to see it sold off in the next 5 mins to another buyer. classic.
    Haha... sometimes don't even have to lowball already gone...

    Quote Originally Posted by Yappy View Post
    If you agree .. deal done

    If you dont agree.. dont sell

    The mentality is; seller wants to sell high and buyer wants to buy low.. it is business!
    That's kinda my point as well, market forces will always be at work.
    It's economics, dog eat dog.

    Like some of the posts mentioned, 5%, 10%, 20%, everyone has a different 'guideline' when it comes to negotiating for a best price and accepting an offer. While this is definitely a point of contention when a seller perceives that what he's selling is great value, imho it's a very fluid situation when it comes down to it. UNLESS seller indicates FIXED price but still receives lower offers.

    While I actually paid the original asking price from a seller even though he had given me a slight discount, (the lens was very well cared for) imho, it's just the perceived lack of courtesy that I think really riles people when it comes to lowballing and other ungracious behaviour.

    Sellers, would it help if a buyer just to ask for a discount rather than declare a price?
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    Default Re: Warning/ Reaction to Lowballers.

    Lowballers have been in this forum for a very long time. I know of one that's one of the big senior members here. We should have some striking system, if more than 5 people strike you, your Member or Senior Member status becomes Lowballer and your nick gets put on some official avoid-selling-to list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tSkye View Post
    Lowballers have been in this forum for a very long time. I know of one that's one of the big senior members here. We should have some striking system, if more than 5 people strike you, your Member or Senior Member status becomes Lowballer and your nick gets put on some official avoid-selling-to list.
    sounds funny but i think it's a good suggestion.

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    i had a lowballer call me at 1.30am after he sent a PM at 1.20am

    mr lowballer proceeded to ask why my price is fixed and that the price on ebay is only a bit higher than mine. i still don't understand why he saw it to be so urgent to call to bargain at that kind of time...

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    Default Re: Warning/ Reaction to Lowballers.

    as the seller he/she has control over who to sell the item to. if lowballers make an offer, i usually just don't bother replying. can sell it to so many other more reasonable buyers

    if i'm really pissed off by the offer (too low or unreasonable), i'll just be cheeky and reply "i give you free wan or not?", then don't reply after that. they usually get the message

    nah, just kidding..

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    When I get lowballed on Ebay or other websites, I'll usually tell them: Sure, that price will get you a few of my pubes. Would you like my pubes mailed to you or would you like to pick them up personally?
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    Default Re: Warning/ Reaction to Lowballers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yappy View Post
    If you agree .. deal done

    If you dont agree.. dont sell

    The mentality is; seller wants to sell high and buyer wants to buy low.. it is business!
    In business, no need to get too personal. If you are selling something at a good price, there is bound to be somebody who wants a better deal. So if not willing just ignore them. Don't need to get too personal about it.


  12. #32

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    Quote Originally Posted by tSkye View Post
    I know of one that's one of the big senior members here.
    can't be me!

  13. #33

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    Quote Originally Posted by headfonz View Post
    i had a lowballer call me at 1.30am after he sent a PM at 1.20am

    mr lowballer proceeded to ask why my price is fixed and that the price on ebay is only a bit higher than mine. i still don't understand why he saw it to be so urgent to call to bargain at that kind of time...
    oh yes, the lowballer that CALLS you.

    at DAMN WEIRD TIMES.

    i told one off once. i spent 10 minutes asking him if he knew what time it was and that he was quite bloody rude to call me at such a time when i specified that i did not want calls on the b&s thread.

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    Default Re: Warning/ Reaction to Lowballers.

    kns,alr state in my post less than 1k dun contact me.this retarded kid still dare sms me for 800 and say he is a student. I reply him no money don't play photography and use the money go buy revision book. Still dare reply money doesn't make a man and ask me reply him nicer.he cannot read is it?what the hell is wrong with these kids?the post so clear he cannot read is it? I not trying to haolian money but to even ask when is stated so clearly tells me he is only smart enuff to reply money doesn't make a man. Did he learn basic math and english to read a simple post. When i was student i use P&S.

  15. #35

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calahan View Post
    In business, no need to get too personal. If you are selling something at a good price, there is bound to be somebody who wants a better deal. So if not willing just ignore them. Don't need to get too personal about it.

    the thing is
    WE ARE NOT SELLING CAMERA EQUIPMENT AS A BUSINESS
    if you want to do that sort of "business" then go to Sim Lim!

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    Default Re: Warning/ Reaction to Lowballers.

    If there's warning to ward off low-ballers, I won't even want to negotiate with the seller.

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    Default Re: Warning/ Reaction to Lowballers.

    Usually if I want to buy something I'll just ask the seller if the price is negotiate or whether they're willing to consider a lower offer, if I feel that the item is overpriced.

    If they're ok then I'll make an offer and it's up to them to accept or not. At least, this should minimize any chances of offending any party.

    Or I'll include a link to another thread/website offering the same item at lower price and ask whether they can match the pricing. (The item may no longer be available, hence need to ask the current seller)

    At least, it's not unrealistic pricing and if pple put up for sale at that pricing means it's a reasonable price, even if the seller may not accept it. but at least it should not be labeled as a "low ball" offer or something like that.
    Last edited by Limsgp; 4th November 2009 at 10:10 AM.

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    sure got dis kind of people.....sell or no sell...the student's trick is many.....for me bns must be agree by both, if it's ridiculously low offer jus ignore, if the seller sell about shop price? same thing..... ignore,
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    Default Re: Warning/ Reaction to Lowballers.

    Quote Originally Posted by iMac08 View Post
    kns,alr state in my post less than 1k dun contact me.this retarded kid still dare sms me for 800 and say he is a student. I reply him no money don't play photography and use the money go buy revision book. Still dare reply money doesn't make a man and ask me reply him nicer.he cannot read is it?what the hell is wrong with these kids?the post so clear he cannot read is it? I not trying to haolian money but to even ask when is stated so clearly tells me he is only smart enuff to reply money doesn't make a man. Did he learn basic math and english to read a simple post. When i was student i use P&S.
    when i was a student, i too was using a p&s.
    normally this kind of ppl, best is to tell them to bugger off and say you're not interested in dealing with him...

  20. #40

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    This is all about tact.

    Instead of "lowballers stay away", use the more polite words:-

    1. "I am not willing to sell below $XXX"; or

    2. "Non-negotiable".

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