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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Cerb, Aug 26, 2019.

  1. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'm selling a bass, an Ibanez that I bought for $18 and spent another $27 on to get new strings and spare parts. I took down a couple of high frets and gave it a setup and it turned out to be pretty decent. Actually great for what it cost.

    The price for a new one is $250 but I figured it was a great deal for me so I felt it could be a great for the next owner too and listed it for $60 including the gig bag it came in.

    It didn't take long before the phone rang and just after the first call someone e-mailed and said "I'm interested but the price is too high and has to come down". I e-mailed back and told him that two others had dibs before him. He immediately came back and said "How about $80, then? ". I told him that $80 sounded great but he was still third on the ball.

    So he already knew it was a great deal to start with but still had to haggle.
     
  2. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Was he from Rotherham? o_O
     
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  3. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Didn't ask. His name wasn't @Lonn either.
     
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    fattboyzz Senior Stratmaster

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    Most of them around here are wiggin ! :confused:

    If you find a reasonable\ good deal it was probably just posted :p
     
  5. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Ah
    Haggling
    Horse trading
    Etc
    Have no stomach for it....
    (That's my price...
    That's my price...
    Don't use up my minute...
    )
     
  6. Guy Named Sue

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    Haggling is one thing, to be good at it takes some practice and talent.

    What never involves in good haggling is to tell someone how wrong they are at pricing the object and go on to lecture them on what the market price on the object is. That's a no no, anyone that does that I just always reply back with

    "Hahaha thanks for laught"
     
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  7. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I don't mind haggling but if you're really willing to pay more and realize it's already a good deal... Why bother?
     
  8. Guy Named Sue

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    Because he thinks that you're stupid and he thinks he's good at haggling. He should use that in any other country where haggling is a tradition, they will slap him straight and toss him out of the store.

    Seriously, it's disrespectful to behave like that. Haggling is an art, the art is to make both parties leave the deal feeling satisfied.

    I always say "Hahaha thanks for the laught" and that brings them immediately down to the ground and ashamed. Usually reply back with "Hehehe well I had to try you know!"
     
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  9. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Just sold it to the first caller. He and his wife came to pick it up, their young kids had started a band. Feels nice to pass it along to a child starting out rather than to someone looking to score a good deal.
     
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    If I am selling something at a rock-bottom discount price to being with, I don;t haggle. I stay firm, because I know I will get that price.

    And as a buyer, when someone is selling something below market value, I just pay asking price. Then we are both happy.
     
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  11. Cerb

    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yes, I do the same. Of the 4 guitars I own 2 were bought below market price, 1 way below and the 4th on or slightly above. I was just happy no one else beat me to them.
     
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    I don't bother with Craigslist anymore. Tired of the hassle from people. I have a new guitar I don't play and want to sell, but I'll just let GuitarCenter rip me a new one so I don't have to deal with anymore Craigslisters.
     
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    I grew up going to flea markets with my Mom on Saturday mornings. I would go on the hunt for LPs and stamps. I learned to haggle. Sometimes you'd get a great deal, sometimes you got an OK deal, other times you just had to walk away. No harm, no foul.

    Then flea markets became kinda like an outdoor dollar store with people selling new, low price, and low quality stuff. I remember one guy selling cutout books. He had a couple I was interested in and I asked if he'd take a lower amount. The guy started a rant about how these books were brand new and a great price to begin with. Amidst his rant, I placed the books down and just walked away! Whatever dude! :)
     
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  14. Cerb

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    It's not so bad here. I actually like buying and selling on our version of CL, I've had lots of interesting conversations with potential buyers and sellers.
     
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    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yeah, I don't like flea markets anymore...
     
  16. Stratbats

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    I agree!
     
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    Something similar happened to me one time. I had something for sale on Craigslist (a computer part), and someone contacted me and was already on his way over to meet me when someone else contacted me about it. I told him someone was already driving over to meet me, but this 2nd guy said he'd offer me a higher price. I told him the first guy was driving about an hour to meet me (which was true) and he'd probably be upset if I had sold it to someone else instead. It seems funny people think they can just offer more money when someone else is already on their way to buy it.
     
  18. Willmunny

    Willmunny Strat-Talker

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    I always haggle unless the price is listed as firm
     
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    Cerb Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Even if it's already a great price?
     
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    Willmunny Strat-Talker

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    90% of the time yes. I dont make ridiculous offers. I ask politely and have had good luck.
     
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