Selling on eBay: insulting offers

    Selling on eBay: insulting offers

    post #1 of 18
    Thread Starter 
    Does anyone else here sell regularly on eBay? I have listed some boxed niche fragrances that have only been sprayed to test, starting at around 50% RRP due to them being 'used'.

    I have just had an offer for Fire Island (100ml) for £36! Am I wrong in thinking that is ridiculous?! You can't even buy a bottle of Joop! for that price.

    Surely the fact that the item has a starting bid indicates that the minimum is set?

    Had to come here to rant about this!
    post #2 of 18
    I think people lowball that much just for fun.
    post #3 of 18
    some people suck
    post #4 of 18
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post

    some people suck
    Big time.
    post #5 of 18
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by The_Scentinel View Post

    Does anyone else here sell regularly on eBay? I have listed some boxed niche fragrances that have only been sprayed to test, starting at around 50% RRP due to them being 'used'.

    I have just had an offer for Fire Island (100ml) for £36! Am I wrong in thinking that is ridiculous?! You can't even buy a bottle of Joop! for that price.

    Surely the fact that the item has a starting bid indicates that the minimum is set?

    Had to come here to rant about this!

    Was recently selling something that retails for $120 for under $80 and someone asked if I'd take $55. When I said that was too low they immediately went to $65. It doesn't take much to make an offer via the message function on ebay but when I do it I try to at least give a reason for the price I'm offering rather than trying just because I can.
    post #6 of 18
    Many people will try anything for a deal
    post #7 of 18
    An offer as low as that doesn't even warrant a reply. eBay can be a real hassle. My most common problem is people purchasing things and then not paying for them, it happens regularly.
    post #8 of 18

    I got on to someone the other day on ebay for marking shit up and claiming that it was "RARE" and "Hard to find"....What a bunch of bunk....It was CDG 2 and he was charging WAY more than what you could get the stuff from either luckyscent or even CDG's website....I realize that there are considerable fees to sell on ebay and use Paypal but CMON....It was total bullshit and I told the dude it was...I should have reported him for false advertisement....

     

    But to answer your question....I dont sell my stuff for that cheap on ebay....if I've sprayed it a few times I probably knock 10-20 bucks off and give them free shipping....And RARELY do I have people bid on my stuff...I just do a "Pay it Now" and if the price it right, you will get bites...I rarely do "OR BEST OFFERS" and when I do, I type in an amount that I will absolutely NOT go beneath so you weed out the wise-asses who are trying to get something for nothing....

    post #9 of 18
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post

    An offer as low as that doesn't even warrant a reply. eBay can be a real hassle. My most common problem is people purchasing things and then not paying for them, it happens regularly.

    Jive, I have NEVER had this happen....That's WILD to me....Everybody who buys from me pays like right that second....Now I have had people I've bought fragrances from that took FOREVER to ship....IDK...Maybe Im weird but I ALWAYS contact the buyer IMMEDIATELY to let them know when I will be shipping the product and thanking them for the purchase...Its just common courtesy...Nobody does that back in return though...Kinda sucks...

    post #10 of 18
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by The_Scentinel View Post

    Does anyone else here sell regularly on eBay? I have listed some boxed niche fragrances that have only been sprayed to test, starting at around 50% RRP due to them being 'used'.

    I have just had an offer for Fire Island (100ml) for £36! Am I wrong in thinking that is ridiculous?! You can't even buy a bottle of Joop! for that price.

    Surely the fact that the item has a starting bid indicates that the minimum is set?

    Had to come here to rant about this!

     

    Some of them seem to specialise in it :( 

    There's lots of nice ones too.

    post #11 of 18
    Thread Starter 
    If I was desperate to sell, perhaps I wouldn't find it so insulting. The way that I see it is that I am happy to keep the fragrances if no one bids at the asking price. Just trying to clear some space and get rid of things I have either never worn or worn once. Glad I'm not alone in my thoughts!
    post #12 of 18

    I think that's when one knows who the serious buyers are.

    post #13 of 18

    I've had the opposite experience as this.  A seller posts an item with a "buy it now" and also a "make an offer" option.  In these cases, I generally make an offer that is only slightly less than the "buy it now."  I'm nowhere close to lowballing, and I figure that if they decided to include the "make an offer" option, then they must be willing to take a little less.  Usually, this works out great.  However, it's amazing to me when a seller won't accept any offers below their "buy it now" price in these scenarios.  Not even a 1% less offer, and sometimes they won't even bother making a counteroffer.  I had one seller that I went back and forth with on a fragrance, him flat out denying all of my very reasonable offers, until finally he gave me a counteroffer that was $1 less than his asking price.  It was for a $125 bottle.  Why bother?

    post #14 of 18

    a few months ago I sold one of my backup bottles of Aramis Bermuda Tonic for 60 bucks. a dude said he would pay 35, and also said other sites have it for 40 but are out of stock.i told him 50 is the lowest I would go. he said forget it. then he bought it for 60 and left me negative feedback. ebay did not reverse it either.

    post #15 of 18

    Someone who sells a fragrance after using two sprays probably hates the stuff and wants to be rid of it. They are just hoping you are desperate enough to sell it for a low offer.

     

    On the topic of ebay. I bought something the other day and paid £12 for postage. It came to me wrapped in a single carrier bag (literally wrapped in a bag, no box or bubble wrap) with a £3 stamp on it. Oh, well.

    post #16 of 18
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lincoln View Post

    Someone who sells a fragrance after using two sprays probably hates the stuff and wants to be rid of it. They are just hoping you are desperate enough to sell it for a low offer.

    On the topic of ebay. I bought something the other day and paid £12 for postage. It came to me wrapped in a single carrier bag (literally wrapped in a bag, no box or bubble wrap) with a £3 stamp on it. Oh, well.

    Not in this case, Lincoln. I don't hate anything I'm selling, I just haven't worn them enough (nor see myself doing so in the near future) to justify keeping them as I am struggling for space. I would be more than happy to keep these fragrances, but would rather someone got real usage out of them, rather than just once a year. That being said, £36 for a practically full bottle of Bond is out of the question.
    Edited by The_Scentinel - 7/27/13 at 2:59pm
    post #17 of 18
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by naylor View Post

    I've had the opposite experience as this.  A seller posts an item with a "buy it now" and also a "make an offer" option.  In these cases, I generally make an offer that is only slightly less than the "buy it now."  I'm nowhere close to lowballing, and I figure that if they decided to include the "make an offer" option, then they must be willing to take a little less.  Usually, this works out great.  However, it's amazing to me when a seller won't accept any offers below their "buy it now" price in these scenarios.  Not even a 1% less offer, and sometimes they won't even bother making a counteroffer.  I had one seller that I went back and forth with on a fragrance, him flat out denying all of my very reasonable offers, until finally he gave me a counteroffer that was $1 less than his asking price.  It was for a $125 bottle.  Why bother?


    That's my experience too, although mine are at a lower price bracket.

     

    Why put a 'best offer' tag on your item if you aren't prepared to accept any lower than your BIN price?  It's just disingenuous and complicated to ask people to make an offer and then take offence when they do just that.

    7/27/13 at 9:55am

    The_Scentinel said:



    Does anyone else here sell regularly on eBay? I have listed some boxed niche fragrances that have only been sprayed to test, starting at around 50% RRP due to them being 'used'.

    I have just had an offer for Fire Island (100ml) for £36! Am I wrong in thinking that is ridiculous?! You can't even buy a bottle of Joop! for that price.

    Surely the fact that the item has a starting bid indicates that the minimum is set?

    Had to come here to rant about this!

    7/27/13 at 10:04am

    williampaul1969 said:



    I think people lowball that much just for fun.

    7/27/13 at 10:16am

    hedonist222 said:



    some people suck

    7/27/13 at 10:27am

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post

    some people suck
    Big time.

    7/27/13 at 10:28am

    NYCBoomBoom said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by The_Scentinel View Post

    Does anyone else here sell regularly on eBay? I have listed some boxed niche fragrances that have only been sprayed to test, starting at around 50% RRP due to them being 'used'.

    I have just had an offer for Fire Island (100ml) for £36! Am I wrong in thinking that is ridiculous?! You can't even buy a bottle of Joop! for that price.

    Surely the fact that the item has a starting bid indicates that the minimum is set?

    Had to come here to rant about this!

    Was recently selling something that retails for $120 for under $80 and someone asked if I'd take $55. When I said that was too low they immediately went to $65. It doesn't take much to make an offer via the message function on ebay but when I do it I try to at least give a reason for the price I'm offering rather than trying just because I can.

    7/27/13 at 10:30am

    foughare said:



    Many people will try anything for a deal

    7/27/13 at 10:32am

    JiveHippo said:



    An offer as low as that doesn't even warrant a reply. eBay can be a real hassle. My most common problem is people purchasing things and then not paying for them, it happens regularly.

    7/27/13 at 10:35am

    FSU92grad said:



    I got on to someone the other day on ebay for marking shit up and claiming that it was "RARE" and "Hard to find"....What a bunch of bunk....It was CDG 2 and he was charging WAY more than what you could get the stuff from either luckyscent or even CDG's website....I realize that there are considerable fees to sell on ebay and use Paypal but CMON....It was total bullshit and I told the dude it was...I should have reported him for false advertisement....

     

    But to answer your question....I dont sell my stuff for that cheap on ebay....if I've sprayed it a few times I probably knock 10-20 bucks off and give them free shipping....And RARELY do I have people bid on my stuff...I just do a "Pay it Now" and if the price it right, you will get bites...I rarely do "OR BEST OFFERS" and when I do, I type in an amount that I will absolutely NOT go beneath so you weed out the wise-asses who are trying to get something for nothing....

    7/27/13 at 10:38am

    FSU92grad said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post

    An offer as low as that doesn't even warrant a reply. eBay can be a real hassle. My most common problem is people purchasing things and then not paying for them, it happens regularly.

    Jive, I have NEVER had this happen....That's WILD to me....Everybody who buys from me pays like right that second....Now I have had people I've bought fragrances from that took FOREVER to ship....IDK...Maybe Im weird but I ALWAYS contact the buyer IMMEDIATELY to let them know when I will be shipping the product and thanking them for the purchase...Its just common courtesy...Nobody does that back in return though...Kinda sucks...

    7/27/13 at 10:44am

    lpp said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by The_Scentinel View Post

    Does anyone else here sell regularly on eBay? I have listed some boxed niche fragrances that have only been sprayed to test, starting at around 50% RRP due to them being 'used'.

    I have just had an offer for Fire Island (100ml) for £36! Am I wrong in thinking that is ridiculous?! You can't even buy a bottle of Joop! for that price.

    Surely the fact that the item has a starting bid indicates that the minimum is set?

    Had to come here to rant about this!

     

    Some of them seem to specialise in it :( 

    There's lots of nice ones too.

    7/27/13 at 10:58am

    The_Scentinel said:



    If I was desperate to sell, perhaps I wouldn't find it so insulting. The way that I see it is that I am happy to keep the fragrances if no one bids at the asking price. Just trying to clear some space and get rid of things I have either never worn or worn once. Glad I'm not alone in my thoughts!

    7/27/13 at 11:16am

    rowan- said:



    I think that's when one knows who the serious buyers are.

    7/27/13 at 11:22am

    naylor said:



    I've had the opposite experience as this.  A seller posts an item with a "buy it now" and also a "make an offer" option.  In these cases, I generally make an offer that is only slightly less than the "buy it now."  I'm nowhere close to lowballing, and I figure that if they decided to include the "make an offer" option, then they must be willing to take a little less.  Usually, this works out great.  However, it's amazing to me when a seller won't accept any offers below their "buy it now" price in these scenarios.  Not even a 1% less offer, and sometimes they won't even bother making a counteroffer.  I had one seller that I went back and forth with on a fragrance, him flat out denying all of my very reasonable offers, until finally he gave me a counteroffer that was $1 less than his asking price.  It was for a $125 bottle.  Why bother?

    7/27/13 at 11:30am

    Tony T said:



    a few months ago I sold one of my backup bottles of Aramis Bermuda Tonic for 60 bucks. a dude said he would pay 35, and also said other sites have it for 40 but are out of stock.i told him 50 is the lowest I would go. he said forget it. then he bought it for 60 and left me negative feedback. ebay did not reverse it either.

    7/27/13 at 11:43am

    lincoln said:



    Someone who sells a fragrance after using two sprays probably hates the stuff and wants to be rid of it. They are just hoping you are desperate enough to sell it for a low offer.

     

    On the topic of ebay. I bought something the other day and paid £12 for postage. It came to me wrapped in a single carrier bag (literally wrapped in a bag, no box or bubble wrap) with a £3 stamp on it. Oh, well.

    7/27/13 at 2:30pm

    The_Scentinel said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lincoln View Post

    Someone who sells a fragrance after using two sprays probably hates the stuff and wants to be rid of it. They are just hoping you are desperate enough to sell it for a low offer.

    On the topic of ebay. I bought something the other day and paid £12 for postage. It came to me wrapped in a single carrier bag (literally wrapped in a bag, no box or bubble wrap) with a £3 stamp on it. Oh, well.

    Not in this case, Lincoln. I don't hate anything I'm selling, I just haven't worn them enough (nor see myself doing so in the near future) to justify keeping them as I am struggling for space. I would be more than happy to keep these fragrances, but would rather someone got real usage out of them, rather than just once a year. That being said, £36 for a practically full bottle of Bond is out of the question.
    Edited by The_Scentinel - 7/27/13 at 2:59pm

    7/27/13 at 4:03pm

    sfmedusa said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by naylor View Post

    I've had the opposite experience as this.  A seller posts an item with a "buy it now" and also a "make an offer" option.  In these cases, I generally make an offer that is only slightly less than the "buy it now."  I'm nowhere close to lowballing, and I figure that if they decided to include the "make an offer" option, then they must be willing to take a little less.  Usually, this works out great.  However, it's amazing to me when a seller won't accept any offers below their "buy it now" price in these scenarios.  Not even a 1% less offer, and sometimes they won't even bother making a counteroffer.  I had one seller that I went back and forth with on a fragrance, him flat out denying all of my very reasonable offers, until finally he gave me a counteroffer that was $1 less than his asking price.  It was for a $125 bottle.  Why bother?


    That's my experience too, although mine are at a lower price bracket.

     

    Why put a 'best offer' tag on your item if you aren't prepared to accept any lower than your BIN price?  It's just disingenuous and complicated to ask people to make an offer and then take offence when they do just that.