Whichever way you choose to shop online, eBay, Amazon, Craigslist or any other of the thousand online retailers, you have a type. You may not even realize it, but the people that you interact with do. So lets dive right in a find out which type of online buyer you are. Be Honest!
None of these types are “bad” it’s just who you are and if you don’t like it, change it.
These are the buyers who simply do not care what price you posted. They are going to offer the absolute lowest amount they “think” they can get. Have a TV listed for $200 you can expect this type of buyer to offer $20 and maybe some old jeans. If you are this buyer, consider changing up your style.
If you are the type to go view an item without an actual real intent to buy, you are a tire kicker. This mainly applies to vehicles, you may just want to test drive it, or you have nothing else to do that day. Maybe it’s lack of awareness but some people don’t like to have time wasted.
You aren’t an El Cheapo, but it’s close. You are in this for a game, you want to resell the items that you buy for more than you paid. Often times you will offer around 60% of the asking price. With hopes they will go for it. When people write “No low ball offers” they are speaking to you.
You are the type to write “Ill pay $50 CASH”. Well, heads up, cash is generally the only way buying works on sites like Craigslist and Kijiji. By saying you are paying cash is just about the most useless bargaining tactic you can try.
If you know what you want and you know what the item is worth, then you fit into the collector category. People like to deal with you, its a pleasant experience for both parties. Keep it up.
MOST people will fit into this category. Everyone wants to pay just a little less for an item and by bargaining for it, you will most likely save a few dollars. After all, it’s Craigslist and that’s how it’s done.