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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by OLDTINPUSHER, May 4, 2017.

  1. Metalman, same thing happened to me when I was selling a car. I said no texs and I got a tex from a guy and go back and forth with the guy, and he starts calling me all kind of names.I finally just told him to get bent.That always tell me they are just a scammer. Bruce.
  2. Deuced Up!
    Joined: Feb 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,568

    Deuced Up!

    You know it is what it is these days. Technology has basically changed every thing we do, that includes buy and sell. I think @quickchangeV8 has the idea. Beat them at their own game. Change the price to $3500 and the first electronic offer of $2500 say...."very reluctantly" ....YES...LOL
  3. Fedcospeed
    Joined: Aug 17, 2008
    Posts: 2,011


    Too many things is the staging lane right now. Iam not a big fan of what happened to a couple Pierce Arrow sedans (RR)in this area so the fenders will STAY.This car is for a long term idier Ive had in my head for awhile.Changes but in that era of car.And not a street rod!!It will go right to storage to keep it dry.
    Nothing gets ahead of my avitar Olds. Ive had it since 81 and havent driven it since 89.Its weird how things like that happen.I would have to be at my very bottom to sell it EVER.This winter I start on it. I think last night that wasnt rain again i heard falling,it was the Olds crying..."That bastard is doing it to me again"
    The seller,Mark is a good guy. His wife used to live 6 miles from me too.I love a good roadtrip
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  4. drptop70ss
    Joined: May 31, 2010
    Posts: 1,141

    from NY

    cant believe I missed that one, that is what I get for reading the HAMB on my phone while waiting in line to get into the Rhinebeck swap meet..if I was on my computer I would of seen the car was in Albany and I would of already bought it! Great deal there.
  5. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 5,191

    jimmy six

    When they go down...I go up. They say "you can't do that" . Why not. You had your chance. Once you made the offer, the original price was off the table. Tit for tat, I say. Am I a jerk, I certainly hope so.
    I gets a smile sometimes, then the real negotiations can start.
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  6. ss34coupe
    Joined: May 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,071


    I only negotiate in person. The serious buyer comes over with cash in hand and a truck and trailer - the rest are just wasting your time. They are the jerks, not you.
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  7. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 8,994

    Rusty O'Toole

    I'm beginning to see how I get such good bargains all the time. I don't bother the overpriced assholes. I try to be half way sensible. I'm good at ignoring insults and derogetory comments. I stay focused on the task at hand. And, I have learned to always bring cash and a trailer and be prepared to take my purchase on the spot if I want it. Otherwise there is a good chance that it won't be there when I come back or will be stripped of parts.

    You see there are a lot of asshole sellers who are not above changing the deal always to their advantage, even after the cash is handed over and papers are signed.

    The same goes for selling. I have learned to ignore the bullshit and focus on selling the item. It doesn't leave my possession until it is paid for in full, in cash, and if it is a car, that it is transferred into the buyer's name.

    I find the process of buying and selling mildly annoying at times but don't let it ruin my life.
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  8. trapmxc
    Joined: Nov 8, 2006
    Posts: 27


    Slightly off topic but when I use the free thing on CL to just get rid of things the putz's want me to deliver it too.
  9. 55chevr
    Joined: Jul 12, 2008
    Posts: 959


    Last year I was selling a 1985 Camaro on Craigslist. 5 speed IROC. 85000 miles, good runner. A little rugged but no collision damage for $1200. Local jackass came and offered me $600. I told him he couldn't buy it for 2 grand from me. I think they watch too much TV. I sold it for $1200 next day. CR is a good but cannot filter fools out.
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  10. 911 steve
    Joined: Nov 29, 2012
    Posts: 582

    911 steve
    from nebraska

    I don't like to text, so I put in my adds; DONT TEXT, CALL OR E-MAIL".....always get a text or two about it...usually will ignore them
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  11. gsnort
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 199


    If your price is firm, I believe it is wise to put after the price the word "Firm." That way, most folks won't attempt to lowball you.
  12. heh...that's similar to my method of dealing with them...
  13. jeffd1988
    Joined: Apr 12, 2016
    Posts: 536


    Man c.l. is full of scamers and some b.s ppl. Just stick to what you feel is right. Real ppl will show up and look at it and make a cash offer on the spot. You have to kinda be aggressive as buyers are aggressive with almost free offers. Sheit. Do not take any checks or whatever they say in emails. If you have a phone number tell them to call you and set an appointment. Ect..

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  14. blackout78666
    Joined: Jul 3, 2009
    Posts: 581


    from being on both sides of this the craigslist will you take "x" amount (uasually half asking price or whats the lowest youll take) get booted right flags and a waste of time.....swap meets or in person, there are also the guys who say make me an offer.... ok ill give you "x" for it.. " Thats insulting!" and they get red faced.. insulting is calling your wife fat or your kids dumb.. i think some of the sellers have to have a bit of a sense of humor, chill out and know that offering up anything for sale is gonna bring out all types... recently i made an offer on some parts here on the HAMB, which i thought was fair as they had been in the classifieds for over a year, ripening on the vine.. "nope" was the reply.. i want what i paid for em.. OK.... some people will give ya the shirt off their backs to help you out, others, well..... those parts will get buried with ya i guess..
  15. 911 steve
    Joined: Nov 29, 2012
    Posts: 582

    911 steve
    from nebraska

    in 1972 a good friend was selling his 34 Plymouth sedan 427-435 tri-power, amazing car. parked next to it in the garage was his daily driver 68 Jag XKE and his wife's daily driver 70 T-Bird. man shot him a low ball offer, Glen told him "look around, do I look like I need to sell the price or get the fuck out"...guy paid the price.
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  16. 59Apachegail
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,171

    from New York

    I always put a note in my ads: low ballers please send your wife, girlfriend or sister to pick up the part. No not a jerk at all.
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  17. Fedcospeed
    Joined: Aug 17, 2008
    Posts: 2,011


    A side note to this whole thread and the Studebaker in question...Just sold my wifes car on CL. No crap,showed on time,made me a respectable offer and BAM,all done. Sometimes it works out and sometimes no. I do have to say that because some were jerks to Mark,that Stude is mine now. Funny how that goes. Good luck to everyone on future selling!! Jim f

    And buying!!
  18. phat rat
    Joined: Mar 18, 2001
    Posts: 4,309

    phat rat

    Some guys sound like they always pay the asking price. I don't mind selling things to those types because I get more than I would take due to the fact that I usually price with negotiating in mind. If your so thin skinned as to be bent out of shape by someone asking if you'll take less you'll have a lot of disappointments in life.
    Also there are many right here who have done the same thing. I can't count the times I've had someone lowball or say I want that send me a shipping quote and then they don't even have the courtesy to reply you just never hear from them again
    Last edited: May 6, 2017
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  19. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,286


    I sell and buy a lot,
    One of the first questions I ask is: Are you local? If that slows them down, I realize they are probably trolling from a prison. Then I ask: Are you incarcerated.. If they don't answer or don't know what it means, then I don't respond further.
    The ones that really waste time, say I am at sea, or I am in a foreign country and buying it as a surprise, I will pay your price and extra for my shipper. All the bull.... about having it picked up..after the check clears my bank. I tell them after it clears Your Bank we will talk.
  20. Toqwik
    Joined: Feb 1, 2003
    Posts: 1,298


    I reply I have turned down more than that for the car. I have sold a lot of crap on CL and never have one of these low ballers show up. I must admit though I have done that myself before. Seeing a car you like but it's not something you Really want but would buy it at that price. It works more times than you would think. Sometimes a month later I will get a text from them saying they will sell for that price.

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  21. 2bubbas
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 583


    I don't enjoy the game- I price an item at what I feel is a fair price- that is the price I sell at or I do not sell-
  22. If that makes you a jerk I must be one too! HRP
  23. mike bowling
    Joined: Jan 1, 2013
    Posts: 3,437

    mike bowling

    If someone comes up to me and their initial "offer" is half my asking price, I figure them for a tire kicking a-hole that's just wasting my time and basically insulting me. I used to try and explain the rules of engagement involved in a sale, now I just tell 'em to F#CK OFF!
    Stick to your prices , and good luck.
  24. Toqwik
    Joined: Feb 1, 2003
    Posts: 1,298


    Heck I wish you lived closer, I'd be all over that. I agree with the other poster who said to price it 3500.

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  25. phat rat
    Joined: Mar 18, 2001
    Posts: 4,309

    phat rat

    I'll tell you one thing I don't care for. The guy who asks what's the least you'll take? I respond by telling them "there's my price, if I go down all you'll do is offer less then that. If you want to make an offer fine we can go from there otherwise there it is." A lot of times their buddies are in the background laughing at them when they hear that.
  26. losthubcap
    Joined: Jul 23, 2010
    Posts: 187

    from Upstate NY

    Sometimes I advertise my minimum acceptable price with Firm after it, and I still get the question:
    Is the price really firm ? So I answer "No, I'll take more" but then I never hear back from them..........
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  27. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 898

    jim snow

    If you say firm. I will not insult you with a lower offer. Either pay or thank you for time. Snowman
  28. Toqwik
    Joined: Feb 1, 2003
    Posts: 1,298


    I run pawn shops for a living. One of the things we teach our employees is to not discount in the first 30 days. Everyone wants it cheap when first for sale. Most of the time it sells in that time period. If not, it's time to bargain. I think your car is a good buy at your price, stick to it.

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  29. fordflambe
    Joined: Apr 9, 2007
    Posts: 419


    You are not being a Jerk but neither is the person making an offer..........It's just part of the art of making a deal. In this ol' world, i have found that there are "Smart asses" and "Dumb asses" and unfortunately we have to deal with both. You are holding the trump card so you can always choose who to communicate with and who to ignore.

    Great car! It should command your asking price............
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 7,869


    Was selling an AD pickup years ago, these 2 guys come up and want to tell me I don't know the market and they only want it to build a rat rod and blah, blah, blah. I wanted $2,300 and would deal a little but their offer of $800 was a fuckin insult. "I don't know the market or the game, huh? Been in this for about 40 yrs fellas, and there's stuff behind that door that might blow your mind. Keep your money." "Can we see what you're working on?" "Sure, let me be polite to you guys after you insult my truck and my knowledge. Hey, it's the least I can do right? Wait here I'll get my garage keys." I went in the house, got a cup of coffee and turned on my 'puter. They actually needed a few minutes to get the message.

    Selling another truck many years ago for $4,400. This fuckin jamoke calls and tells me he's going to give me $3,000 and that's all I'll ever get for it. "Really, that's all?" "Yup, that's all their worth. I dunno who told you it's worth that kind of money." "Wow, even with no rust, no bondo? That's it?" "Well I'm sure there's rust and mud, you just can't see it." I was surrounded by 4 Packards, a race car, a Duesenberg and a Cadillac V-16 at the time, but he didn't know that. "Well shit, can you come up a little? I have more than that in it." "Ok, $3,100 but that's it. I'll help you out." "Ok well listen, hold the line, I'll get a pencil and paper so I can give you directions." "Ok, I'll hold." and I put him on hold. I sold it for full price 3 days later. The best you can do sometimes is have fun with it. A quote from my friend Terry, "$2.00? (on a $5.00 item) I'd rather give your ol lady $3.00 to drag you outta here." See what I mean. Another friend gets "How much for this?" holding up his part. "$25.00". He replies, "Or...?" "Ok, $35" and the guy set it down and walked away. That's a win. Remember the movie "Used Cars"? "Why the prestige alone of owning a Buick Centurion convertible can't even be measured in dollars and cents, am I right?" Try that some time using whatever you're selling. The reactions are priceless.

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