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pancake81

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I admit, I am not usually in a hurry to buy something, and will often approach with an offer. All that said, there is a respectable way, and threshold, to approach one with.

inwould never offer pennies on the dollar. If for nothing else, if they accepted I would be convinced I bought a stolen guitar.
 

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I have always tried to be straight up with offers and if someone offers " pennies on the dollar" I politely decline and suggest they check other sources for valuation. That said, I have purchased two Gibson SGs, neither broken and nor stolen, for intentionally low offers.
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$250-2003 w/ebony fb
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$450-2003 w/ebony fb and moon inlays with "Gibson" branded Lifton style case and Ampeg bass amp.
I keep in mind the first thing I learned about buying second hand-You never know unless you ask!
 

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I'll give you $300 for either of those two

Well, that didn't hurt, did it? :rofl:
I have also sold a couple pretty cheap, like my 98 Epi Les Paul Standard for $200 bucks to a neighborhood kid I liked. When someone offered me $500 bucks for my '59 ES225 I politely declined and ended up selling them a 90's Strat I had in the closet.
 

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Lowballers don't bother me. They are similar to trolls online. I ignore them. It hurts them more than it hurts me.
 

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Lowballers don't bother me. They are similar to trolls online. I ignore them. It hurts them more than it hurts me.

If you want to get a rise out of a low ball, don’t respond. It will drive them nuts.

I am not talking about the guy that offers 1300 on the 1500$ guitar, that’s probably just his limit and he wants the best axe possible. But the guy that offers $500, no response.

3 days later it’s, $600... then $800 etc. eventually I chime back just to agrevate them more. Like when they hit a $1000, i type back, “you’re getting there”
 

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It gets annoying when you have a lowballer who, after you politely reply with a "thanks, but no thanks", starts an argument about why your price is too high.

I had this with a BMW motorcycle I was selling. He kept insisting that my bike wasn't worth the (already low) asking price, and that he could get the same one from a dealer for the same amount, so I should lower my price (he either didn't know or failed to mention the dealer's was an older model with 20 fewer HP and double the KMs, but I pointed this out to him, didn't make a difference.)

After two days of going back and forth, I sent a final text message giving a final "no thanks". That's when he started texting me 3x a day, none of which I answered. Needless to say I blocked his number. Some people really are strange.
 

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My starting offer is half of new, if i cant buy used in that ballpark i keep looking until i find a reasonable seller. When i sell i price things reasonably, half of new, i let the lowballer know its priced half of new and thats my ballpark for selling if they want to buy.
 

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I've done that before but we don't have a comedy club here. Great idea. Usually send them to the local out of the way Christian bookstore. They need to find God.
 

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If you don't accept offers, you may want to include the words "PRICE FIRM" in the description.
Otherwise, consider a single honest offer par for the course.
A single dose of reality shouldn't offend you.
 
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Try switching to tighty-whities or a nice support jock for a while. Sometimes this happens in older men & it's called 'Daddy Horse Nuts Syndrome' & in Asia. it's referred to as the 'Wong Hung Lo'.
It's why Grampa can't walk around the house in boxers & needs a riser on the crapper (ooo the waters cold!)

Oh I'm sorry, This isn't 101 Main n Burlington?
I must have taken a wrong turn!
I was looking for the comedy club.
 

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I just tell em " They have nothing I want " and I've used that one since the 70's. Or, " I'm so sorry , but you don't have the means for this item! "
 

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I honestly don't understand why people get offended by offers....just say no or ignore if it pisses you off. Is this really that important to get your panties in a twist over? Hopefully, not pink lace panties, but that's another story;) PS: If you a hot woman in this group...feel free to wear the pink lace panties.:naughty:
 

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I honestly don't understand why people get offended by offers....just say no or ignore if it pisses you off. Is this really that important to get your panties in a twist over? Hopefully, not pink lace panties, but that's another story;) PS: If you a hot woman in this group...feel free to wear the pink lace panties.:naughty:

What about 'today's man'? Those twisted sisters might like pink laced panties too huh??
Fookin A.. eh??
whatever
lol
 


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