- Does “send offer” on eBay ever work?
As above, yes, I’ve had some success with it (from both sides). However 90% of the time buyers think “25% of asking price is fair” and sellers think “I will only entertain 95% of the asking price”.
ETA: As a seller you can auto-reject offers you’re not interested in, which helps weed out the “£5, mate?” rubbish.Posted 1 month agotobyMember
Ah, sorry, misunderstood.
I have actually sold through this, however only after a reasonably involved conversation with an interested buyer who after asking some clued up questions and made it clear he would collect something bulky asked “Would you accept £x?”. I then sent it through as an offer and he accepted.Posted 1 month agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
Yep, worked quite well gor me selling loads of electronics and camera gear through work.
Bear in mind most watchers are just watching to see if it sells with no real intention of buying, why would you watch a buy it now listing?
It does help if your realistic with pricing. We were clearing space in the store room, freeing up cash for new gear and the old stuff didnt owe us anything so were happy to dispose of it at a lot less than it might have gone for if we’d wanted to wait months/years for someone to want that particular niche bit of kitPosted 1 month agotaxi25Member
It does work, bought and sold a few items using it. Once though a bike I wanted was £1800 or best offer. I would have paid the asking but put in a offer for £1650. That was rejected but you get 3 offers so I went £1700 then £1750, all were turned down. In the end I didn’t buy purly on principle, why say offers unless your prepared to accept even slightly less than the asking price ?Posted 1 month agodavosaurusrexSubscriber
In my experience they do work, if I’m selling something for 60 and get offered 55 or 50 if not much other interest I’ll likely take it.
Had the same the other way too, often a few quick counter offers to meet in the middle and the deal is done.
Be careful though, I saw a pair of hiking boots the other day, new, but from a private seller and close to price you can get them for online. Offered half that expecting either a straight declined or a counter offer but got accepted straight away. Paid thinking “result!” but then thought it was odd so looked at their other items and it was all high end outdoor gear, perfume and aftershave. So likely nicked, maybe fake. Can’t prove anything though so I now have a dodgy pair of boots!Posted 1 month agoclubbySubscriber
Used it for the first time last month. Never knew about it, but eBay sent a message saying I’d a watcher and did I want to send them a buyers offer. Tried it and the buyer accepted my offer, nice and easy. Like most people, I overprice my buy it now, knowing I’ll get battered down. This new offer lets you tell a watcher what it is you’re actually after. I’d put the item at £35 plus postage, offered it at £30 including postage.Posted 1 month agofinishthatSubscriber
Yes and both ways , send reasonable offers and get reasonable response, the newer feature where the seller can send an offer to the watcher is also working for me, last item was 1/3 off the buy it now price – you just need to know the reasonable prices – which includes checking the completed items prices.Posted 1 month agomuddyjamesMember
I often watch items if I’m interested but think that they’re over priced and either there’s no offer feature or the seller isn’t willing to accept what I think is a reasonable offer.
If everyone else thinks it’s overpriced (I.e. doesn’t sell) then the seller might reduce the price. I’ll then see that as I’m watching the item.Posted 1 month agozingerSubscriber
tried on a bike once, 3 offers no luck, then ebay had a 10% off thing and i ended up getting bike for less than my lowest offer
on another occasion I had offer accepted for a nearly new shock a got a fair discount
defo worth putting in an offer or two – nothing to lose by doing soPosted 1 month agonooneSubscriber
I’ve used it when selling but only ended up with silly offers.
a few particularly stupid offers were countered with a massively inflated price (Item for sale £200, offered £50; countered with £1k). The responses I got to those counters were enough to cement that the people weren’t chancers, they were morons.Posted 1 month agokerleyMember
why would you watch a buy it now listing?
I do it all the time. If I am deciding between a couple of different options I will have them both in my watch list until I decide which one I want.
As for the sending watchers an offer I don’t really see the point of that, I just reduce the price until it sells if it is not selling.Posted 1 month agomrmonkfingerMember
If the item you are selling has watchers you can now send them an offer lower than the BIN price.
That’s what I meant.
As a buyer, several times –
I’ve watched things, then received an offer of price dropped by 10% or 20%, then bought it on the back of the offer.
However – I’ve not used it as a seller.
The existing scheme, as a seller, yes I have accepted offers made by buyers, if what I was listing had been up for a while without obvious interest.Posted 1 month ago
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