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  • Facebook Marketplace fun and games – what’s the next move?
  • johndoh
    Free Member

    Here we go again – I am selling a cheap commute bike – it’s in pretty decent condition and >£200 new (a Carerra). I am asking £60 for it, got a message asking me what the least I’d take is, I asked them to make an offer and they came back with £35. I said I’d rather donate it to charity than sell at that price, they asked what the least I would take and I said £50. Their latest response is an offer of £40. Christ on a (cheap) bike. So where is this going to go next?

    steezysix
    Free Member

    Tell them it’s £55 now because of inflation

    SSS
    Free Member

    Ignore the idiots.

    Then when you agree the price from the jokers, they then wont turn up….

    whatyadoinsucka
    Free Member

    £58 now, price rise 3rd april

    is the bike worth £60 to the right person, the right person will see it, come over and buy it, ignore the idiots

    mashr
    Full Member

    Frankly disappointed if they haven’t asked you to deliver it

    the-muffin-man
    Full Member

    got a message asking me what the least I’d take is

    I’d have ignored and blocked at that stage! 🙂

    blokeuptheroad
    Full Member

    Just say ‘no’, don’t engage in a to and fro with people like that. Someone else will buy it.

    Anyone who says ‘what’ the lowest you’ll go’ gets a good ignoring from me.  You want it, you make me an offer and I’ll then decide if I want to sell it to you or someone else of my choosing.  As the seller, you are in the driving seat.

    johndoh
    Free Member

    Yep – I am surprised they haven’t asked to deliver, or have a mate pay £100 into my current account so I pay them £40 back and all that nonsense. It’s a pain though – currently trying to sell four bikes, had all the usual fun and games and having people not turn up and still not sold any of them 🙁 (No, there’s nothing anyone on here would want, just old kids bikes and stuff like that).

    submarined
    Free Member

    They’re not going to give you what you want. And even if you agree on a price they’re bound to muck you about. Stop replying and move on.

    I’ve a kids bike to sell and I just can’t stomach the idea of facing marketplace, so it’s currently sat taking up space, as that’s preferable! 😀

    thisisnotaspoon
    Free Member

    Next move: get on with your life,

    The good thing about marketplace is you can just ignore the timewasters, it”s not ebay or the local paper, You’re not paying every week to re-list it.  Just hit the block button and move on until someone actually wants it.

    I only sell stuff on there cheap, As soon as you price it the same as everyone else then you just get people messaging every similar item and wasting your time.  Go in cheap-ish, someone will bite your arm off, and you can get on with your day.

    woodster
    Full Member

    You can pick your buyers. Ignore this one, they will only be hassle even if you manage to agree a price.

    flicker
    Free Member

    got a message asking me what the least I’d take is

    Yeah, really your reply should have been £60 or just immediately block them.

    Mrs f is ruthless now when it comes to selling locally on FB marketplace. Everything she lists is put on at bargain prices to shift it, any messages of best price/lowest she’d accept and they’re straight on the block list, I think she has most of the local time wasters blocked now 😁, never struggles to sell whatever tat she has listed.

    whatgoesup
    Full Member

    Depends – do you want the fun and games or to sell it?

    If it’s fun and games I’d counter with £40 plus <insert some random, riduculous item worth >£10>

    If it’s to sell it then just tell them someone has just agreed to buy it for asking price so they go away and ignore them.

    seriousrikk
    Full Member

    In my experience the buyers who lowball will, when you counter, turn up with no more cash than their lowball offer.

    Had this with a car. Guy wanted to pay 800 for a 1200 car, I said 950 minimum. He turns up, had a look, says he’ll take it at 800. Then protested he had driven 75 miles when I told him to do one. Should have driven 75 miles with 150 quid more in your pocket then mate. Numpty.

    Now I just won’t deal with people whose first and only question is ‘what’s the lowest you will take’. Same as people whose entire message is just “£xx?”. No, got better things to do with my life than deal with chancers like you.

    phil5556
    Full Member

    Put it on eBay. Yes you have to pay but I have much more success and very few time wasters.

    johndoh
    Free Member

    If I put it on Ebay, once all the fees are taken off, I would end up with almost nothing. I just wanted a straight-forward sale of a very low value item 🙁

    Cougar
    Full Member

    I am asking £60 for it, got a message asking me what the least I’d take is,

    “£65.”

    Life is too short to deal with people who will piss and moan over loose change.  If you sold it to them I’m cast-iron certain that they’ll be back on your doorstep a week later with some fault or other.

    Cougar
    Full Member

    once all the fees are taken off, I would end up with almost nothing.

    I said I’d rather donate it to charity than sell at that price,

    Mister-P
    Free Member

    £30???

    jimmy
    Full Member

    The price I’d take is the price I advertised.  Unless I added a bartering cushion.

    Kramer
    Free Member

    On the other hand people do put some things on eBay/marketplace at some ridiculous prices because they think that they should be worth something.

    chrismac
    Full Member

    If I put it on Ebay, once all the fees are taken off, I would end up with almost nothing. I just wanted a straight-forward sale of a very low value item 🙁

    Wrong platform for that to happen

    jonm81
    Full Member

    Ebay is no better. I’ve got a Dnepr K-750M motorbike for sale on there for £1250 and some eejit messages to ask if I’d take £200 for it then sent an indignant reply when I said no.

    tthew
    Full Member

    what’ the lowest you’ll go?

    About 2 miles per hour, any lower than that and I fall off.

    If I put it on Ebay, once all the fees are taken off, I would end up with almost nothing. I just wanted a straight-forward sale of a very low value item

    Wait for one of their regular seller offers and the deductions will be buttons. Put it on for a quid, with no BIN price and state that on the advert. People get caught up in the excitement of a genuine auction, I sold a 12 year old Fiat 500 with a broken clutch for £1850 quid a couple of weeks ago!

    the-muffin-man
    Full Member

    I have to say my last few Marketplace transactions have been pretty smooth. Sold a fridge over the weekend – only one spammer, and proper buyer collected next day.

    lunge
    Full Member

    Got a message asking me what the least I’d take is

    I just reply “what’s the most you’d pay for it?”. When they offer some derisory amount I reply with a laughing emoji and block them.

    pigyn
    Free Member

    Does any of the above advice apply if you are a bike shop? 😁

    kormoran
    Free Member

    You know you’ll end up swapping it for fishing tackle, it’s just a question of time

    the-muffin-man
    Full Member

    My favourites in ads are “just needs a clean” and “easy fix”. Is that so!

    Well clean it and fix it then and you may sell it!

    squirrelking
    Free Member

    Ebay is no better. I’ve got a Dnepr K-750M motorbike for sale on there for £1250 and some eejit messages to ask if I’d take £200 for it then sent an indignant reply when I said no.

    Just allow offers and set the offer price to a tenner below listing price. Weeds 90% of muppets out.

    didnthurt
    Full Member

    I’ve had people turn up to collect an item (can’t remember what it was or where it was advertised, could have been Gumtree or FB Marketplace), they didn’t have the agreed asking price amount on them. I told them where the nearest ATM was. They did return with the correct amount.

    Maybe people who haggle at the point of sale are right, and I’m wrong 🤷‍♂️

    convert
    Full Member

    “Well clean it and fix it then and you may sell it!”

    Indeed. Saw these on vinted – a pair of Dr Martins in vegan flavour with a ‘just need a clean’ in the description. Honestly, how lazy do you have to be not to at least just give them a quick wipe over. They want £75 as well. Oddly, still not sold.

    Argh – stupid **** forum and it’s missing quotes and photos on an Android phone! You’ll just have to imagine a photo of some office shoes that have recently done service in a muddy field.

    At least the Facebook marketplace website **** works!

    fenderextender
    Free Member

    Tell them you are not open to offers and they’ve got one chance before you block them and move on with your life.

    Going by the average mouthbreather that FB Marketplace seems to attract, they probably won’t turn up anyway.

    My other half often sells stuff on FB, but I’ve now said if I have to deal with the buyer my rate is £20 per hour – with a £20 callout fee. There have been so many cretins turn up with an unsuitable vehicle, 10% less cash than agreed etc.

    Paul-S
    Free Member

    I hate dealing with idiots, so with my last few old bike, I donated them to charity / a worthy soul who needed it, and as long as they get enjoyment from it, I’ll be happier than getting a couple of quid.

    P

    stevedoc
    Free Member

    When making the listing simply state %100 your terms after that, remind  daft questions and offers the link to go away and re educate themselves .. Simple fact of Faceache MP   for every add there will be 1 genuine  buyer and 10 bellends.

    thisisnotaspoon
    Free Member

    I’ve got a Dnepr K-750M motorbike for sale on there for £1250

    haha, I’m watching that 😂

    johndoh
    Free Member

    Hah – he’s just responded again, saying he’ll give me £45 if I will wait until Saturday.

    Chest_Rockwell
    Free Member

    I predict a no-show.  Those extra couple of days give him time to find another bike or decide that he doesn’t want yours quite enough to bother turning up.  Having similar issues on gumtree, myself. ..

    blokeuptheroad
    Full Member

    You’ve more patience than me if you’re still in contact with him!

    johndoh
    Free Member

    ^^ He just sent me another message, I haven’t responded since this morning – I’m curious now to see if he ends up offering what I originally said I’d take for it (I won’t sell it to him even if he does).

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