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Old 02-09-2018, 08:17 PM
gunnellett gunnellett is offline
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Default Re: What's with the low ballers ?

Here is my thinking. If I see something at an exceptionally good price and I feel the person has priced as such because they are just not knowledgeable or fell into some misfortune, I will tell the person it is a good price and not dicker. Kind of a karma thing to me. This also may help to keep someone else seeing that amazing deal and snatching it up.

If someone has a goal of making money moving drum equipment, they most likely bought the equipment at a cheaper price so I have no problem offering a lower price. As said earlier, "just business" as that person was probably doing "just business" when negotiating the purchase price. The same thought applies if it is just an average Joe selling but the price feels high to me.

I personally do not like to play games when selling something so I will price at what I feel is more than fair, usually toward the lower side, and state the price is firm. It helps to eliminate the hurt feelings. Now if I say price is firm and someone offers me less, I do not even respond.

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Old 02-09-2018, 08:24 PM
Heraldo Blasco Heraldo Blasco is offline
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Default Re: What's with the low ballers ?

Originally Posted by chrislehberger View Post
Time and energy is not worth it. You could have it priced at $50 and you'd have someone offering you $40.
+ 1!!!!

Ludwig '67 Classic B.D.P.
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A bunch of Ludwig snares..... + Dyna & P.Tone.

and always trying to recover some orphan drums!!
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:58 PM
plexi69 plexi69 is offline
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Default Re: What's with the low ballers ?

I'll take it at $50.00 and pay the shipping.
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Old 02-11-2018, 05:25 PM
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Default Re: What's with the low ballers ?

If I personally see a good price I don't try and haggle it. case in point. Some years back a friend's dad wanted to sell his 1983 Tama Superstar kit. Two 24" bass drums, 12",13",14",15" toms, 16",18" floor toms,Mastercraft steel snare and a set of Roto Toms ( 6,8,10 ) This kit was one I'd wanted for some time and jumped at the chance to be able to buy it. Guy looks over the kit, looks at me and says " $600 " my hand was out faster than you can blink an eye. That was a great deal and I knew it. My other friend later on says to me " why didn't you try and haggle " my response " There was no need to " I've been lucky with the deals I've found, and once in a while have gone back and forth on Ebay with the " make an offer " option, and typically I meet in the middle with the seller. But if someone is asking $500 I don't go below $400 if I'm going to make an offer. If I'm not willing to pay close or what the seller is asking, It's not worth my time to bother them.
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:40 AM
Trilok_Gurtu Trilok_Gurtu is online now
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Default Re: What's with the low ballers ?

Like a lot of you, I've been buying and selling gear for years. In my ad's I always price the items at a realistic market value, saves lots of time and haggling. Most buyers can tell when you price an item realistically or not. I also state in my ad's "no low ballers", and I honestly rarely get them...and when I do, I just delete/ignore them, which I also state will be done in my ad's.

- Price fair. Remember, the market dictates the value, not your "time", or personal sentiments. Do your research, see what similar items are priced at, how long it's sat for...are you here to sell, or make that extra 10% after sitting on it for a year. Most people won't pay 'Reverb' pricing.

- Don't take it personal. "It's just business"...correct, remember that. It's not like that person tried to insult your Mom. Toughen up.

- State your terms up front. Be clear, concise and thorough. Examples; no shipping (local pick up only), no Pay Pal, no ballers (will be deleted with no response), etc etc.

- Rarity/quality doesn't always equal higher value. Look at vintage Premier stuff, again, the market speaks.

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