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Grrrr...Craigslist Sob Stories

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Tee C --- 5 years ago -

Yes--this is more Craigslist whining, lol.

First, let me say that no one--and I mean no one--can beat my pricing on Craigslist. If I sell anything, it's not to get rich. I often end up losing money, but I'd rather clear out some items and be a blessing to someone in the process than charge brand-new prices on used items. So yes, my prices are already stupidly low; they're so low that people will often offer me more money for my items if they're pending pick up, lol.

That having been saiiiiiid--why, WHY do people try to get you to come down in price on something priced low by giving you a sob story? Sigh...

We had two guest rooms, but to save space we combined one of our offices with a guest room--so I no longer needed the bedding from the bed in there since we bought a smaller pull-out couch. I had a $129 plus tax comforter on that bed that was used twice. I figured I'd sell it for $35.

Some woman contacted me and asked if I still had it. I said "yes". She asked me if I was willing to negotiate because (sigh) her husband and she were expecting a baby and they'd just spent nearly all their money on a crib and he was going to WLC so they also had to put money into getting him ready for school...so I said, "You know what? Okay. I can do $25." I figured I'd be a blessing to her because I didn't need it any longer...and she texted back and said that was out of her price range and that they would just to wait to get bedding. Jeez, she made it sound like they were sleeping under newspaper.

So I just texted back that I was sorry but couldn't go any lower, but if the price did drop I'd let her know. She thanked me and said to "let her know".

Why--why--do people feel like they need to lay a guilt trip on you to negotiate? In a way, it really pisses me off. I am a born negotiator and I have no shame in asking for discounts or deals--but all I do is ask, and all they can do is say "yes" or "no". When you start throwing in your sob story, it feels like you're trying to get something through dishonest means...sheesh. 

notsue --- 5 years ago -

Need to start replying "Oh, I think I've heard that one before, but if you are serious, you should try looking at cheaper priced items... like at your local goodwill and what not." 

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