I have a Best Offer option on almost all of my listings. I like to price things high and entertain some best offers. Sometimes with the Best Offer option, you have some really low ball offers. And sometimes I get offended because some of these offers come in so stinkin’ low that it wouldn’t even cover the shipping. Do these buyers really think that a seller would sell something at a loss?
So I’ve begun experimenting with the Auto Accept Option on the best offers. This way you can determine at what price you are willing to accept an item and/or what price you want Ebay to automatically decline an offer. This way you don’t even see the offers in your mailbox. Overall, I really like it.
But when I first started using it, I sold several items that were auto accepted that kind of took me by surprise. I remember thinking to myself…I swear I listed a different price for this. Like the item below:
My asking price was $79.99 and I guess I put an Automatic Accept offer at $50. Which is what this sold for literally like an 1.5 hours after I listed. I sure as heck regretted doing the automatic Best Offer accept on this. I forgot that I had done so and then regretted it. I’m sure I could have gotten full price for this as when I did research there was one other seller selling this for $120. My bag had a couple of tears in it so I went a bit lower. I just wish that I had time to consider the offer instead of having the Auto Accept. I paid $8.06 for this at the Salvation Army and $7 shipping.
So I’m still experimenting. I think that I might just use the Auto Decline and NOT the Accept Offer Of At Least option. I want to take the time to think about an offer.
What about you guys? Do you use this feature? How’s it working for you?
Do you get unsolicited advice from other buyers?
I know this can come in handy when you have something that is rare and you think it’s one thing, then get a helpful Ebay message from another seller informing you it’s something different. This has not happened to me before, but I hear that it IS common and can be quite helpful from other sellers who are experts and willing to help out and share their expertise.
This wasn’t such a case. Last fall, I went to a SA store and hit the jackpot with really unique novelty ties.
I came home with 56 ties. They were actually quite pricey at $3.50 each. I usually spend no more than $1.49 per tie. But some of these were really cool and unique. $14.99 is usually the lowest that I will accept a BO on a tie and at this price, I only need to sell 13 of those ties to break even.
I’ve hired my son to photograph them all for me and I’ve been slowly listing them. I’m not 100% thrilled with his photography on these, but honestly, better that they are done, than waiting for me to find the time to photograph them.
A lot of these ties are Ralph Marlin. Some are silk, others polyester. So I was listing a whole bunch of these a while back and I get a message from another seller who sells lots of ties. He writes that I shouldn’t list my ties so high because RM ties are only worth about $5-$7. I wrote him back, but honestly don’t remember what I write exactly. But something to the effect that for me it’s not about the maker, but more the design of the ties and that he can price his at whatever he’d like and I’ll price mine as I choose. LOL
And just a couple of days later I sold this Ralph Marlin tie:
For which I accepted a BO of $25. Take that Ebay Seller!!! Ties don’t take up much space at all, and I am willing to wait for that right customer to come along and give me a good price. Now if they sit for a year or two with no bites, I might consider lowering the price. Maybe! 😉
Have you ever received unsolicited and unwanted advice from another Ebay seller?