Unlike your traditional yard sale, there's no hassle of putting stupid little tags on everything, no days spent trying to find tables to put all the stuff on, no hours spent in the hot blazing sun turning into a lobster as you hope people actually show up and buy stuff (and not pilfer anything). Just take a picture, slap a price on it, list the pick-up location, and voila!
1. The "Give it to me for nothing." Don't low ball. It's just plain rude and insulting. If I list the item at $50, I'm just going to look cross-eyed at your $5 offer while snorting then click the little "x" in the upper corner of your PM.
2. The "Will you drive an hour each way so I can buy your $1 onesie?" Umm, no? That won't even cover my gas. Let's be realistic here, people. And no, saying it's for your niece/cousin/sister/dog's uncle's brother isn't going to make me change my mind.
3. The "I only want half the lot. Only the items worth the most. But I'm not going to pay anything more than 1/4 of your price for them." That's nice. Too bad I'm not going to agree to it.
4. The "I have no money." If you don't have the money for it, don't say you want it. Don't ask me a billion questions when you're not going to be able to get it anyway. Especially, don't say set up a time to get it then back out five minutes before saying, "Sorry, I don't have the money." This should be self explanatory. If you don't even have the money, why are you wasting my time? And yours, for that matter?
5. The "Where is that/How far is it from XYZ?" The pick-up location is listed clearly in the ad. Not familiar with it? There are these things called Google and Mapquest -- use them. A bunch of messages asking me where the place that is listed on my ad is located or how far it is from your town ends up to be annoying. I sure as heck am not going to Mapquest is for you.
6. The "I can't decide on my own/want to be first in line but probably won't take it anyway." Don't say you need to check with your husband/fiance/whoever and then fade off into the ether. Either admit up front that you really don't want it or have the manners to come back and say you don't want it after talking it over with whomever. Oh, and no, I'm not holding it for you while you ask. I know that trick -- 10 to 1 I'll never hear from you again.
7. The "Give me a sob-story discount. Or better yet, give it to me for free." Please, oh please, don't give me a long sob story trying to get me to give you something for way less than it's worth or for free. I'm not kidding when I say every other person I hear from tries this. I've got my own sob story. If I could afford to give it away or sell it for less, I already would be.
8. The "I'll come to your house." Really? Are you joking? I have kids. You think I'm going to let a random stranger come to my house? Then open the door? Sure! Let me get right on that -- never.
9. The "No Show." If you say you want it, set a time to pick it up -- show up. Don't be a special snowflake of flakiness. Seriously, just show up. Don't cancel when you're already supposed to be there and I've already wasted the gas to get there. Don't cancel 5 minutes before as I'm walking out to door. Just. Show. Up.
10. The "Now that I have you here, how about a lower price?" No. A world of no. We agreed on a price. You pay that price. Or I'm taking my stuff and driving off, as I give you the finger. It's ok, my kids are still rear-facing. They won't see.
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