The Pitfalls of Selling Your Worldly Possessions
July 11, 2011 3 Comments
This e-mail exchange is so good that I’ll let it speak for itself; buyer is blue, I’m in pink:
Hi, interested in buying vacuum, vcr, and stereo, Logitech subwoofers, guitar perhaps.
I’ll get the vacuum then. How big is it? Does it fully work? Good condition?
The vacuum is a smaller one–ideal for smaller places (if you have a house, I wouldn’t recommend it). It’s in good condition and has a nice feature in that the apparatus at the front folds in the middle so you can get into corners really well. It comes with a hose attachment that I find very useful.
As per the ad, I’ll need it until the 17th to clean up after I move out my furniture. I’ll be off work (and still in the country) on the 18th and 19th for sure, maybe the 20th.
Let me know if I need to hold it for you for sure and I’ll mark it as sold.
Thanks for your detailed email. Small would be better for me. It’s bagless right? How much is it (price)? (Uhm, I guess reading the ad is hard…)
Sure you can hold it for me.
As per the ad it’s $30–picture attached. Yes, it is bagless.
I will mark it as sold.
Thanks for the picture. So you’ll have it available on 17th as you said right?
Can you give it away for $20 if it’s ok?
Everything’s being sold at pretty deep discounts at this point so the prices aren’t negotiable. If you still want it let me know and it’s yours on the 17th.
I understand it’s discounted. I sold my ikea dresser for only $20 that I bought for $150. If you can give it away for $20 I’ll buy it.
Thanks so much
Had I known that price was still an issue I wouldn’t have marked the item as sold–this is kind of frustrating that you didn’t bring the up the price issue before we decided that you were taking the item. $25 is my final price. Your call.
Hi, $25 is fine. Where are you located?
(Insert address info here). Get in touch with me before the 17th so we can figure out timing of pick up.
Sorry by the way how old is the vacuum? I just wanted to make sure it’s fully working/nothing broken? Does it have hose?
(Notice how now he’s asking questions that were answered a few e-mails ago.)
I’m adding a $5.00 surcharge for all the e-mails, lol.
Seven years old, has a hose, in good working condition or I’d be throwing it out.
Logitech speakers are still available. (he asked about the speakers again in yet another e-mail)
Lol true so many emails for just a vacuum. I have been jacked before. So I’m being careful this time.
So for the moment, I’m not marking it as sold, ’cause you don’t seem sure about it…
Let me know when you’ve made a final decision.
Of course I’m sure. I don’t know what made you think I’m not sure.
I’m not sure if that’s a joke or not… So just to be clear you’re sure you want the vacuum and I should mark it as sold. Because I’ve changed that back and forth 3 times in the midst of these e-mails as I didn’t know if were a) going to agree on a price b) you were going to be okay with the age of the vacuum etc. It wasn’t clear at all from this e-mail exchange. Let me know.
Making it clear that I’m interested… hope this helps.
And two days later…
Hi, I’m so sorry I can’t buy your vacuum because I decided to buy brand new because of higene reasons.