To think if you don't have the money, why bother?

(38 Posts)
oreosaretasty Fri 06-May-16 19:37:08

another facebook selling one
I was selling a fridge freezer earlier
lady turned up to collect, Sold it for 25 pounds (nothing wrong with it, so quite a bargain!) she had driven 30 minutes to come and get it, then offered me a tenner on the spot. I said no, I'm sorry I know I want a quick sale but I'm not taking offers.
she then has a go at me (In my own bloody hallway) because she's spent a fiver on fuel and now has nothing to show for it. I offered to go down to 20, because I felt very bad for her.. she then told me 'oh i've only got the 10.' so I said I sympathize with you feeling your time has been wasted, however I've got to get on now.. She then flounced out the door calling me a 'fucking bitch' on her way out... Not too put out because someone has just collected it now (this happened around 2hrs ago) for the full 25 but I'm still a bit shocked that someone would not only a- be so rude (not my aibu) but b- turn up with less than the amount required...
ok fair enough if you want to attempt a last minute haggle but why would you not at least have the full price on you, so if the seller says no you can choose to go ''ok here you go''...
AIBU to wonder why anyone would bother turning up (And wasting their time+money) if they didn't have the required amount of cash??

NapQueen Fri 06-May-16 19:41:08

Because some people are fucking idiots. They assume you will just go "ah go on then". Good on you!

Its like the people who sell stuff on FB or whatever "just needs a clean" - so bloody clean it theb!!

Tiopyn Fri 06-May-16 19:42:17

YANBU - seems like such a waste of time, even ignoring the unnecessary rudeness.
Imo most haggling should be done before going to collect an item. If you want to haggle on the doorstep then fine, but expect to pay the full price if the seller won't accept the lower offer.

TheUnsullied Fri 06-May-16 19:42:40

YANBU. People will forever try to chance their arm like this though. I had similar when selling a car. They put you on the spot and try to make their problems yours so you feel the need to offer a solution.

TheWeeBabySeamus1 Fri 06-May-16 19:43:12

I hate selling stuff for this exact reason. Never had someone cheeky enough to actually give me a mouthful for saying no though. shock

BMW6 Fri 06-May-16 19:46:37

More fool her - serves her right to drive 30 mins and leave with NOTHING!!!

Good on you OP for not giving in to the grabby entitled cow.

FlyingElbows Fri 06-May-16 19:46:46

I sold something via a Facebook group and woman messages me to say she was only going to give me half the asking price because it wasn't the one she wanted! Well why on earth are you buying it then?! I sold it to someone else for the asking price. You really get some odd people buying stuff on Facebook.

oreosaretasty Fri 06-May-16 19:49:13

Exactly Tiopyn! I wouldn't mind if someone had done that...
TheWee you've got no idea the amount of chancers I come across. Easily over half of the people I sell to or buy from. Easily!

Jaimx86 Fri 06-May-16 19:50:09

BMW6 - can someone be entitled if they're buying ascends freeze - fora tenner?! I'd call her a dirty scrubber! wink

blinkyoullmissit Fri 06-May-16 20:04:37

You haggle before you go to pick the item up, you don't haggle on the door when you've agreed on the price hmm some people are loonies

AugustaFinkNottle Fri 06-May-16 20:08:06

I had that once selling a car - an apparently very nice couple came and test drove it, said they liked it and offered half of what was already an extremely reasonable price. They simply couldn't understand why I was saying no, and tried for ages to persuade me effectively to give them £1000. I had to get quite stroppy to get them out of the house.

CaptainCabinet Fri 06-May-16 20:13:35

Yep. That's the rule, haggle before you show up. (Unless you are negotiating as it's not as advertised). This happened to me the first few times I sold on gumtree. I was so surprised I agreed. Not anymore.

Chancers just think you'll just give in because you want rid and the person is there.

oreosaretasty Fri 06-May-16 20:14:45

Augusta, I was selling a Mitsubishi Carisma for 325 (Had MOT, no known faults, no advisories and a few months TAX, back when it could be transferred but I desperately needed it sold that weekend as I had lost my job and would struggle to get final months bills together before moving to parents. ) someone offered me £50 for it and couldn't understand why I said no!

rookiemere Fri 06-May-16 20:17:17

Yes people tend to haggle on pick up with gumtree. I got wise to it and as it was mostly DS's fads that he had grown out of I'd stress on the advert how much DS was looking forward to the money to save up for <insert next new thing>.

On the other hand if people were nice and gave the fully money right away I'd tend to throw in a few extra things.

TheUnsullied Fri 06-May-16 20:32:10

Augusta the guy trying to buy my car offered me less than the scrap value because him and his mate would have to do a few inexpensive bits to it to get it through the MOT and told me they'd come to that price by charging their hourly rate for X number of hours shock I was selling for £250 because it needed a few bits doing and was 2 months away from its MOT. The car would have been worth about £1200 if it was freshly MOTd. He offered £90. Tried to hand me that amount and everything! I told him in no uncertain terms that I wasn't reducing the price to reimburse him for time he'd spend working on a car that he'd own afterwards. Fucking chancer.

It went for £250. There really was nothing significant wrong with it.

GeezAJammyPeece Fri 06-May-16 21:00:09

Its like the people who sell stuff on FB or whatever "just needs a clean" - so bloody clean it theb!!

this!!

Totally put my foot in it yesterday though when a picture of a dodgy manky looking corner suite thing popped up and it was only after I sniggered and commented along the lines of "jeez! You'd think she'd at least move the kids dirty vest off before she took the pic --and sorted the cushions--" that a colleague glanced over and said "oh, that's my cousin" [mortified]

JapaneseSlipper Fri 06-May-16 21:09:23

"Its like the people who sell stuff on FB or whatever "just needs a clean" - so bloody clean it then!!"

I don't get this. Are you saying that the owner should clean it and carry on using it, if it's in such good nick?

Or are you saying, if you plan on selling something, you should clean it first?

GraysAnalogy Fri 06-May-16 21:13:06

Japanese they meant that surely you'd clean it first.

OP this is ridiculous. The absolute cheeky arsehole.

omgoap Fri 06-May-16 21:16:42

People never cease to amaze me. I've been renovating and putting things up on Freecycle and some of the attitude on there is unbelievable and that is giving away perfectly useable items for FREE! I can't count the number of times I've been stood up and not contacted after arranging.

GraysAnalogy Fri 06-May-16 21:17:42

You were very polite OP.

BoopTheSnoot Fri 06-May-16 21:17:47

YANBU. How rude.
My pet peeve is this: sometimes if I need the space or whatever, I will advertise an item on these selling sites for free but collection only. I will then be mobbed by folk asking me to deliver. So not only would they be getting something for free, they would also have me use my fuel to bring it to them. Drives me nuts angry

JapaneseSlipper Fri 06-May-16 21:18:44

But I can understand why someone would not want to spend time cleaning something they want to be shot of. If someone is prepared to take it on in its unwashed state, why spend an hour of your weekend labouring over something that you don't want anymore?

Say I wanted to sell something for £50, but just didn't have the time to clean it nor the space to store it. If i could sell it for £35 or £40, it would be worth taking the hit, because my time is worth that.

If it's an item of clothing with puke on it, obviously I would clean it. But if it were, say, a dusty jumperoo with crayon marks on it, I can imagine just taking the chance that someone would take it off my hands with no more effort poured into it.

GraysAnalogy Fri 06-May-16 21:19:58

Personally I'd be bloody embarrassed selling something that needed a good clean. I've seen things like kids toys labelled this way

Wonkydonkey44 Fri 06-May-16 21:23:40

I would rather give stuff to charity now , the posts that read like ..... I'm looking for a immaculate X , must be in brand new condition but I want it really cheap or even free and u must be prepared to deliver it to me.

God those people really piss me off!

JapaneseSlipper Fri 06-May-16 21:25:26

GraysAnalogy I guess so. But I think if the seller is upfront about it and offers a price that reflects the condition, I wouldn't get annoyed about it as a potential buyer. I'd just move on if I didn't fancy cleaning it.

Maybe my view is coloured by the fact that I love prowling charity shops and finding unwashed treasures. I love cleaning something up beautifully so you'd never know it was the same item. But that's not really the same thing.

OP - YANBU - lady sounds VVU!

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