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| p.2 #5 · Love these people who say they are interested in your gear for sale |
Well, I see I'm probably one of the irritating FMers being talked about. I think some of y'all are being unreasonable and harsh.
First of all, if you are in a hurry - that's your problem, not the buyer's. They have every right to ask as many questions and take as much time as they like. Just as you have the right to ask for their money right now or you will work with another buyer.
Unless I misunderstood the OP and those who sympathized with him, the issue isn't the seller being in a hurry. The issue is a supposedly interested prospective buyer who makes inquiries which are duly responded to by the seller, only to have the buyer seemingly disappear. Common sense or etiquette would call for the buyer to- upon having his questions/requests for pics satisfied- either commit to moving forward, or communicate alternate intentions to the seller.
Cut people a little slack. Folks are busy. They have jobs, family, crappy internet connections, lousy transportation. Not everyone has a smart phone. There are a million legitimate reasons why a buyer may be delayed getting back to you.
Then there are those who are unsure of their choice. Cold feet. Scared to pull the trigger. Just indecisive. Or perhaps like me, they just aren't in a hurry.
That is perfectly reasonable. Another perfectly reasonable thing would be for prospective buyers to be considerate and inform a seller if they will be slow to respond for any reason, or if they simply need more time to decide. I doubt the OP would have had an issue with the buyer if he had just communicated what he wanted to do- just as you advise sellers to do when you say:
As others have said above, you are free to choose the pace of communication/deal you desire - just let them know. Ask for what you want.
I know your rant was just a response to the OP's rant, but I don't think you got his point. Just as you deem it reasonable for buyers to expect answers, product pics, etc., it is reasonable for sellers to expect buyers to be upfront and communicative. There is no pressure on you to buy, but be considerate and understand that there are likely other interested buyers and a seller's ability to deal fairly with all of them is hampered when a buyer isn't responsive.