|Wed Dec 21 2016 21:24:02|
Does eBay Make It Too Hard to Haggle?
By: Ina Steiner
A reader said he noticed that eBay has an option to filter search results by "Buy It Now," and offered an interesting observation: there's no option to filter results by Buy It Now with "Best Offer."
Best Offer is a haggling feature that allows shoppers to make an offer of a lower price on a listing where the seller makes the feature available.
While in general sellers don't want to have to deal with more emailing back and forth, sellers can automate the Best Offer process if they wish.
Some sellers find Best Offer is a great way to get sales they might not otherwise get.
you have 48 hours to respond to Best Offers individually. Or, as it explains, you can set it up so that the Best Offer system "will automatically accept or decline offers outside of price limits you set. Buyers will not know that you have set these limits, and you can change your price limits at any time, as long as the listing is still active." See exactly what flexibility you have as a seller on this help page.
Our reader said the Best Offer refinement to search "would not only make it much easier for buyers to get a good price, but would benefit sellers like me who wait endlessly for offers on hundreds of my listings."
He went further: "Don't buyers realize that most sellers would accept almost any reasonable offer just to break even each month, especially as eBay continues to nickel and dime us to death?? I for one often accept offers as low as 60% just to get rid of inventory."
Do you use Best Offer, and what do you think of offering shoppers a filter so they can drill down their searches to only those listings where sellers are willing to dicker?