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Mon May 29 2017 20:00:11

eBay Makes Surprise Change to Best Offers

By: Reader

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Dear Ina,
Read your blog all the time. Wanted to let the community know that it appears eBay has gone from a maximum of 3 best offers to 10. Though I've seen no official announcement. 

Frankly I think 3 was more than enough. With the pathetically stupid low-ball offers as of late, the last thing anyone needs is to be forced to go back and forth 10 times with some of these people. 

If this is in fact the new policy we may have to rethink best offers.
Take care,
F.




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by: Gemz This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 29 21:30:04 2017

I thought I caught that out of the corner of my eye but thought I was seeing things. However now that I read this, YEP...10 offers! Insane! So they can go from a self imposed 70-80% off and now nickel and dime you until they get to 50-55% off of your asking price!

I started putting some auctions with some test text saying that " If I wanted to give you 50% off my listed price like a lot of you are asking for, I would have just listed it at 50% less and not allowed you to offer at all!" Since that's not the case in our listings, you will never get 50% off from us just because you made an offer 5 minutes before the auction closes. 3 offers is 1 more than is needed. If you have to go further than 2, then you are probably wasting your time with the customer anyway!

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by: JWsax This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 29 21:30:16 2017

A brainless job justifying move by some moronic executive. It serves no one , it accomplishes nothing.
I often block bidders who come in with too low of an offer as it is likely that no good will come from dealing with them. And I add a condescending note suggesting they talk to mommy and daddy about helping them and that I don't deal with children.

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by: mamie14425 This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 29 21:55:46 2017

Here's what we do.  We counter and tell our buyers this is the lowest amount we will accept.  Eventually the offer will expire....end of conversation.

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This user has validated their user name. by: SalesBoy

Mon May 29 22:11:40 2017

Easy answer.  Just set your listings to automatically decline offers that are lower than your lowest acceptable price. That option has always existed.

This way you'll NEVER have to spend one wasted second with lowballers.

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This user has validated their user name. by: LasVagueness

Mon May 29 22:16:02 2017

Believe it or not, 10 offers might be justified in some cases. I made offers on a fairly expensive item using two accounts only to find out the lowest acceptable offer was $5 off the original price! For those sellers, you might need 20 offers or more.  

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by: thebobman This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 29 22:20:57 2017

Auto decline doesnt work all the time. I might have a $1000 item with a decline under $825, but somehow i end up with a $50 offer in my email. I really need to start selling eggs so i can refer them to that listing so they have something to suck on.

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by: Windkissed This user has validated their user name.
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Mon May 29 22:23:29 2017

I have expressed my dislike for "make me an offer many times"  I hate it.  If I list something at a reasonable price, and I don;t care if I've had it listed for 10 years, I am not going to GIVE IT TO YOU.  Its my aim to make a decent profit on an item.  Even when I list fixed, with no option of make an offer they will still contact me to try and low ball me.

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by: moonmyst This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 29 22:33:50 2017

I make handcrafted, hand-painted cameo pendants. I have removed all the Make Offers on my listings. That way, if a buyer is seriously interested in an item, they will message me and offer a super reasonable price which I almost always accept. On the flip side, as a buyer, I have found almost no sellers are willing to negotiate. One seller actually offered to lower the price by five CENTS!! Sellers like that are idiots and give us reputable sellers a bad rep.

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by: Tracktronics This user has validated their user name.
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Mon May 29 23:19:00 2017

We don't offer BO, don't have time for the games. Is best to price it for what you want, and do sales at times or lower the price over time if you feel like it. Its way better. Know your price and don't try to compete with sellers who can not price their item. We list at market value, once in a while put items on sale. Maximum of 10% off. It has worked for the last 17 years.

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by: thebobman This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 29 23:24:28 2017

Hmm. Market value. That changes all the time on my items. I once had an item i had 25 of, was getting $140 each for them, got busy, didnt notice they werent selling and a year later market value dropped to $25. If amazon had offers on them, i would have noticed the dropping price rather than stuck with 16 units im going to have to take a loss on because the price is unlikely to get anywhere back to the original value.

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by: thebobman This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 29 23:30:43 2017

I should also note that you need to be more flexible on used items than new. A new car might be $15k, but a 5 year old one might be $6-10k. Why the range? Condition.

Do i want to lose a sale to a seller charging $3 less than me on an $75 item that sells about 1 unit every 3 months? Do i have time to reprice things every day/week?

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This user has validated their user name. by: eXtinctBay

Tue May 30 00:02:38 2017

If a seller finally caves in and accepts the tenth offer, the eleventh will come when the nagging buyer gets the item in their hands. And maybe attached to a phony SNAD claim as well.

As I have stated many times on ECB, Best Offer is basically a reserve auction that does not take 7 days, and I never use it. If it works for others, great for them. I prefer to wait for the serious buyers with money to spend. This puts more cash into my pocket.

My well-researched price is firm and fair, and if a prospective buyer does not agree, they can purchase from someone else. I don't have the time or temperament for BO tomfoolery.

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by: Paul W This user has validated their user name.

Tue May 30 01:00:11 2017

In the rare cases where I use best offer I set both auto-accept and auto-decline at the absolute lowest price I am willing to accept, so I only see successful offers, and buyers know immediately if their offer is accepted or not. So it would not matter to me if eBay allowed 100 offers on an item.

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Tue May 30 09:42:51 2017

"If a seller finally caves in and accepts the tenth offer, the eleventh will come when the nagging buyer gets the item in their hands. And maybe attached to a phony SNAD claim as well."

This.  I tried so hard to give everybody the benefit of the doubt.  It's wearying to deal with these people though.

Right now, I have a few rare items that are bundled with a slower selling item for about 60%-80% of the going rate for the rare item alone.  My mailbox is positively overflowing with children begging, over and over, for an even cheaper price.  I've just started putting those people on my blocked list.

The saddest part is that I have very little listed that I wouldn't have sold for MSRP when it came out.  Now I'd sooner destroy it all for a tax credit than reward this type of behavior.

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by: Ladmo This user has validated their user name.
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Tue May 30 11:31:47 2017

Sales boy is correct. "Easy answer. Just set your listings to automatically decline offers that are lower than your lowest acceptable price. That option has always existed.

This way you'll NEVER have to spend one wasted second with lowballers."

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This user has validated their user name. by: FEEbay

Tue May 30 11:40:16 2017

Great.....This will probably result in another 200 messages that need to be dealt with on Ebay on a daily basis..... 3 is plenty. What a waste of everyone's time!

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Tue May 30 12:21:25 2017

eBay must be DESPERATE for sales!

Community Team trinton@ebay

Hey everyone, I can confirm that the Business and Industrial category as well as the Collectibles category have had their best offer limits increased to 10. All other categories have been increased to 5 offers. We were receiving reports that members were unable to negotiate price to their satisfaction as they did not have enough responses available before being blocked in general, and particularly in the first two categories I mentioned above. This change went into effect on May 22nd. Lastly, I wanted to also include that every category on our eBay.ca site has been increased to 10 total offers, in case you are listing on our Canadian site.


Making changes without notice - even though they SWORE they wouldnt.

Another day, another eBay seller damaging change ... but since I dont do BO ... Ive been spared.

Condolences to those who do use it and have to put up with more eBay crap.

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This user has validated their user name. by: eXtinctBay

Tue May 30 15:41:05 2017

.....''We were receiving reports that members were unable to negotiate price to their satisfaction as they did not have enough responses available before being blocked in general.....

Really? Members could not negotiate to THEIR SATISFACTION?? That is funny. ROFL.....

How could a seller have the stomach to go back and forth more than 2-3 times anyway with a lowballer?

Memo to paupers looking for something for nothing: Try Goodwill, Craigslist, or garage sales. It costs a great deal of money to sell on eBay, and merchandise sold on the site must get top dollar to cover the exorbitant fees.

If an item is that simple to find locally, there would be no reason to place it on eBay. According to the rules of supply & demand, though, everything has a price. And a buyer must pay the cost if they need the widget.

Would someone go to a gas station and offer to pay $1.50 for a $2.20 gallon of gas? NO!! So why should they attempt to do the same on eBay???  

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This user has validated their user name. by: iBuyers

Tue May 30 19:10:06 2017

BOs apply activity to a listing which promotes search visibility. We welcome activity to listings.

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by: Barbbie This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 31 00:47:41 2017

You can bypass auto decline or accept by just adding terms. I get a lot of "free shipping" on items that already are so maybe some have already figured that out.
I really think 3 was more than enough.

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