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Bad Form and Uncool Moves When Trading
Maybe this belongs in market place so mods please move if so.
Bit of venting but also wondering others thoughts on someone playing two people against each other when trading.
What I mean is, suppose person A approaches you (person B) and says they're interested in trading for stuff you have listed for sale only. You figure "ok, I really wanted to sell this stuff for cash, but what the heck, let's see if a trade could be worked out." So you exchange info and pics and so on...which goes on for a few weeks. So you make a trade offer. Person A says they're really interested I a trade, but not sure about the value of what you are offering. You respond back and indicate how you arrived at you offer. They don't make any attempt at a counter but responds back that they are "really interested". So you think, "ok, looks like we can work something out" and you pull your stuff out of storage in anticipation of sending out the sets.
Next thing you know, person A sends you a PM saying that they don't know if they agree about the valuation of the trade, makes NO attempt at a counter, and then says "they have someone else interested".
So, I'm pretty irritated, partly due to wasted time but mainly because the abrupt change of tone and time lags in responding to PM Makes it seem like person A was negotiating with Me as well as another person. Which is their right, but I think it's not a cool move to do that IF you have not disclosed to people that you are evaluating different offers. Keep in mind also that person A approached me!
I get everyone may want to get the best deal they can, but I just don't think it's cool to do this. And if I'm wrong and person A was not playing people against each other, than it still just seems like a sh;tty way to communicate and work a deal.
Done venting. Anyone else have a similar experience or have thoughts to share?
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When someone just says "I'd like to trade for this and that" with no offer, there's often not a great deal in the end of that conversation, is my experience.
I find the same goes with selling, the more questions and haggling, the more problems later on (like not responding after getting a price they have agreed on).
As far as your situation goes, I think I would have handled it a little differently like mentioned. I may be willing to entertain a trade, but they quit responding or don't like the terms, I'd move on. Granted, being in the situation and seeing the situation from an outside perspective are different. I may react differently if it were happening to me.
Since I don't sell on eBay or Bricklink (I only buy), I fully expect any potential trading partner to check my referrences, or ask for information directly.
I've only had one 'bad' experience that still ended up working out despite some obvious risks.
Given my choice of vocation, I enjoy negotiating and exploring trade options. If both parties can solve each other's needs, it helps add to the community.