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    What would you consider a "Low Ball" offer?

    I am really curious to know what other people think.... When buying or selling a watch, how much of a discount does one ask for or give? How much is too much? What is considered a "Low Ball" offer?
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    Re: What would you consider a "Low Ball" offer?

    Depends on the price and the watch but anything greater than 25% off the asking price seems like it might veer into low ball territory.
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    Re: What would you consider a "Low Ball" offer?

    Anything less than asking price when you explicitly state “no offers.”

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    Re: What would you consider a "Low Ball" offer?

    I just consider a low ball an introduction to start the negotiations or conversation, no point taking offence either way.
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    Re: What would you consider a "Low Ball" offer?

    Hard to say, but that 25% number is not far off. If you offer a really low ball offer, don't expect much from the seller in response. I usually just look at listings I find priced well to begin with and go from there. I'm not going in with the idea I can get 25% off the price. I would rather pass on what might be a great deal rather than offend a fellow member with a stupid low offer.
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    Re: What would you consider a "Low Ball" offer?

    Quote Originally Posted by mitchjrj View Post
    Anything less than asking price when you explicitly state “no offers.”
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    Re: What would you consider a "Low Ball" offer?

    I usually only send offers for the watches which are close to the price that I can afford and willing to pay. If the asking price is too far off then I don’t bother.
    I don’t think you can put a percentage number because a lot depends upon the total price. For instance, if someone is asking $100 for a G Shock and I feel $75 would be reasonable price then I wouldn’t hesitate making an offer of $75, which is 25% off. On the other hand, if someone is selling a plant ocean for $4000 then I would never make an offer of 25% off, which in this case would be $3000. Yes I might send an offer of $3500 with the hope of settling somewhere in between $3500-$3750, which is 6.25-12.5% off only. And if I felt that $3000 is a reasonable price then I would never make an offer if someone is trying to sell it for $4000.


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    Re: What would you consider a "Low Ball" offer?

    Quote Originally Posted by jkpa View Post
    Hard to say, but that 25% number is not far off. If you offer a really low ball offer, don't expect much from the seller in response. I usually just look at listings I find priced well to begin with and go from there. I'm not going in with the idea I can get 25% off the price. I would rather pass on what might be a great deal rather than offend a fellow member with a stupid low offer.
    I find this works for most anything.
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    Re: What would you consider a "Low Ball" offer?

    Quote Originally Posted by jkpa View Post
    Hard to say, but that 25% number is not far off. If you offer a really low ball offer, don't expect much from the seller in response. I usually just look at listings I find priced well to begin with and go from there. I'm not going in with the idea I can get 25% off the price. I would rather pass on what might be a great deal rather than offend a fellow member with a stupid low offer.
    This is what I do as well. If the asking price is fair to begin with, I'm not going to try to get a few more bucks taken off.

    If the asking price is more than I'm willing to pay, or out of line with the current market, I'll simply move along.

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    Re: What would you consider a "Low Ball" offer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard- View Post
    I just consider a low ball an introduction to start the negotiations or conversation, no point taking offence either way.
    I agree, but so many people just don’t get it. Like I heard an auctioneer once say, “It doesn’t matter where the bidding starts, only where it ends.”
    Also irks me when people simply refuse an offer and don’t counter-offer...that typically ends all communication from me unless it’s a good deal to begin with and my initial offer was just to make sure that I wasn’t leaving money on the table.

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