Gumtree etiquette

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Ebay, Auctions, Car Boot & Jumble Sales
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Katiekangaroo77Katiekangaroo77 Forumite
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As a first time Gumtree user I've just been offered less than the listed price for an item and have accepted it. The buyer has said they will come tomorrow to collect and pay. I've now had another message from someone who is interested. Is it acceptable to accept a better offer now? I don't know if the original person will turn up and they are offering less than I wanted. But I can understand they could feel annoyed and upset - and they know where I live! Any advice please?

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  • marcarmmarcarm Forumite
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    You were happy to accept the lower offer, if you thought you could get the asking price then you should have held out.

    I would go with the original offer, but let the 2nd person know it is scheduled to be collected, if it doesnt get collected then they can have it.

    To be fair, you don't know the 2nd person will turn up either!
  • swingalooswingaloo Forumite
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    I agree with marcarm, tell the 2nd buyer you will let them know if the first one does not collect.

    Ive advertised something on a local site and the buyer offered me £5 less and asked could he collect yesterday. He didn't turn up but sent a message asking could he collect at mi-day today, I agreed and once again he has not turned up and no apology either.

    Keeps your options open but give the first buyer a chance, its only fair.
  • DoxDox Forumite
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    As a first time Gumtree user I've just been offered less than the listed price for an item and have accepted it. The buyer has said they will come tomorrow to collect and pay. I've now had another message from someone who is interested. Is it acceptable to accept a better offer now? How would you feel if someone did that to you?I don't know if the original person will turn up and they are offering less than I wanted. But I can understand they could feel annoyed and upset - and they know where I live! Any advice please?

    You accepted the lower offer, so give the first person a chance. If they don't turn up tomorrow (all too likely, I'm afraid, with these online arrangements) offer it to the second buyer.
  • brisbris Forumite
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    By accepting the offer you entered into a legally binding contract, not that it would go anywhere legally, but it's also not right to accept offers then change your mind because you were impatient.
  • Mistral001Mistral001 Forumite
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    I have only used Gumtree a few times but I have never agreed a price before visiting the seller. Is it common to agree a price in the way the original poster has described?
  • soolinsoolin Forumite, Board Guide
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    Mistral001 wrote: »
    I have only used Gumtree a few times but I have never agreed a price before visiting the seller. Is it common to agree a price in the way the original poster has described?

    Definitely, I've never allowed anyone to collect until we have agreed a price. TO meet and then discuss a price seems completely wrong to me.
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  • KorkybKorkyb Forumite
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    When I've been selling / buying from Gumtree almost all haggling is done before meeting up.


    As for the ops question - definitely honour your agreement with the first buyer. Just ask yourself if you would go back on an agreement in any other circumstance!


    I never list anything for sale on Gumtree for the price I would accept - I always bump a bit more on to allow for a bit of a haggle - that way the buyer comes away feeling he's got a deal & I get paid what I wanted. Win Win :-)
  • bigisibigisi
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    arlenewei wrote: »
    who pay first,the item belongs to whoes

    In English?
  • forgotmynameforgotmyname Forumite
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    Spammer, post building.

    Doesnt know that the NHS is and they recommend Australian Gumtree to UK sellers?
    Censorship Reigns Supreme in Troll City...

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