Post # 1
I just listed a lot of my things for sale AFTER my Sept. 18th wedding.
What do I do when I have buyers interested?
How do you make it fair for both buyer and seller? Do you get something in writing, a downpayment of some sort??? I hadn’t given too much thought before I listed, LOL.
I feel like buyers SAYING “I’ll take it.” now and actually following thru after the wedding is iffy. Many will forget or buy things on their own between now and Sept. KWIM?
I guess what I am saying is -I don’t want to do all of the foot work now, just to have to re-do it again come Sept. as far as taking photos,listing, and emailing interested buyers.
Larger items like manzanita trees that I want sold ASAP after the reception (they have taken over my house! it looks like an enchanted forest right now and as much as I love them I can’t wait to get rid of them, lol!) I want some kind of guarantee they will be picked up the day or so after.
What have you ladies done in the past to make this work????
Thanks In Advance 🙂
Post # 3
How about a deposit? They can give you a deposit of a certain percentage, with the understanding that if they don’t pick up within the certain period of time, they’ll lose that deposit and any hold on the item?
Post # 4
@ mama2piglet, Sorry I have no advice, as I have not tried selling any wedding decor/items yet. I did have to LOL at the “enchanted forest” part!! So funny!!
Post # 5
I would try and work out a 50% payment option. 50% now and the rest after the wedding. Or maybe a 20% deposit that gets forfeited if the person changes their mind when it comes time to pay the balance after your wedding. Otherwise you will definitely have people decide they don’t want things after swearing up and down that they do. I’ve had it happen several times with items that are ready to go now. I get email inquiries on items that I’ve listed with pictures and the price, I go to the trouble of getting a shipping cost and making sure it is as low as possible (and on some items, shipping was already included) and then when it comes time to pay…. crickets…. I was actually surprised at how often it happens, especially when the cost and pictures were already posted so it’s not like there was new info that made someone change their mind. It was really frustrating because I was considering some things sold, telling other brides they weren’t available, and then the original person would fall off the face of the earth or change their mind. And I’m not even talking about the casual inquiries or people emailing with questions but buyers who said things like “OMG, I have to have these, I’m so excited they are still available!”. Eventually I stopped considering anything sold until payment was made and fortunately I did sell all the big stuff so it’s less of an issue now. But on the flip side, I also had fun sharing my ideas and wedding details with brides who were planning a wedding similiar in feel to mine. Good Luck!!
Post # 6
With technology now, its really easy for people to email and say they are interested. I would suggest a deposit type of situation. I think that is the only way to make sure the buyer is still willing to buy after the wedding.
I saw someone else that did a posting and was keeping the names/email addressess of the top 5 interested buyers that she would contact after the wedding.
Post # 7
thanks so much for your advice! that is exactly what I was afraid of grace. I know how much hard work it is to take pics, list, follow up (I’ve done my fair share of selling on Ebay) so it looks like a deposit is what I will ask for. I’m glad you were able to sell all of your large items! I’m sure that makes all of the hard work woth it 🙂
Post # 8
Yeah just remember that it’s also still early…and some people even with a deposit won’t end up taking them, or more often than not, they might say they’ll put a deposit down, then *crickets*…If I were you, i’d wait until late July or mid August to post what you’re selling…you might have better luck with the whole deposit thing…