Am I in the wrong here?

posted 3 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
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Bumble bee

Agree with PPs, you weren’t in wrong. 

BUT, in terms of selling it, be realistic. It’s of course worth more than $80, but it’s specialist and an acquired taste. If someone just wants a table and has $140, they can’t just go buy a new one. As you need the right type of buyer you might just have to wait a while and sort through the riff raft for someone who is looking for a piece like this. 

Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

so now contact the 2nd person and say the sale fell through and ask if they are still interested.

 

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee

I do a lot of buying and selling online and these are the risks of selling stuff to strangers.  

Post # 19
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Bumble bee

You’re getting too hung up on the principles here. This happens all the time with these sorts of transactions. Put an explicit note in writing about the blemish in the ad to avoid future issues. 

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee

cmsgirl :  not for $140 with that big honking scratch, are you crazy?! LOL 

Post # 21
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Busy Beekeeper

cmsgirl :  you disclosed the scratch and included a photo so you did nothing wrong – sometimes these deals just don’t work out. Contact the other guy and see if he’s still interested. He was probably a dealer that didn’t think he could turn a profit on it. 

I once was helping my mom sell some antiques and had a local dealer (that we knew pretty well!) pass on a sofa. Didn’t try to low ball us but said “hard pass this isn’t the type of stuff I deal in”. Fine, no big deal. My mom decides it isn’t worth the effort to try with someone else so just has me haul it out to the street with a “free” sign on it. That same dealer drives by as I’m walking back up the driveway and takes it! Which of course he could – we left it out for free. But I was super pissed and had a few choice words for him. Needless to say he lost our business for good. 

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee

cmsgirl :  It’s stressful selling stuff online, especially when you’re dealing with family stuff. You weren’t wrong and truthfully, I don’t think she was either. My dh sells used mid-century furniture online fairly often and I’d say 1/3 of the “sales” fall through for reasons you aren’t expecting. The reality is she didn’t realize that scratch was there or as obvious as it was, or whatever, and it was a deal-killer for her. Doesn’t matter if you think it should be, it was for her.

Selling antique pieces are harder to find buyers for, because you’re not getting folks just looking for a cheap table, you’re looking for people with a certain aesthetic. I hope it sells quickly for you and without too many more fake sales.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

cmsgirl :  no, no, not at all. I literally just mean that not that many people are after 50yr old, more specialist furniture. And by specialist I don’t mean ugly, I mean it’s clearly expensive and of a certain period. Whereas many people on the second hand market are just looking to pick up furniture for cheaps, or if they have $140 and just want a standard table, they’ll just go to Ikea or something. So you might just have to wait awhile for the right person to crop up. 

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