Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: New Jersey
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I have many tricks up my sleeve as I sold and purchased many used cars & used bikes privately. To get lowballers and tire kickers to play with themselves.....this is how I recently sold my 250 (a few weeks ago):
I advertised it on CL for $2,400 while everyone was advertising at $2,600 - $3,300. Mine hasn't been dropped. I had $2,700 as the lowest number I would let it go for in my heart. So why did I advertise it as $2,400??? It's kinda an asshat move.....
In the ad, I wrote, "I need it gone ASAP....that's why the low price. No time to play game. No time to show the bike. I am extremely busy." I had a lot of e-mails. I did not reply to any of them for almost a week. A week later, I replied to all the e-mails saying that I am extremely busy and that the only time I can show the bike was on Sunday at 3pm. If not, they'll have to wait 2 weeks before I will be available again. This gave them 3 or 4 days to wait and think until Sunday.
On Sunday, I showed up at 3:15pm. There were a few people there already and two more showed up after I arrived. Let the bidding war begin. Got much more than my $2,400 asking price.
Yeah.....I'm an asshat. But I didn't want to deal with the low balling offers and tire kickers. If they think there's a demand, they'll pay more.....especially when other buyers were right there to take it if they didn't take it. And everyone likes to "win" right? It's an emotional game.
And if no one wants to play the game and the highest offer I get is $2,400....I don't want to look like a completely douchebag by not honoring the price I advertised (even though I could just walk away). I have a my brother in a car parked in the parking lot watching (in case I get robbed or shot). Once turn to his direction and give a hand signal (crack my knuckles), he calls me. I answer the phone telling him the bike is almost sold. Then tell him how much. Then I put him on speaker and ask him to tell me what he just told me again. He proceeds to offer $2,600 sight unseen.
Born in NYC and lived in a few countries in SE Asia for many many years....you learn how to play hardball.
But never had to do that yet.
2014 Ninja 300 ABS SE Red/Black (Totaled)
Mods: Shorty GP Exhaust, Driven Clip-Ons, Yoshimura Rearset brackets, TST Industries LED integrated tailight, TST Industries Fender Elminator, Airbox and snorkel delete, K&N R-0990 Pod Air Filter, AllBalls steering stem bearings, 13/44 Sprockets, Pirelli Diablo Rosso 2 140/60 Rear Tire, Diablo Rosso Corsa 120/70 Front Tire, Power Commander V
2013 Suzuki GSXR 600 Blue(SOLD)
2009 Yamaha R1 Black/Red(Totaled)
2003 Ducati 999
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