I had a truly eye-opening conversation concerning Offers.
But let me start at the beginning…
My best friend is obsessed with shoes. She does not just claim to love shoes, it is a lifestyle for her.
She has a room in her home dedicated to her shoes. She has hundreds of pairs.
My best friend is also on Poshmark. She doesn’t sell, she has yet to purchase, but she does browse.
She browses the shoes, of course.
Occasionally she will ask my opinion on a pair she finds. I insist that she let’s me check out the listing to determine if it looks like a reputable seller and closet.
A week or so ago, we were sitting at Starbucks enjoying our grande flat white lattes when she showed me a pair of shoes she liked. They were really nice Vera Wang flats, not my style, but TOTALLY her.
This is how our conversation went…
Best Friend: Oh, look, tell me what you think of these…
Me: They are ok
Best Friend: I made an offer but they didn’t respond
Me: Let me see… (looks to see when seller was last logged on). How much did you offer?
Best Friend: $13.00
Me: How much were they asking?
Best Friend: $75.00
Best Friend: What?
Best Friend: WHAT?!
Me: She won’t respond, you offended her…
Best Friend: Why?
Me: You offered waaaaay too low!
Best Friend: But I offered her what I wanted to pay. I think they are worth $13. I want to pay $13.
She was totally and completely right.
She wanted to pay $13… not $75.
It really is that simple of an explanation.
You are allowed to offer what you think something is worth. Everyone has a different value perception.
They are not paying for your memories or concerned about the full price purchase you regret making.
Your potential buyer is letting you know how much they want to pay.
You have 3 choices you can make:
No need to get upset… think of a lower-than-you-would-like offer as “market research.”
If you continually get the same low offer on the same item, it may be time to assess the following:
PRICING: What is this item worth?
- Check out similar SOLD listing on Poshmark and compare
- Look at other online selling sites and see what they are asking
PHOTOS: Do your photos show your item in the best way possible?
- Check out similar items and get ideas on how to photograph your item
- Change it up! Model it or try out a cute flat lay
DESCRIPTION: What are you saying about the item?
- Mention all the amazing features (pockets? adjustable? versatile color?)
- Tell your potential customer how they can style the item
- SELL the item’s awesomeness in the way you describe it
My simple, honest conversation with my friend really opened my eyes.
There was not a single ounce of her that was being rude or trying to offend the seller.
She had nothing to lose by offering, but might have ended up with the shoes at a great price.
She did not buy the shoes that day. But don’t feel bad for her, she has since forgotten about them and moved on.
Remember, she has hundreds of shoes in her shoe room just waiting to be worn.
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