Friday, November 4, 2016
I made them as I was reorganizing the garage, sorting through things I haven't used since we moved in two years ago, and putting them up for sale on a local FB site for buying, selling and trading.
The one thing I'm selling which I have a hard time with is the Oneida sterling silver set that my grandmother bought in 1942. It's an elegant and simple pattern, and I did use it for years. But keeping the stuff polished is getting harder for me, and I don't want to do it anymore. I have thoroughly researched this set over the years, to understand its monetary value, and the history of it. I'm offering it at a 50% discount over the sale price of the only outlet that still carries replacements. The pattern has not been in production for 40 years. And can you believe someone is interested but dickering about the price? I wrote back: Look, this is a FIFTY PERCENT discount already. Not interested in going lower.
This is a pattern when selling used goods: bowl for $10. "Will you take $6?" Oh, for crying out loud. Do you want the bowl or not? I sold some dining chairs last week and one person just wanted to buy one but I didn't want to break up the set. So I said, "no." Later, someone bought it all. The first person wrote back and said, "Really, you won't sell just one?" I said, "No, because I just sold ALL of them." (Popped another another oatmeal treat into my mouth.)
Am I being unreasonable? I don't know. Do you try to negotiate a price on used items?
I earnestly try to price items to sell, but I also want to be fair to myself. Hell, if no one buys the silver, I'll get my daughter and son-in-law to polish it the next time they're up and I'll use it again. Hells bells. Other items, I would rather donate to the SPCA Thrift shop than let someone dicker me down to a ridiculous price. Perhaps I am not cut out for this business. I guess it is common to try and strike a bargain, but I don't like it. It feels like getting bent over a log, if you know what I mean.
And this gal don't do logs.
Have a great weekend!