Best Offer on eBay is always a controversial topic among resellers. Some people love it, and some people hate it with a passion. I fall between the two. I have added Best Offer for the past month on most of my listings and this is how I feel about it.
I personally like it. I changed the way I saw it. Before I saw it as a nuisance. I only added to my more expensive items ( $50+) and stuck by people messaging me offers. I decided to add it all to my listings since most of my inventory has been sitting around too long. I first told myself to not see it as an ultimatum. I think in the past, receiving low ball offers was getting to me. I started to question myself if I my items really are worth that low and perhaps I’m just not meant to be a re-seller.Yet I didn’t have to accept their offer. It really shouldn’t be a big deal because the eBay community truly is a wide range of buyers.
I get best offers everyday now since adding it to my listings. I do get the lowballers but those I just deny their offers as oppose to counter offering. Lowballers are subjective to re-sellers. I consider lowballers offering 75% off the listed price. Basically they are offering what I probably paid for at the thrift store. Which is really low. People generally send me best offers between 25% to 50% off the listed price. I accept depending on how much money I want to make that day but not at the expense of losing money. Meaning I make sure to make what I spent back. Some days I’m willing to accept low offers because those items have been sitting in the store too long and I want to make money back to buy more product.
I do counter offer for a number of reasons. Usually it’s because I know someone else will eventually pay more. I know I mentioned I counter offer $1.00 because I don’t want my item just sitting there not being paid on a timely manner ( An unpaid items case takes 5 days). I only do that if a buyer has too few feedback, or if my items is popular (more than 2 watchers). So yes I still do that weird counter-offering $1.00.
I know some re-sellers hate it because buyers can be relentless in getting a good deal. That’s ok. You don’t have to sell to those buyers if you don’t want to. That’s the beauty of decline offer option X3.