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Old 05.01.2015, 17:20
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Re: Bad manners from Forum members [Marketplace no-shows]

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Of course good experiences are never mentioned.

Yep. It's widely known that people weight negative experiences as more important than positive ones. So the average schmo is far more likely to complain than praise. Loads of behavioral economics results and even a Nobel Prize come from this observation.

Not sure how this works with thanks and groans. My guess is that with groans, people are afraid of retaliation. Ah, so many games.

And if then there's the question of tooting your own horn, as it were. Do you praise yourself, or wait for someone else to do it.

Sometimes its better to just stay home and/or take your stuff to the recycling center.
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Old 05.01.2015, 17:46
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Re: Bad manners from Forum members [Marketplace no-shows]

Bad Manners, people ...... ?
Honestly, don't bust a blood vessel, over it.
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Old 05.01.2015, 19:58
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Re: Bad manners from Forum members [Marketplace no-shows]

This thread and in fact many other threads on here recently put me in mind of this story I read as a child and it has stayed with me always. Copy/ pasted.

The Drop of Water
A translation of Hans Christian Andersen's "Vanddraaben" by Jean Hersholt.

Of course, you must know what a microscope is, that round magnifying glass which makes everything look hundreds of times larger than it really is. If you take it and hold it close to your eye and look at a single drop of ditchwater, you'll see thousands of strange little creatures, such as you couldn't imagine living in a drop of water. But they are really there. They look almost like a plateful of shrimp, all jumping and crowding against each other, and they are so ferocious they tear off each other's arm and legs; yet in their own way they are happy and merry.

Now, once there was an old man whom his neighbors called Krible-Krable, for that was his name. He always tried to make the best of everything, and if he couldn't do it any other way he would try magic.

One day he sat with his eye glued to his microscope, peering at a drop of water taken from a puddle in the ditch. My! How it crawled and squirmed! All those thousands of little imps leaping and springing about, devouring each other, or pulling each other to pieces.

"This is too hideous for words!" said the old Krible-Krable. "There must be some way to make them live in peace and quiet and each mind his own business." But though he thought and thought he couldn't find the answer. So he decided to use magic. "At least I can give them a color," he said, "so I can see them better." And then he let fall into the water a tiny drop of something that looked like red wine, but was really witches' blood, the very finest kind, and worth two pennies. Instantly the strange little creatures became red all over, and the drop of water now looked like a whole town full of naked wild men.

"What have you got there?" asked another old magician, who had no name at all, which made him very distinguished.

"If you can guess what it is," replied Krible-Krable, "I'll give it to you. But it's not very easy to find out if one doesn't know."

So the nameless magician peered down through the microscope. The scene before his eyes really resembled a town where all the inhabitants ran about without clothing. What a terrible sight it was! But it was still more horrible to see them kick and cuff, and struggle and fight, and pull and bite at each other. All those on the bottom were struggling to get to the top, and those on the top were being pushed to the bottom. "Look! Look!" the creatures seemed to be crying. "His leg is longer than mine! Bah! Off with it! And here's one with a little lump behind his ear! An innocent little lump, but it hurts him, and it'll hurt him more!" And they hacked at it and tore at him and devoured him, all because of the little lump.

But one sat very quiet and still, all by itself, like a modest maiden, wishing for nothing but peace and quiet. But the others couldn't stand for that-they pulled her out, beat her, cut her, and ate her.

This is extremely amusing!" said the magician.

"Yes, but what do you think it is?" asked Krible-Krable. "Can you find out?"

"Why, that's easy to see," answered the magician. "Of course, it is Copenhagen, or some other large city. I can't tell which, for they all look alike. But it's certainly some large city."

"It's a drop of ditchwater!" said Krible-Krable.
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Old 07.01.2015, 05:27
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Re: Bad manners from Forum members [Marketplace no-shows]

As Iam in the process of moving to zurich right now, I have been selling a lot of household stuff lately. I can say my experiences have either been great with the ones who do buy or completely horrible with people not showing up or trying to offer 1/3 to 1/2 of my asking prices when the prices are stellar to begin with since Iam moving and getting rid of stuff. 50% or more people wasting time wanting to know if item is still available or just never show up and are not returning texts or calls. It's frustrating, some stuff that is valued at $50-100 and works great and looks great I'll ask $10-20 bucks people want to offer $5 or say they be here in 1 hour and never to be heard from again. The texts at midnight over a $20 item, yup, I love those.
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As Iam in the process of moving to zurich right now, I have been selling a lot of household stuff lately. I can say my experiences have either been great with the ones who do buy or completely horrible with people not showing up or trying to offer 1/3 to 1/2 of my asking prices when the prices are stellar to begin with since Iam moving and getting rid of stuff. 50% or more people wasting time wanting to know if item is still available or just never show up and are not returning texts or calls. It's frustrating, some stuff that is valued at $50-100 and works great and looks great I'll ask $10-20 bucks people want to offer $5 or say they be here in 1 hour and never to be heard from again. The texts at midnight over a $20 item, yup, I love those.
Yeah, I had that before a few times over the years, when someone turned up at my house and then tried to barter on the already pre-agreed price. Drives me nuts and I find it very offensive.

It really generally seems to be a cultural thing, as so far I have only had this from Indian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern guys... which I guess is understandable as haggling and bartering is part and parcel of shopping in those countries. However, if a price is agreed, then it shouldn't be mentioned again, and I really find it offensive.

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Old 07.01.2015, 10:15
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Yeah, I had that before a few times over the years, when someone turned up at my house and then tried to barter on the already pre-agreed price. Drives me nuts and I find it very offensive.

It really generally seems to be a cultural thing, as so far I have only t this from Indian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern guys... which I guess is understandable as haggling and bartering is part and parcel of shopping in those countries. However, if a price is agreed, then it shouldn't be mentioned again, and I really find it offensive.
If someone turned up at my place to collect something and then started haggling I'd show them the door and refuse to sell it to them. That'd be then be wasting their time more than mine.
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Yeah, I had that before a few times over the years, when someone turned up at my house and then tried to barter on the already pre-agreed price. Drives me nuts and I find it very offensive.

It really generally seems to be a cultural thing, as so far I have only t this from Indian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern guys... which I guess is understandable as haggling and bartering is part and parcel of shopping in those countries. However, if a price is agreed, then it shouldn't be mentioned again, and I really find it offensive.
Drives me nuts too but I had a Swiss family come and do that. Put the bed and mattress up on anibis and they came saying they will give 100chf for just the bed. No I need it all gone so I don't have to personally take it to the dump.

In the end I said it's 150CHF (original price for both) just for the bed because that's the price on the ad.

Fricking Swiss.
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I spent a lovely time with Angela yesterday when we met for a drink. In a lovely bistrot with a resident cat that sat on my knee.

Hope to meet up again soon.
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Tip: Never, ever offer anything for free, even if you end up giving it away to the "buyer" for nothing.

Free ads seems to attract all the timewasters who seem to think, "Oh, it's free. It doesn't matter whether I turn up or not", freeloaders, "It'll take me a while to get to your house. Can you bring it to mine or post it at your expense? And do you have a TV to give me?" and the bad mannered, "I want! Give me!".
Just finished rehoming a 15 year old sideboard and wall unit made by the Swiss firm Fraubrunnen. We offered it for free because it is heavy, with glass components so fragile, and cannot be taken apart. It was in very good condition.

We saw a few ads with similar units and it appeared to be difficult to sell for any sum of money. Even for 5 rappen we had no response from Ricardo. (you cannot advertise something for free on Ricardo, 5 rappen is the minimum.)

I emptied all the units. The "buyer" managed everything else on his own. He was polite, friendly and reliable. To show his appreciation he also gave us a nice bottle of wine.
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If buyers dont arrive on time then the next buyer gets option to buy. Items not put on hold.

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Well done, I've had similar responses to numerous stuff placed for free as well.
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If buyers dont arrive on time then the next buyer gets option to buy. Items not put on hold.

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If he had been a no show we had a long waiting list. Quite a number of people were disappointed.
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