Selling privately and timewasters

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  1. kaasbroodje

    kaasbroodje Funster

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    So I'm currently advertising my van on ebay.
    I've got a steady stream of people texting me, usually one sentance, will you sell it for £XXXX
    I reply, suggesting they should call and we can discuss their offer - then hear nothing...

    Other problem is what I would describe as tourists. First timers who want a 'Hymer', their words, not mine.

    It's getting tedious talking about how well made the van is and how suited it is for wilding.
    They then proceed to tell me that they don't need a van this high spec, as they only plan staying on UK sites and what's the lowest price I will take.
    This is despite the fact that they've hardly stepped inside a van, at a dealers or otherwise... and certainly no research....
    and then tell me it can't possibly be worth that much :Doh:

    I think it's frustrating as I've been into hundreds of vans and am only too aware of how poor/faulty many of them are and also how expensive they are...

    Rant over....

    On the plus side, I don't think I've seen our replacement yet, so we're still patiently waiting to sell our baby !
     
  2. Chris

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    Will you take £2000?

    :BigGrin:
     
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  3. 2dogs

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    know what you mean moho,

    sold a car a few years ago saying, this is the price, no offers, don't call unless you are willing to pay, I don't need to sell.
    still had them ringing up saying will you take xxx and one turned up saying
    this is wrong and I don't like that will you drop the price.
     
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    I have been more lucky..

    sold a caravan on ebay a few weeks ago no probs.. no silly questions or calls,,

    guy who won the auction picked up the next day.. wad of cash in hand .. and off he went..

    Same with a couple of cars, RV and trailers.. no real problems except the guy who bought the RV.. When he came to collect he tried to knock off a couple of grand.. told him to go or pay up.. he paid up.
     
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  5. Barclaybasher

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    My van's on ebay.

    Friday I got a call, spent an hour in traffic to meet him at the van.

    "Oh its got a fixed bed" - says so on listing with pics - "We don't want to sleep in the van, we want to use it as a base for our cycling club, we need to seat about 10" !!!:Doh:

    Don't get me started on cyclists .....................................
     
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  6. kaasbroodje

    kaasbroodje Funster

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    Funny you say that, when we purchased, the seller clearly stated NO OFFERS, thought it was a bit odd at the time but can see why now.

    I am prepared to haggle though... everything's negotiable :Laughing:
     
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    £1500 ?
     
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  8. kaasbroodje

    kaasbroodje Funster

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    I do feel your pain...

    You'd think reading the advert would be top of the list ??
     
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    Be very careful on Ebay either buying or selling. I have emailed for dates and times to look at vans in the past only to be told it is based at the other end of the country from me and would be shipped at their expense once its paid for. I did manage to speak to someone once and i blocked my number only to have the man rant at me for blocking my number and then refused to let me look at the van? If as i hope you sell your van either take cash or a bank transfer and only let them take the van once the funds are cleared (bank transfer) this can take two hours. Good luck
     
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    Good advice Daz, certainly plenty of scams around.
    I've always been a fan of cash but these days not so sure.
    I would even be uncomfortable taking a bankers draft, risky world out there, HAS to be bank transfer.
    Comfortable doing the deal though, don't hold most dealers in high regard so try to do it privately :Smile:
     
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  11. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Well if you have no luck you can always come and talk to us, we don't bite and keep our word:thumb:

    Peter
     
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  12. Techno

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    Listed my Autocruise on ebay classifieds last year between January and March I listed it twice. First viewer bought for full asking price and put the cash in my bank on a Sunday to be sure it was his. Collected a week later. Both of us happy.
     
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  13. kaasbroodje

    kaasbroodje Funster

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    I don't normally have a problem with ebay, bought and sold several vehicles without issue.
    I suspect it's the Hymer thing... they're unusual and people are attracted to them.
    And thanks for your kind offer Peter @ John's Cross, though I suspect if I listed at px price on ebay it would sell very quickly :Rofl1:
     
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    PX value on mine was 16k I sold for 21.750
    PX was with Highbridge against a new 9048DF

    I'm glad it didn't work out as the 9048 would have been a mistake for us
     
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  15. Mattyjwr

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    I create short YouTube videos for things that I am offering including cars and flats - I give a wide view of the item and then close ups of key features or things that might be an issue, such as rust, bumps etc. I give a running commentary describing the obvious and the less obvious.

    I started doing these videos because I was wasting time going to flats to do viewings for people that would reject the flat within seconds because, for example, they didn't realise that the flat was in a converted house, was on the top floor, ground floor ...... lots of reasons that were clearly shown in the adverts or on my website but didn't click until they got there. Now when I get enquiries, I direct them to the video and that drastically reduces the number of time wasters.

    You could take you MH to a neutral place (so that you house is not in view) - E.g a car park and use your smart phone to video the van - walk the route through before you start filming and practice what you plan to say. Run the video for real and upload to Youtube and send the link to those enquiring about it or put it on your advert. You might consider disguising part of your number plate so that only the year is visible.

    Good luck.
     
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  16. Gauntlet

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    A Hymer £500.00 tops
     
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  17. magicsurfbus

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    I'm not familiar with vehicle selling on eBay, but I sell other bits and pieces on there for a living, and you might want to consider setting strict buyer requirements (Account > Site Preferences) to avoid time wasters. You can block anyone without a PayPal account, anyone without a card linked to their PayPal account, and anyone with 2 or more non-payment cases in the last 12 months. They come in handy when zero feedback morons try to bid silly money on your item to win it then forget to pay you for it. I'm convinced it's a scam by rival sellers who want your item off the market. The pre-owned mobile phone market is awash with them.

    I frequently specify 'auction only' in red text in the listings and still get people trying to make offers. I even had someone who missed a rare item by a tenner trying to bribe me to cancel the sale and send it to him instead.
     
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  18. Ivory55

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    Hi, we have been trying to sell some bits on gum tree no where near the money of your motor home. We put on the advert location Hunstanton nw Norfolk . We get interested replays who ask for the post code to come and buy it , when we give it to them they say oh that's 50 miles away ! But the advert states where we live. So yes we know what you feel like having all the muppets ringing you up.
     
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  19. Snowbird

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    Generally I don't have any trouble with ebay, but last year I sold a rare camper on there. A lady from Scotland paid for an independent inspection which turned out to be favourable. There was a great deal of interest with several viewings and she was the winning bidder until the final seconds. Some muppet from Bristol snipped it and won. So for an extra tenner the lady lost who had paid for the inspection. He then came to collect it 1 week later and tried to chip the price. It was COC and stupidly I had not taken a deposit. I told him where to go and then had to relist it. The original bidders then lost faith or had found something else and to add insult to injury the muppet left poor feedback. ebay were not interested in removing the poor feedback. They don't call it evilbay for nothing.
     
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    Youngest son sold car on ebay last week, buyer paid £250 deposit and asked son to tax it so he could drive it home.
    He came, changed his mind then wanted his deposit back!

    When eldest son gets offer he tells them to remember to bring a trailer, "why" they ask? Because at that price I'll be removing the engine he says!

    Someone wanted full service, new cam-belt, tank of fuel, taxed and the car was a trade in and offered for £500. :Eeek:
     
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