Don’t like the price? Don’t buy it. Simple.
Have you ever sold anything on craigslist? What about the new Facebook groups? On Craigslist someone asks to give you less than asking price, generally you text them and say “nah” or “sure” because it was within your negotiation range.
Well, now on Facebook groups, people have faces and conversations.
Pass the wine, pass on the whine
Something goes up for sale on these new Buy/Sell/Trade groups on Facebook and bam! People are interested or upset because they don’t have the cash for the asking price… and then the begging and whining starts. From grown-ass adults. Yep, don’t tell me you haven’t noticed it. The “oh my daughter’s birthday is coming up and this is the only thing she’s asked for…” Or, “I can get that at the thrift store for cheaper than the price you’re asking!” Okay, go ahead and get it from there!
This isn’t the Insurance Marketplace. You don’t have to buy it. No “penalty” to the IRS if you don’t buy it.
It is the free market. If someone spent 3 hours driving to a special show and got a “freebie” there and wants to sell it, that is up to them! If someone goes to garage sales and flea markets and finds some good deals and then resells them on ebay, that is up to them!
Yes, some people sell on ebay as their full timejobs! They make money! Imagine that! Yes, they may not put a lot of money into the first product, but it takes time to find the deals. They often have to work to get the item back into sell-able condition. They may have fees to paypal. They have to package it. They have to have postage. They have to spend time to have mailers and envelopes and boxes of the right size. They don’t HAVE to give you the item for the price they found it.
To all the people complaining over the price someone (a private party at that) selling that new American Girl doll, or the one just retired, don’t complain. Just don’t buy it. Simple economics. If people don’t pay that price, the price will go down. If someone will pay that inflated price, let them. While I will never buy a doll barrette for $38, I don’t tell someone they have to sell it for me for cheaper. I just scroll.
Some people get angry. I prefer to laugh. These people can get crazy. Really. Take a few deep breaths. Maybe do some yoga. Maybe grab a drink. But seriously relax.
What should you do if you don’t like the price of something?
Don’t buy it.
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