Tips for Finding & Bargaining for a Great Deal
If you ever visited my blog you would know that I find great deals for my projects. Mostly it includes furniture and home décor because that’s what I blog about mostly. But today I will be sharing how I find my deals and some bargaining tips that will get you what you want for the price you want.
These tips apply mostly for second-hand websites like Craigslist, OfferUp, etc.
Before I begin I would like to share the site I use to find most of my deals. It’s called OfferUp, I personally like it because it’s an app and really it’s really easy to use. My favorite part is that you can directly message the seller with offers or questions through the app itself, which makes it easier than having to text or email from your personal accounts.
Tips for FINDING a deal:
Tip #1: RECENT’S (NEWEST): My first tip for finding a great deal is you need to be the first one to spot it. When looking for treasure, use you filter button, and always search the newest posts first. Because great deals don’t last.
Tip #2: CONSITINY: If you’re looking for something specific, be consistent with looking. Check every day for any new postings, and use that newest posts (tip #1) filter
Tip #3 POTENTIAL: To be honest most of the stuff posted on second-hand sites are practically junk. But you must see the potential, most picture on these sites are literally the worst, so it’s easy to just scroll right past something that has potential.
Tip #4: CONSIDER GAS, MILLAGE & TIME : If you find a great deal, consider if it really would still be a great deal after driving the distance. Remember you can also negotiate a lower price if you’re traveling from a distance.
Tip #5: DO YOUR HOMEWORK; find the item you’re thinking of buying on other sites. Which includes new and used and compare. Mention the original price to the seller.
Tip #6: DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY NO. If the item is not worth the money or time, simply don’t buy it.
Tip #7: TIME IS MONEY. If you’re planning on purchasing something that needs work. Keep in mind the time and material you might need for the project.
Tips for BARGAINING for a great deal:
Tip #1: Offer to pick up for cash, most of the time when sellers want to get rid of something, they like how cash sounds. So offer to pick it up as soon as you can and flash the cash.
Tip #2: Offer a lower price then you willing to buy for, and then the seller might offer you the high offer that’s reasonable. For example, a chair is posted for $90, I would offer $50, and the seller might offer back $70.
Tip #3: When you come to see the item, take your time looking, check for flaws that you can bargain with. Especially if the item is not in the condition you were expecting. Example: I didn’t see this scratch in the pictures posted can I offer you $90?
Tip #4: If you set a price before seeing the item, you can still bargain when you come to exchange. Most of the time the seller wants to get rid of the item, and that’s why they’re selling. So if they took the time to meet with you, then they most likely won’t want the hassle of taking it home or meeting someone else.
Tip #5: Don’t settle, if you send someone an offer and they reject it; it’s alright, just say “well let me know if you change your mind” and watch and see what happens.
Tip #6: Offer cash, TODAY! Today is the golden word, if there is a good deal it’s usually because the seller needs cash, or want to get rid of it ASAP. So offer to pick it up in cash today.
Tip #7: Ask questions, if you know the history behind the item, the item seems to be less attractive, giving you an advantage for bargaining
Tip #8: Mention the original price to the seller. I already mentioned previously about doing your homework on the item you are trying to bargain for. This ensures you that you know you’re getting a great deal.
Tip #9: Don’t be afraid to lowball, I saved this one for last because I know that it doesn’t apply to everything. If the posting says NO LOWBALLERS please respect the seller. But some items are appropriate for lowballing, for example, something like used furniture.