ok, got it all!
thank you, guys, a lot
thank you, guys, a lot
glad I'm not the only one this happens to. Have also had people very upset that I won't deliver sight unseen . One guy was only 5 miles away. I told him all he had to do was drive 5 miles, inspect machine, pay for it and I'd gladly deliver it. He wouldn't. His loss. It made me happy to sell it the next day to a very nice young couple and then I emailed the other guy ( because he was still wondering why I wouldnt bring it over to him ) and told him it sold.I've had just two cases in the past year when buyers wanted to pay upon delivery without seeing the item. First, I had a pristine Ingersoll garden tractor advertised for $2,100. Despite my better judgment, I drove nearly an hour and discovered the guy had a barn full of Ingersoll tractors. He wanted to test it out which is not unreasonable. However, after 20 minutes watching him mow his weed infested lawn I said "ENOUGH". He rather begrudgingly paid the full price in ten, five and one dollar bills. Over the phone he promised to pay a $50 delivery fee (his number, not mine) but somehow just couldn't "find" enough cash. My delivery fee turned out to be six dirty, crumpled one dollar bills. Lesson learned.
In late August a guy wanted an Ariens Compact 24" delivered about 20 minutes away. He said he lived 90 minutes away and was buying it for his son. He promised to meet me at his son's house and pay for it. I could see myself waiting an hour in the son's driveway because dad was "caught in traffic". I told him to come to my shop, inspect the machine, pay for it and I'd gladly deliver....he refused so I declined. I think he messaged me 3 or 4 times saying he didn't understand why I wouldn't take his money.
I think Amazon and other online retailers have set the expectation that anything can be deposited on your doorstep within 24 hours without getting off the couch. Sorry, I'm not Amazon. Cash only at my shop and then we'll discuss delivery.
By the way, I think offering local delivery really helped boost my sales this season. I'd rather spend a few minutes loading and unloading a snowblower in my truck than spending an hour trying to cram one into a buyer's little SUV.
Yep, same here- one of the best parts about doing this goofy snow blower thing is meeting some great people.Most people I deal with are VERY nice.
It seems to me that people who come to the garage and see the other blowers and start asking about them usually don't buy any. It's confusing to them. I get a LOT of people who are new to snowblowers and it's just too much info to take in at a time.I've had a few of buyers express interest in a particular snowblower but then start to overanalyze things when they see 4 or 5 others I also have for sale. Too many choices, I suppose. I've intentionally tried to keep a mix of low, medium and higher priced snow blowers ready to go so there's something for every budget. I cut them off immediately if they ask about ones I haven't finished and redirect them to the current "for sale" group. I can't remember the last time somebody showed up and didn't eventually buy one. My last sale was to a fellow who came to see my least expensive unit and ended up buying my most expensive unit the next day. That had nothing to do with my salesmanship; he just realized that spending a little bit more money would get a much more heavy duty machine.
Yep, same here- one of the best parts about doing this goofy snow blower thing is meeting some great people.
Must be a regional thing. I rarely sell on FB. too many lowballers and tire kickers. most sales come from Craigslist with very detailed ad and lots of pictures. sold 2 more today. record summer/fall and it hasnt even started snowing. won't have anything left for snow timeSo what is up with facebook marketplace I put 3 adds to sell snow blowers today and they hardly have any views
Do you have to pay for the boost now to get any views?
I have been busy with twins and haven't sold anything in a while. I used to get hundreds of views under a standard add but now that seems like it wont happen.
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Here's a little heads up if you're posting items for sale on Facebook Marketplace.
First, if your listing isn't getting many views, delete it and repost. I have found a few of my ads have somehow been "stuck" in FB. An easy way to test this is to browse ads using one or two words from your listing title in a search. If you don't see your own ad, it's not showing up for anybody else either.
Secondly, FB is now using some asinine computer algorithm to ensure you're not violating their rules. For example, I've learned after considerable trial and error that the following keywords automatically trigger a "violation of our policy against selling animals".
Yep, you just can't make this kind of nonsense up.
- Shell Rotella
- referring to a snowblower as a "beast"
Thanks I'm out of the loop here lolSnowbelt_subie, take a look at post #373