Bleh. Selling tack online sucks. (Feel free to add!) - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 18 Old 07-09-2014, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Bleh. Selling tack online sucks. (Feel free to add!)

For all of you that have been doing that for a while, you are all saints.

I've been marketing my used Ariat boots again. through Facebook since it hits such a big audience now. I've worn them like twice, they are pull ons, so I make it clear they have no zipper, but am including the boot pulls and boot jack with it. All of that is clearly written.

So I get a message, send some more photos, she clarifies the price. Allow me to copy and paste this conversation.

Her: ohkayy! lol. I reallly really want zip up... :/

Me: (thinking, okay, let me just take out my magic wand?) You can take boots to a shoe place and they can usually put them in for you! I thought about doing it with these since they're Ariats and will last for years, but I outgrew them.

Her: okay... I really dont want to pay 120 :(

Me: (another eyeroll...) If you don't want the boot pulls and jack, I can do $100 plus exact shipping.

Her: I was wanting to pay around 50.... that would be wonderful... dont have lots of money to spend. and I am showing for the first time in the next couple months..

Me: (fully irritated) Well, I have to pay college tuition. They are worth way more than $50, sorry! Let me know if you change your mind.

Her: (a few minutes later) yeah.... if you have zippers put in them i would consider buying them!

I'm sitting there thinking, sure!! With all of this spare money I have just laying around, let me go to a cobbler and git'r done! Just for you, snookums!

On the bright side, it reminds me to be a non-obnoxious buyer.
What are your experiences with selling online?
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-09-2014, 01:17 AM
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I don't have any personal experience selling online, but I often check the local classifieds for tack and horses. I routinely see people reply to posts asking how tall/old is the horse, where are you located, how big is that saddle and what are you asking for it, etc. when all this information is clearly stated in the body of the add. For whatever reason, a lot of people have suffer a disconnect between what is stated in the add and what they want it to say.
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To ride or not to ride.....What a silly question!
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post #3 of 18 Old 07-09-2014, 01:31 AM
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I know the struggle. Sometimes it's equally frustrating trying to buy something from people who say they want to sell but certainly don't act like it... Pulling teeth trying to get more info and good luck getting any additional pictures. Not in all cases but too often enough. It's even worse with horses. Lowballers are really annoying, it's one thing to make a somewhat low but still reasonable offer, but everyone knows to leave haggling room. It's a waste of time to ask all kinds of questions and then won't budge past less than half of the asking price!
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post #4 of 18 Old 07-09-2014, 01:55 AM
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Sigh. Tack is nothing, try selling a car :(
Just been through that, showed my car to at least 10 different people and answered about 25 emails. What on earth do people expect from a $600 beater??
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post #5 of 18 Old 07-09-2014, 03:27 AM
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I had a saddle for sale.

I bought it second hand for 1000, it had been used for 4 months. I was selling for 740.

"So, I want to offer you 150 as I am not willing to spend any more"

That didn't even get a response.

People will be cheeky, just grit your teeth and smile :)
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post #6 of 18 Old 07-09-2014, 03:42 AM
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Yeah people are ridiculous. I sold an english saddle once. Really nice saddle, used once and I threw in an orthopedic pad, the irons, a brand new girth and the bridle that had come with it. This guy offered 50 dollars that flipped and got all offended when I wouldn't give it to him. Oi.
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post #7 of 18 Old 07-09-2014, 05:41 AM
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I was once selling a quality quilted saddle pad with a full sheepskin pad along the back. I was asking a reasonable amount of money for a very lightly used pad, yet I still got a request to sell it for some 10$ or to exchange it for a very used, simple, economy saddle pad.

I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
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post #8 of 18 Old 07-09-2014, 10:18 AM
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Buying can be a hassle too. For 6 months now I have been trying to purchase a $2000 item, when I originally called I got an earful of how good it is, I had already done my research and want the item. When I finally got through that I wanted to purchase, it turned out they had none till next month. This has been going on for the 6 months now. I am supposed to get it the end of this month, what do you want to bet when I call again I'll have to listen to the entire sales pitch before I can get a word in edgewise that I have already placed my order.
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post #9 of 18 Old 07-09-2014, 01:45 PM
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This is not a "bad" tale, just a funny one. I bought a second-hand saddle, it was pretty used but good brand and a lot of really good stuff included in the price (stirrups, girts, saddle pad, sheepskin seat, saddle bag and so on). Almost everything was used.

Saddle arrives, I'm super excited to open the box, and when I do (in my living room) I almost faint from the smell. Think horse smell, 1000x bad.

Nothing was clean, there were horse hair on everything that could have them on (though items that were advertised as new, were really new and spotless).

After a while I understood that the saddle & accessories didn't really smell that bad on their own, but being put together in a box in the heat for many days, that did it. Once they were cleaned and kept in the saddlery, there was no bas smell at all.

I didn't bash the seller on the website we used, because though he could have cleaned his stuff, it was not his fault if the closed-space in the box had that effect.
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post #10 of 18 Old 07-09-2014, 02:14 PM
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Try selling cars online for a living LOL! I hear this kind of stuff 3-4 times a day, it's ridiculous
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