Tips for successful selling on MTFCA classifieds

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Tips for successful selling on MTFCA classifieds

Post by AdminJeff » Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:30 pm

We set up this forum in Jan and 1000's of items have been sold. That's good. Speaking from personal experience both selling and watching numerous transactions unfold, there are things that work, and others that don't work as well.

- keep your description as clear and concise as possible in the Subject of your post. This is the first thing ppl see.
Preface the subject with FS: or For Sale: or WTB gives a clear indication of your intention

Good: FS: 1921 sidelights, excellent condition
Bad: Sidelights

Good: FS: Sherman Head fits late car, excl condition
Bad Head

Good: WTB: fenders for 1921 Touring, need all 4
Bad: I'm looking for fenders

WTB is short for Want To Buy

When your item sells make sure you note it in a final post or modify the subject of the original post

FS: 1921 sidelights, excellent condition *sold*

If you are interested in buying an item, State your intentions clearly.

Good: Bob, I'll take it. Sent you an email also.
Bad: I'm interested.
Bad: I might want that
Bad: can you ship it to New York?

The last one is a detail you can work out later with the seller, but first state your intentions. And do it forcefully. Do you want it or not? Then say so!

TIP: Always, always follow up your post on the forum with an EMAIL to the seller. Click on the users name and then click on the send user email button. Put the item name in the subject and the item you want in the body. This puts you "in a position" should there be others who want the same item. And it's easy for the seller to figure out who was first to the party especially for hit items.
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Lastly, negotiate price AFTER you confirm to the seller you want it. If the seller is firm on the price, and it's not what you want to pay, then let it go. No hard feelings. The seller can keep the listing up and you can keep looking. Or, the two of you can work out a little bit better deal and everyone wins.

A good transaction is where everyone feels good at the end and both give up a little bit in the process.

Anyone else have tips? These are your forums. Bring it on!

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Re: Tips for successful selling on MTFCA classifieds

Post by Ruxstel24 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:35 pm

All good tips Jeff. I like the email response, it helps with id and going back later to add a tracking number, etc.
AdminJeff wrote:
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A good transaction is where everyone feels good at the end and both give up a little bit in the process.
I was under the impression that after a GOOD transaction, you both feel a little violated... :shock: :lol:


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Post by Layden Butler » Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:05 pm

And if you say you will purchase it, your responsibility is to follow thru. Send the payment for it. If your better half says NO, the gas gauge shows empty and you need to put some in the tank to get to work tomorrow or your buddy just called up and said he will not give you more than you are paying for it, you are still committed to purchasing. You should know if you are able to pay for the item, and as for your buddy, his pulling out is your downside risk for the upside profit you were trying to get.

Sellers have responsibilities too. Hold it for and sell to the first hand you see in the air. No fair selling to the fourth response just because it is someone you know ( or offers you more). If a would be buyer is upset that he didn't get it, remind him that had he posted a wanted ad, no one else would have even known about the part!

I could go on and on! Obviously Jeff, you wound me up.

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Re: Tips for successful selling on MTFCA classifieds

Post by Tbird » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:50 am

I would add one more. Please include pictures of your items that you are selling. If it has defects note them and take a good up close picture of the defect/imperfection/dent etc.

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Re: Tips for successful selling on MTFCA classifieds

Post by AdminJeff » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:09 pm

All great points. I think everyone can benefit from this thread. It's why I opened it up to comments.

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Post by Mark Gregush » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:33 pm

Thank you Jeff.
One of my pet peeves are people that just put "For Sale" or "Wanted" or "Car For Sale" as a title and you have to open the ad to find out it's nothing your interested in.
Remember, words are free you are not paying per word, write an ad.
Just because the space for the title looks to be only so long, you can do longer titles.
If you have a number of items to sell, put each one on it's own line.
There is nothing harder to read then a whole list that is strung together and looks like a run on sentience without punctuation.
Helps too, in this case, to number the parts so the buyer can say they want part # such and such.
Most web site classifieds you need to list a price, if you don't know the price, then you the seller, need to do some checking.
It is not up to the buyer to try and guess what you might be interested in getting for the part.
As a seller, let people know if you only want to receive; emails, PM or on line replies. Doing all three, good chance of missing maybe the first person to say they want it.
I know the voices aren't real but damn they have some good ideas! :roll:

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Re: Tips for successful selling on MTFCA classifieds

Post by AdminJeff » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:02 pm

Mark, all great points.

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Re: Tips for successful selling on MTFCA classifieds

Post by Mark Gregush » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:13 pm

One more thing to add (I am sure there are more), when it sells or you found the needed item, update the ad. Just because it drops out of site does not mean it is gone. You do not have to go thru all the ads, just click on your name and open the user control panel, click on show post. Jeff turned on the full edit so you can change the title to add "sold" or "found".
I know the voices aren't real but damn they have some good ideas! :roll:

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Re: Tips for successful selling on MTFCA classifieds

Post by Mark Gregush » Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:15 pm

I did think of something else; DO NOT BOGART SOMEONE ELSE'S AD. Start your own.
I know the voices aren't real but damn they have some good ideas! :roll:

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Re: Tips for successful selling on MTFCA classifieds

Post by AdminJeff » Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:59 am

Mark Gregush wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:15 pm
I did think of something else; DO NOT BOGART SOMEONE ELSE'S AD. Start your own.
Bogart

(slang verb) To keep something all for oneself, thus depriving anyone else of having any. A slang term derived from the last name of famous actor Humphrey Bogart because he often kept a cigarette in the corner of his mouth, seemingly never actually drawing on it or smoking it. Often used with weed or joints but can be applied to anything.
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Re: Tips for successful selling on MTFCA classifieds

Post by Mark Gregush » Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:57 am

Ok how about "don't piggy back someone else's ad" :lol:
Oh, looked up Bogart, the description of what it means is all over the place.
I know the voices aren't real but damn they have some good ideas! :roll:

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