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#1 MiloandOtis

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:15 AM

OK so I am selling a heap of stuff on Gumtree, someone wants to come and look at one of my items but can't come until Sunday.

I've since had somebody else interested in the same item, who wants to come today...What do you do in this situation?

Do you hold off until Sunday for the original person (who may do a no show - he doesn't have my address yet) or do you give preference to the person who can come today?

#2 ollies-mum

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:17 AM

Nope first in best dressed in that situation! Soooo many times people dont turn up. Different if someone if coming in the afternoon and someone tries to come in the morning iykwim??

#3 ~Supernova~

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:17 AM

First in, best dressed IMO. As you have said, the guy on sunday may be a no show, and you being too polite may end with you not selling anything!

#4 handsfull

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:19 AM

First in best dressed.  So many people don't front as they can't be bothered if its in a few days.  They change their mind.

Sell it while you can....go for it.

#5 Therese

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:20 AM

First in best dressed is my opinion too original.gif

#6 SUSIE25

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:20 AM

Buyers on Gumtree give me the shytes. So many dont turn up. I dont hang around for them.
Sell it to the first that turns up.

#7 Ireckon

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:21 AM

I would let the sunday guy know that you have others coming prior to him. It is up to him to follow up closer to sunday to see if you still have it.

#8 MiloandOtis

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:22 AM

OK thanks everyone!  

#9 Roselet

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:23 AM

To give the other side of the argument, I've had things with Gumtree where I could have gone during the week but it would be inconvenient, and suggest the weekend instead. If I knew it meant missing out on the item I'd arrange to see it during the week.
I'd say ettiquette dictates that the first in best dressed applies to the first person to tell you they want it, and you should at least let them know you've had another offer and see if they can come earlier.

#10 CountryFeral

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:23 AM

Yep.. first in best dressed.

That is the nature of the beast - and unfortunately why second hand dealers bash on your door at 5am when you are having a garage sale!

#11 mmk

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:26 AM

I'd let the Sunday guy know that someone's coming so he's got the chance to make an effort to come today.  If he can't, then it's first in best dressed.  There's nothing to say that he's even going to show up, especially since he's not even asked for your address...

#12 MiloandOtis

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:28 AM

I'd let the Sunday guy know that someone's coming so he's got the chance to make an effort to come today. If he can't, then it's first in best dressed. There's nothing to say that he's even going to show up, especially since he's not even asked for your address...

He hasn't not asked for my address, I always get buyers to text me before they leave, then I give them my address.  Just makes me feel a bit better than handing it out to any old interested person.

#13 Sherwes1

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:56 AM

I'd let the Sunday guy know that someone's coming so he's got the chance to make an effort to come today. If he can't, then it's first in best dressed.


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