I really like John's method of selling.
If I remember correctly from a business law class I took once, you need two
things to have a binding contract: 1) an offer, and 2) acceptance.
Once someone has offered to buy something for the advertised price, the seller
should be very clear in his response. If the seller is not accepting the offer
yet, he should come right out and say so, to avoid any misunderstandings.
If the seller accepts the offer, but with conditions (payment by a certain
date), he should state the conditions clearly and ask the buyer to confirm that
he agrees with those conditions.
John Pfeifer - KL0WN
Quoting John Clifford <email@example.com>:
> Well... as someone who has bought and sold a LOT of stuff (not just ham
> radio gear) on the 'net, I think you have a point.
> If I put something up for sale on an elist, I rank the buyer order by the
> time on "I'll take it" email I receive back. I then email the first buyer
> (the one who got there first) with payment information along with notice
> that if payment isn't received within seven days our deal is void and the
> next person on the list gets a shot at the item. I email the other buyers
> that the item is TENTATIVELY sold but if the sale falls thru I will be
> contacting them, in order... and I also provide the first three alternates
> their relative 'pecking' order.
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