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Make offer

Only just seen this option on ebay.
The item I want (videography) has a Buy it now price of just over £35 but no bidding. It has a Make offer button which, from further reading, is as binding as bidding. The difference seems to be that no counter bidding can be made by anyone else or the seller - is that right? It also doesn't make it clear when the offer is accepted/rejected unless their is a bid as well where the offer can be seen as accepted/rejected when the bid is over.
But, the $64,000 question is.. what constitutes a good offer? Is there a % of the asking price that is deemed acceptable? Can an offer be made, rejected and a further offer be made?
Has anyone further info on this?

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You can make an offer and the seller can decide whether to accept or reject, if rejected you can make a better offer if you wish.  I think it's that simple.
An acceptable offer is one that you're prepared to pay and the seller is prepared to accept, it doesn't make sense to make an offer that is obviously too low for the seller as that might put them off accepting a better offer.
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Sounds about right although it's not easy to think of an offer that wouldn't be too high when a lower may have been acceptable. Still, if it's lower than the Buy now then it's got to be a bonus Smiley

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I did just that....madean offer on a 10" mini laptop... priced at £150.... I made offer of 120..... rejected.... made another offer 125..... rejected....made another offer 130.... accepted...
I think you are only allowed to make three offers before it closes....
The offer is sent to the seller automatically, and presumably there is some software that accepts it or rejects it.... as the answers came back as quick as a round robin email would....
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I think the seller also has the option of making a counter offer so in effect you negotiate. The eBay help suggests searching completed listings for guidance on typical selling prices (in auctions presumably).
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as the answers came back as quick as a round robin email would....

When you're setting up a BIN with the Offer option you can select reject and select criteria or just do things manually.
If it's a pretty big seller who has sold this item before you can go to Goofbay and use the Offer tool just to see what offers they have accepted before.
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I've used the 'make offer' option a few times.  In the main the seller hasn't accepted an offer too far from his original selling price.
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I found an auction close to me where the seller had listed "bag of untested CCTV cameras" - he had a £12 BIN with a Make an Offer button.
I offered £8, he accepted, I popped over to collect them and found around a grands worth of working CCTV cameras and lenses in the bag - one lens on its own was worth £400 and appeared unused.
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That seems a bargain.  No doubt they went back on ebay Smiley
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They are still in the bag in the workshop. I really shouldn't go on Ebay after having a beer or two.
I picked up my latest "win" today - a complete  telephone exchange that I won for 99p. All 20+kg of it !
Maybe I'll have to invent some kind of breathalyser which prevents bidding on auctions when you have above a certain amount of alcohol in your system ......
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I found an auction close to me where the seller had listed "bag of untested CCTV cameras" - he had a £12 BIN with a Make an Offer button.
I offered £8, he accepted, I popped over to collect them and found around a grands worth of working CCTV cameras and lenses in the bag - one lens on its own was worth £400 and appeared unused.

If that was last week I saw that and almost bid myself! Last week I also found a bargain bit of cctv hardware and was well impressed. Don't suppose you'll be selling any cheap cameras with decent zoom?
At the moment I'm still trying to sway one seller who did a collect only auction.. the gear never sold (too specialist) so I'm hoping they'll agree to send it for me instead.
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I think the seller also has the option of making a counter offer so in effect you negotiate.

This is right, I've had exactly this when I made an offer on an item. It was really good fun bargaining with the seller, too. It's a bit like a little game.
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If that was last week I saw that and almost bid myself! Last week I also found a bargain bit of cctv hardware and was well impressed. Don't suppose you'll be selling any cheap cameras with decent zoom?

This was a few months ago - we've got a place nearby which recycles huge amounts of electronic kit and often have "interesting" items on Ebay being sold as seen.
Afraid I haven't got anything spare at the moment. Something worth looking at though are the Logitech HD USB webcams as they are quite happy running under Linux / mjpg-streamer/motion and you can easily build a very high quality hi-res system for not a lot of money.
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^ Relatively recently bought a Logitech HD USB webcam and sent it straight back. Picture "quality" was utterly shit.
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Something worth looking at though are the Logitech HD USB webcams as they are quite happy running under Linux / mjpg-streamer/motion and you can easily build a very high quality hi-res system for not a lot of money.

No I need a real solid HQ camera not a webcam unfortunately. Not a problem, one will come up eventually on ebay that will be a snatch..
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