Trying to sell everything I own has proven to be a difficult task. Much more difficult than I was expecting. I feel I have beautiful furniture and I post it on Facebook and Craigslist constantly but all I sell is a piece of decor’ here and there.
It’s very frustrating!
All of my furniture was purchased within the last four years since my divorce and I don’t have children or pets so it’s all in ‘like new’ condition. I don’t even think I’m asking outrageous prices but people offer pennies on the dollar.
One example of this is when I posted a hutch/pantry that is solid wood and I had it custom stained. It’s a beautiful piece and I paid over $650 for it so I posted it for $375 figuring I’d have wiggle room to haggle down to $300. Keep in mind that this is a large piece of solid furniture that will last for at least the next twenty years, not something from Ikea. No offense to Ikea, I have many decor’ pieces from them.
Well, this guy sent me a message offering me $50. Seriously, FIFTY dollars for something I posted at $375. How rude! I informed him that I would not be able to accept that offer to which he began berating me about how stupid I am to think that anyone would pay that kind of money for a used item.
He continued with “I can buy a new one and get it delivered for that much.”
I assured him that he wouldn’t get the same piece of furniture, new, and delivered for that much. But if he could then he should do that and stop arguing with me.
He seemed to be a very angry person. He ended the conversation with “good luck lady”.
Honestly, people really are mean. He knew that I wasn’t going to accept $50 so why would he offer that? Just looking for an argument? I don’t understand.
I have had numerous situations like that and it’s frustrating. I wish I could wiggle my nose and everything would be sold, just like that.
Am I being unreasonable in my pricing? I don’t think so. I understand my stuff is used but it’s still in excellent condition and I’m not going to take $50 for a $600 item.
What am I doing wrong? Am I supposed to let everything go at flea market prices? Am I focusing on the wrong crowd?
If you have any ideas or suggestions I would love to hear them.
The sooner I get rid of my stuff the sooner I can concentrate on my plan to make my dream a reality.