I recently bought a pretty bad-ass sit/stand desk, and as a result am selling my old glass desk on Craigslist. I have it listed for $60.
As is customary for selling things Craigslist, no matter what the item is priced at, there’s always a negotiation. You could be selling a $500 item for $20, and there’s a 90% chance that the buyer will ask “will you take $10 for it”. (Lack of punctuation is also customary Craigslist behavior.)
Them: Do you still have desk a you posted on Craigslist
Me: Yes, do you want to come and see it?
Them: Yes please when are you available
Me: I work from home so any time today would work for me
Them: OK it would have to be until around 7pm is that fine
Me: Sure, sounds good. I’m in South Austin, do you think you’ll be here at 7?
Them: Yes or perhaps closer to 730 also would you be willing to take 40
Me: I would take $50. Deal?
Them: Well I would be driving all the way from parmer lane which is why I can’t be there till 7 so with driving the distance can you do 40 and it’s a deal
Which brings us to our topic. I want to sell this desk, but I also really want to send back a tasty zinger, which I realize could cost me this sale. This is a risk I’m willing to take, as I have faith the desk will eventually sell. But currently, I’m trying to figure out the best possible zinger I could send.
“Sometimes I drive all the way up to Fry’s and buy things, and they don’t give me a discount for all my trouble. Nice attempt, but the lowest I’ll go is $50 right now.”
“The price just went back up to $60.”
“$50, and I’ll have a glass of water waiting here for you.”
“Should I have the wambulance waiting for you when you arrive?”
“Well I’m gonna have to stick around waiting for you tonight when I’d rather be doing other things so how about we do 50 and it’s a deal”