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Jeff
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Part of the problem with the GeekMarket is the guesswork of pricing; you've got a price history that's all over, and you have the prices that people currently AREN'T willing to pay as a guide (which sellers often erroneously use to determine the value of a game).

I think it would be neat if potential buyers were able to put in "offers" of prices they ARE willing to pay, which a seller could match, eliminating the guesswork. It would basically be the marketplace in reverse, but I think it would make things easier for both buyers and sellers.
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Seems to me we used to be able to do this.
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earache wrote:
Seems to me we used to be able to do this.


Yeah this used to be in the old marketplace and I'd love to see it come back
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Not so much the "make an offer" function as a standing "I want this game and will buy it for $45" listing.
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Except you wouldn't. Or you would, then get into a hassle about condition, etc. etc. Would be rife with abuse potential, and would create nothing but hassles.
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ExcitingJeff wrote:
Part of the problem with the GeekMarket is the guesswork of pricing; you've got a price history that's all over, and you have the prices that people currently AREN'T willing to pay as a guide (which sellers often erroneously use to determine the value of a game).

I think it would be neat if potential buyers were able to put in "offers" of prices they ARE willing to pay, which a seller could match, eliminating the guesswork. It would basically be the marketplace in reverse, but I think it would make things easier for both buyers and sellers.


Interesting concept, but then isn't that what an auction does, but in a slightly more dynamic nature?

I have seen GL auctions or lists that have done the very thing that you suggest, but never follow up on it or track it.

 
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Just send the seller a friendly Geek Mail and ask if they would accept a lower offer.
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Windopaene wrote:
Except you wouldn't. Or you would, then get into a hassle about condition, etc. etc. Would be rife with abuse potential, and would create nothing but hassles.


It'd be pretty easy to set a "minimum acceptable condition" flag or something. I buy plenty of stuff based on bare-bones marketplace listings. And the buyer would still have to confirm, just like a seller does. I don't think it would be quite as bad as you make it out to be.

As a seller, I'm looking for a way to find REAL demand at this moment. I do miss the make an offer function, but even that felt a bit presumptuous. The "take it or leave it" approach is so much more appealing.
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Dan Blum
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hiimjosh wrote:
earache wrote:
Seems to me we used to be able to do this.


Yeah this used to be in the old marketplace and I'd love to see it come back


It didn't work very well. Or rather, the functionality was fine but people didn't use it well - I'm not sure I ever actually completed a sale that way.
 
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