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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-21-2005, 06:08 AM Thread Starter
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This is about buyer etiquette

I dont wanna be a low baller, so maybe ya'll could help me out

Theres a 02 cbr f4i listed for $6000. Would it be bad to offer $4500?

Like i said I dont wanna be a low baller, but I also dont have that much money

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The bike is worth whatever amount the guy will accept for it. You're not responsible for his financial issues, if he's willing to let it go for $4500 then go for it. All he can do is say no. Don't worry about being a lowballer, offer what you can/think it's worth, and leave the yes/no decision to him.

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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-21-2005, 11:35 AM
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6k is high.. i would offer him bout 4k.. i bought my 01 with 1500 miles for 5k..
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-21-2005, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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only $4k hmm. Sounds like a good plan
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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-22-2005, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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I know you older members probably get this a lot, but your help is needed a little further.

I called the guy about the f4i. Its only got 4200 miles on it. He got shipped out for part of its life and it spent its time in a temp controlled garage. It doesn't have a scratch on it, and its completely stock. Hes selling it because hes getting back into horses.

Does $4k still sound like a decent offer even though hes asking $6k?

any help is appreciated, and if not thats ok too.
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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-23-2005, 01:25 AM
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Like Spicersh said, if he'll take it, then it's fine.

If it's too low, he'll say so, and if he's not a total jerk, he'll be open to another offer that's closer to what he's asking, and / or you can get him into a back and forth until a price is agreed upon that's somewhere between what he wants and what you want to pay.

Whatever his life story is, it's not your problem. Don't feel sympathetic towards his sob stories / life story / reason for selling the bike, etc.

Beat the price down as far as you can.
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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-23-2005, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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thanks, that makes me feel better
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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-23-2005, 10:24 PM
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I agree with above replies. Offer what you are willing to pay. He will take what he is willing to take. If his bike is really worth the money he's asking for it, someone else may be willing to pay that much, but that just means this was not the bike for you.
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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-24-2005, 06:24 AM
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To add a little more to the discussion, new sellers, for whatever reason, think Kelly Blue Book or other "sources" that provide an estimated value are the bottom line of price. That's wrong. Supply and demand defines the value mostly, followed by condition, etc. So if he pulls the KBB value line on you, tell him they're estimates the run quite high, generally.

Buying at KBB value is like buying at sticker price. Its only ever done, IMO, if the model and year is in great demand (like R6s are right now)

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