This past weekend I was watching some clips of interviews from an old television talk show on YouTube. Realizing this was only a small amount of the great footage available, I looked for the DVD set on Amazon only to find it was close to $60.
My next step was to check eBay, perhaps a used set was less expensive. Was just about to pop for a very good used set for $43, when I thought about searching once more on eBay by bar code, instead of title. Did a little better, and noticed that this different listing also had the Best Offer option. Who am I to not try and save a little bit?
In reviewing previous sold items, it seemed to be an item that in the recent past, always sold above $40. That did not deter me from making the following offer, along with a message to back-up and justify the reasoning for my offer. There is no guarantee it would work, but here is the logic I used. Checking the amount of money in my PayPal account, I tendered the following offer:
"Have $32.73 in my PayPal account and will pay right away (29.61+ shipping =$32.73)"
Thought that even though a roughly 25% discount was a little on the low side, it wasn't a totally outrageous offer like $5. If the seller tried to bump me a little, I probably would have paid a little more, but they actually came back right away and accepted my offer!
It's a good idea when possible to give someone a compelling reason to accept your offer. in this case the promise of an immediate sale and payment most likely added credence to an offer that might have been rejected if it was a low dollar amount alone.
For those of you curious which DVD set I purchased, I'll share: