200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.

Cooper
I have done most of my lantern hunting at flea markets and have become used to a little price negotiating with the vendors. Lately the flea markets have been a little slow, so I have been doing some purchasing from Craigslist and Face Book Market Place and have paid asking value for the lanterns I have purchased. Both of the purchases I have made have been fair prices, "Just not flea market pricing".

My question is it OK to contact the seller with a lower offer? or is this considered poor conduct. I do understand that i could potentially loose a sale in the process. I'm just curious if anyone else does this. 

Also I just want to thank everyone on here who offers advice and guidance. I have been using this forum as a resource for a few years and it has help me a lot along the way. 

Thanks,
Jon
Jon
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bowenstudios
From my experience selling on those sites most people will contact me with offers for half or less almost as soon as I post something. I don't even respond to them.

I pay the asking price normally, especially since I have to drive most of the time and don't figure they will hold an item they've already came down on.

That being said if it's been up a few days I'll make an offer. Honestly, I figure most people expect to haggle a little bit. I know I do, but not half.
-Mike
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BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #651
Mil-SpecOps #0651
The Coleman Blue's 243's #154
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Coast to Coast
If it’s already a great deal I don’t haggle.  If it is priced beyond what I will pay I will haggle every time.  Especially if it’s eBay pricing.  Sometimes they will come down to a more reasonable price.  Don’t know if yo don’t ask.  Same goes for yard sales and flea markets.  I see no harm as long as it is not listed as “firm” and you are not trying to lo-ball or take advantage of the seller.
-Bird- Milwaukee, WI.
“I don’t want another lantern, I just want the last one again”
ICCC#1776     The Coleman Blue‘s 243’s #143
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RobSchroff
I usually make offers, and say, "and unlike most buyers I will actually show up at the agreed upon time and place and pay you with cash".  

As a seller I tell people, "I will entertain a cash offer made in person" - otherwise there is no obligation for a buyer to actually make the purchase if you accept their "virtual" offer.
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Coldwaterpaddler
I prefer to contact the seller to come look at it first if the item is priced higher than I think it is worth to me. If it's priced good for me I ask them when I can come buy it. The other reason I ask to come look at it, is because many times it's difficult to tell how good it is so, it's difficult to access value from one or two photos. If I were the seller I'd think, "how could they offer me less when they haven't even seen it in person", assuming I believed I put a fair price on it. Additionally, sometimes the seller has other accessories not shown, or other items they want to get rid of. You never know. I happen to like the personal experience anyway, but not everybody is like that. I bought a 275A last week, but didn't know until I got there that it came with some spare parts, a funnel and half a gallon of CF.  Plus, he had a MilSpec he was going to throw away.

To summarize, IMO, I think it is worth meeting the seller before negotiating, if practical. 
Stovie-Steve
"Don't let the weather run your life" - Steve
The Coleman Blues - #95
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Bob1774
It is a personal decision.  Some may feel that anything offered is subject to low ball, or haggle even knowing the asking price is actually well below market value.  Others may want to offer a reasonable sum, that leaves some margin of error for unknowns.  Boils down to your own ethics.  Can you sleep at night knowing you cheated some widow out of a valuable piece that her husband never told her the value?  On the other hand, those in the buy/sell/flip/trade business are expected to do their homework and know their values and therefore, game on.
Bob
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Encee

I usually ask the sellers if they are open to accepting offers. I’ve made offers, had them turned down, and contacted by sell later accepting the offer. I’ve paid full price too, but usually ask if they are firm or open to offers unless the ad specifically states their rules.

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BSAGuy
Offers are always fine.  That's part of the fun of buying this stuff.  
- Courtenay
Be Prepared
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rob_pontius
I prefer to contact the seller to come look at it first if the item is priced higher than I think it is worth to me. If it's priced good for me I ask them when I can come buy it. The other reason I ask to come look at it, is because many times it's difficult to tell how good it is so, it's difficult to access value from one or two photos. If I were the seller I'd think, "how could they offer me less when they haven't even seen it in person", assuming I believed I put a fair price on it. Additionally, sometimes the seller has other accessories not shown, or other items they want to get rid of. You never know. I happen to like the personal experience anyway, but not everybody is like that. I bought a 275A last week, but didn't know until I got there that it came with some spare parts, a funnel and half a gallon of CF.  Plus, he had a MilSpec he was going to throw away.

To summarize, IMO, I think it is worth meeting the seller before negotiating, if practical. 
  That's my opinion exactly. If I list something for sale and somebody asks if I'll go lower on my price without coming to see it first, I usually don't deal with them. If they come and look at it first and then make me an offer, I'll consider and as long as it isn't a low ball offer, I'll let them have it for their offered price. For me as the buyer, I usually don't make offers on things. I figure that the seller has listed a price that they feel is fair. If I don't like the price, I'll move along. There are always exceptions though.
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ecblanks
If they say "price is firm", then no, I don't haggle.  I do the same when I post bottom price.  If price is fair, I don't haggle, else yes I will send a lower offer.
Carlton
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate # 0176
Slant Saver #29
Mil-Spec Ops #0973
ICCC Member #1892
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ecblanks
If I'm not sure I'll tell them I want to come look at it and if I don't like what I see I may offer less.
Carlton
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate # 0176
Slant Saver #29
Mil-Spec Ops #0973
ICCC Member #1892
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