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The Worst Seller in the City

So I belong to a local FB baby buy/sell/trade group. I've used it along with our city's CL to try to sell some of the stuff Little L has outgrown. We have sold her travel crib, Orbit system, and a few other things this way.


I have to admit, I'm probably a terrible salesperson. I might even be the worst. When I set a price on one of our items, I don't usually budge or negotiate. I deliberate what I believe is a good, fair price for the baby gear, and I hold firm to those numbers when a potential buyer tries to whittle it down. While I don't consider myself to be particularly attached to these things (I am getting rid of them, after all), I guess deep down I must cherish them somehow, because I am utterly unwilling to lower my price to benefit others. Just today I turned down a $15 offer for our $35 really great condition leather Pediped boots.

In fact, I'm so against bargaining that I would rather give these same items away for zero profit (yes, free!) to Baby Go Round (a by-referral non-profit that distributes stuff to needy parents) than let someone try to buy it for less than what I deem it to be worth. We have probably given away a few hundred bucks of stuff at this point, and we don't even get a tax receipt. Does that make any sense? Not really, not even to me. And yet I just can't bring myself to be bargained down. It straight up feels wrong.

Maybe it's because I sometimes judge people on these groups, like the ones who attempt to sell *free* samples of formula, or those who try to unload things that really aren't worth anything, like weathered, filthy, moldy strollers. The other day I even read about a woman who, under the guise of "helping another expectant mom," was collecting free donations that she then turned around and sold online for her own gain. So dishonest and a horrible way of profiting from others' goodwill!

So maybe that's why I have a hard time with it. I dunno. Places like Baby Go Round have processes that vet people before they qualify to receive stuff, so I feel a bit more justified in giving to them; I know that these folks really are in need, and aren't just trying to "scam the system."

Am I the only weirdo out there like this? What do you do with your outgrown baby gear? What is your policy on bargaining, and what do you sell vs. give away? 




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