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  • #61
    "Why are you selling?" is such a natural question about almost anything not sold retail that I think a seller has to be prepared to answer it. Any answer that doesn't come across as evasive, even if the answer is short and more polite than revealing.

    Maybe it is one of those questions that people ask inappropriately, but they aren't trying to upset anyone, just trying to decide on buying a horse. The seller's goal is to sell a horse, not school buyers in manners. The rambling answer in the first thread post, that challenges the buyer to justify the question, is not helping the seller to sell the horse and is likely to turn off at least some prospective buyers who might have been serious. Why start an argument that takes attention away from the horse?

    As for buyers, instead of "why are you selling" maybe it would be better to ask "is there anything else you think I should know about this horse?" It might not get a more honest answer, but at least it would be less about the seller's personal situation.

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    • #62
      OK, sellers... so you've written up this great and comprehensive description of the horse, and posted it on line with a bunch of pictures and video. As a buyer, what are you expecting me to do? Call up and say "let me write you a check!"

      I'm trying to open a dialog with you and find out if said unicorn might actually really suit me as a life partner. Not something you can necessarily discover from vital statistics. If I ask any of the questions you have supposedly answered in the text of your ad, you are going to get exasperated with me, if I ask you why you are selling, you are going to get exasperated with me...

      So tell me, please. what am I allowed to ask you?

      You make me scared to pick up the phone and try to buy your horse. and speaking as a professional salesperson of other things, I'm assuming that's probably not the reaction you are looking for.

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      • #63
        Originally posted by atr View Post
        OK, sellers... so you've written up this great and comprehensive description of the horse, and posted it on line with a bunch of pictures and video. As a buyer, what are you expecting me to do? Call up and say "let me write you a check!"

        I'm trying to open a dialog with you and find out if said unicorn might actually really suit me as a life partner. Not something you can necessarily discover from vital statistics. If I ask any of the questions you have supposedly answered in the text of your ad, you are going to get exasperated with me, if I ask you why you are selling, you are going to get exasperated with me...

        So tell me, please. what am I allowed to ask you?

        You make me scared to pick up the phone and try to buy your horse. and speaking as a professional salesperson of other things, I'm assuming that's probably not the reaction you are looking for.
        This.

        A seller giving the reply in the first post needs to get over themselves and think about Selling. The. Horse.

        If the seller is that difficult on the first response, what is the rest of the process going to be like? Buying-selling a horse is admittedly difficult for both sides even when things go smoothly.

        Sometimes buyers say dumb stuff. Sometimes sellers say dumb stuff, too. Everything won't be said perfectly by either party. We both handle it and focus on the horse. Hopefully.

        An answer like that, I just figure they aren't really ready to sell yet, and move on to someone else who is.

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        • #64
          As a seller, I would like buyers to call and tell me what they are looking for and what their experience level is. Then I can judge whether the horse they are asking about might even be a fit. If it sounds like it will be, I will go on to tell the buyer about the horse, and will answer any buyer's questions. If it is not going to be suited to what the buyer is looking for, I will suggest one that might be better suited, or just tell them that I don't have anything suitable at the time. It would save me a lot of wasted time if people let me know at the beginner what they are looking for and what level rider they are.

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          • #65
            Originally posted by atr View Post
            OK, sellers... so you've written up this great and comprehensive description of the horse, and posted it on line with a bunch of pictures and video. As a buyer, what are you expecting me to do? Call up and say "let me write you a check!"

            I'm trying to open a dialog with you and find out if said unicorn might actually really suit me as a life partner. Not something you can necessarily discover from vital statistics. If I ask any of the questions you have supposedly answered in the text of your ad, you are going to get exasperated with me, if I ask you why you are selling, you are going to get exasperated with me...

            So tell me, please. what am I allowed to ask you?

            You make me scared to pick up the phone and try to buy your horse. and speaking as a professional salesperson of other things, I'm assuming that's probably not the reaction you are looking for.
            A far better approach I have had the good fortune to experience is the buyer calling me, telling me a brief bit about their riding history, skill level, and explaining what they're looking for. As x said, this enables me to determine if the horse I have for sale would be a good fit for them, if I have any others that might be, or if I have to tell them sorry, I don't have anything that would fit what you're wanting.
            "Why are you selling?" is not opening dialogue, IMO. If the seller is trying to sell a difficult horse without disclosing its difficulties, this question isn't going to make them "see the light" and tell you the truth. If they're being an honest seller, their ad already indicates the horse has some issue or another, and you can ask specifically about that issue. There are about a million other questions you can ask to open dialogue, as well as taking the approach described by x.
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              #66
              Lol, the interview works both ways, why should I tell you all about myself as a seller? Up until a few years ago I was probably more deluded about my own capabilities than some sellers are about how rotten their horse is.

              i guess the bottom line for me is that there are 100’s of horses for sale, so as a buyer I have lots of choices. As a seller, I do not want to take the chance of pissing off people who are enquiring about something I am selling.

              But, I have to admit that the last few I have bought and sold I happily paid my trainer commission to handle it for me. She is far better at buying what I NEED rather than what my heart desires, and selling it’s great not to have to deal with the world.
              "He's not even a good pathological liar." Mara

              "You're just a very desperate troll, and not even a good one. You're like middle-school troll at best. Like a goblin, not even a troll." et_fig

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