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"Call me" - is that the norm?

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  • "Call me" - is that the norm?

    I have had a few people showing interest in my horse for sale. After exchanging emails in which I sent them photos and videos AND gave them my phone number, I have gotten several replies saying: "Give me a call at ...-...-...."

    Is that normal? Why don't they call ME? Seems weird to me.
    "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."

  • #2
    Because cold calling people is akward at best and since your the seller I would expect you to make the effort of calling me at a time when your able to discuss the sale.


    • #3
      It's not cold calling, you've exchanged emails, given them your number, and they can make the effort if they are really interested. If I want your horse, I will call you. If you are desperate to sell, you might call me.

      Before email, the interested party had to call in response to the seller's ad or flyer. The seller didn't start dialing from the phone book - that's cold calling. But because of email and the internet, I do think people are uncomfortable calling people they don't know. They either get out of it or they don't.

      People do the same thing when applying for a job in our office. We don't call.


      • #4
        I think it is odd. They are inquiring about your horse. I have always called about a horse I wanted to look at. I do not consider it cold calling because the horse is being advertised and the seller does not know me. I understand emailing and viewing pictures and videos but if I want to look at a horse I will call them.


        • #5
          Yes, I think it's odd. Are they long distance? Maybe they don't want to rack up charges. I get bad cell phone coverage at my house and when I'm being a cheapskate I'll wait until I get closer to town and call on my cell from there since I don't have free long-distance at home.


          • #6
            I recently sold a horse and had several people email me their phone numbers and ask me to call them. I figured, it was like, you want to sell, its your dime. That being said, the people who were really interested called me. Same with people who hedged on the drive. People who were really interested got in the car.
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            • #7
              I try to avoid that issue by providing my cell # and the best hours to reach me. I ignore their requests that I call them (the potential buyer). Someone that passive isn't that interested in the horse.


              • #8
                Makes them sound like tire kickers to me. I would jump on a sale if I was really interested in buying, "if you snooze, you lose". True, works both ways, but as a buyer, I don't know how much interest is in the horse, or if there are offers on it, etc.

                However - if the seller is bad at returning calls, e-mails, then "call me" is appropriate. I always say there are more pebbles on the beach.
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                • #9
                  Agreed on the idea that if the potential buyer can't call you (the seller), they aren't THAT interested.


                  • #10
           wonder everyone complains that they can't sell horses.

                    May be a tire kicker, maybe not. How do you know?

                    I guarantee that if this was a car for sale, the salesperson would be on the phone in a heartbeat, calling that customer.

                    Maybe nothing will come of it if you call...but if you are seriously trying to sell a horse, are you willing to take the chance?


                    • #11
                      Some people are just nervous about calling someone that they don't know. I personally think it's weird but I wouldn't pass up a lead just because it seems strange that they want you to call them.


                      • Original Poster

                        Just to clarify - I don't have a problem calling at all and I was not "complaining". I just thought it was odd that's all... I have never sold a horse to an unknown party and did not know if this was common.
                        Sounds like the jury is still out

                        PS: I have free long distance so it doesn't matter to me one way or another.
                        "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."


                        • #13
                          They are shy or busy or slackers.

                          Look, if you want to sell sooner rather than later, give 'em one call. Every one who calls or e-mails gets one call back. After that, you're right. They need to play phone volleyball a whole lot better or not.
                          The armchair saddler
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                          • #14
                            Ah, the great game of phone chicken. I don't see a problem with them leaving a number. I do that automatically just because it's standard office procedure. Horse businesses are not typically easy to contact via phone, so that may be a part of it - they figure they'll give you the option of contacting them at a time that's more convenient for you instead of trying to guess when you'll be done feeding, riding, mowing, etc.


                            • #15
                              Whether it's odd or not, if you want the horse sold, call the people. To me it's not odd, just tells me they are not totally interested. But maybe you can convince them.


                              • #16
                                i think thats kinda odd normally people will call u if their interested in the horse, not the other way around
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                                • #17
                                  Sure, I can picture the conversation:
                                  "Hi, this is [Seller], calling you about my horse as you requested. What can I tell you about the horse?"

                                  "Oh, uh, hi, uh, which horse was that?"

                                  (Seller describes horse and reminds buyer that they have received photos and videos.)

                                  "OK, sure. Was that the bay?"

                                  "No, the chestnut thoroughbred cross with a blaze."

                                  "Oh, yeah. Was that the gelding?"

                                  "No, the mare."

                                  "Oh, OK. But I was really looking for a gelding, so..."

                                  (Long pause while seller imagines reaching through the phone to strangle lazy buyer.)
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                                  • #18
                                    As with many situations, I find it best to give people the benefit of the doubt. Assume that if they are asking you to call them that there is a reason for it.

                                    I, for instance, might ask such a thing because my phone is, sadly, glued to me 24/7. Unless I am riding or in a meeting or sleeping, I am generally able to answer the phone and engage. I have no idea, however, whether you, as the seller, are similarly situated or have listed your home phone number on the add and I am going to just have to hope that when I call you are (a) home (b) able to speak and (c) that there are no disruptive noises in the background (say, like screaming children - true story).


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by vacation1 View Post
                                      Horse businesses are not typically easy to contact via phone, so that may be a part of it - they figure they'll give you the option of contacting them at a time that's more convenient for you instead of trying to guess when you'll be done feeding, riding, mowing, etc.
                                      I agree. I think things are different now with cell phones. I often worry about calling people - as convenient as it is to be able to get people 'on demand' I find myself always asking if they are busy because I don't want to find out after I've chatted their ear off for 10 minutes that they are in the middle of something and just being polite.

                                      During the day I could be interrupting work or business, then dinner, then it could just be to late! It's even worse with friends and others who have little kids or babies.

                                      I think I would try and look at it in a positive manner and hope that they are just trying to accommodating my schedule. The first time anyway.


                                      • #20
                                        When a person is really interested in a horse, they will call you.

                                        I cannot see that there are so many shy people who are afraid to call someone they don't know about a horse. Good grief. These days some gals will call guys they don't even know for a date, and you can see how "shy" people are on Facebook where they tell every last thing that they do ever day! Sometimes I wonder if there are any shy people left!

                                        If they ask you to call, I think that is a way to see if it is a fire sale and you want to sell the horse fast and are willing to come way down on price.

                                        A motivated buyer will call, especially if you have answered emails cordially and nicely.