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What would you think of an ad that didn't list price and just said "make an offer?"

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  • What would you think of an ad that didn't list price and just said "make an offer?"

    Would that be a total turn-off?
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  • #2

    I am not sure what I'd think. I'd probably think that whatever I could offer would be too low.
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    • #3
      'Make an offer' suggests they just want the horse off the property. So I would think there is either something wrong with the horse or the seller needs to sell ASAP for other reasons. It sounds extremely negotiable.

      For times when I don't want to give out a specific price in an ad, I will say 'inquire for price' or 'private treaty'. To me this is very different from 'make an offer'.
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      • #4
        As a current horse shopper, no it would not be a TOTAL turn off for me. If I looked at the pictures and video and thought that the horse was realistically worth what I have as a price range, I would call and make an offer of what the horse is worth to me.

        The problem as I see it is in the case of a really nice horse that a seller might take less for than I think the horse is truly worth. Say it's a nice, younger, well conformed horse getting good scores at first level. These horses can be priced really high by some people, but say the seller is willing to take 15k for this horse to a really good home and good rider. I may or may not call expecting the horse to be as much as double that.
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        • #5
          To me it would mean that anything goes. Probably things other then money are of importance - future job, speedy transaction, etc.

          It would not be a turn off for me, but then again, I am comfortable bargaining, and walking away.

          I rarely search specifically for that category as most better quality horses seem to have a bottom line to them or be offered "free to good home" and then the owner gets to be picky where they place their animal.

          I personally dislike "make reasonable offer" as THAT is so nebulous - I may think the horse is worth xx while the owner is convinced it is at least a xxxxx animal.
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          • #6
            I know of a nice enough horse that is just too small and hot for the owner. She is just tired of paying board and training and I believe her Dreamhorse add says something like that. She just wants "done". It happens.


            • #7
              If you have a range you're willing to let them go in, or an absolute minimum price, I would list a range with an "or best offer" option rather than "make an offer". Make an offer to me sounds like you will take $500 to get them off the property, IMO.

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              • #8
                As someone who is horse shopping, I think it would make more sense to determine how much money you are willing to take and set a price depending on that amount, along with the notation "Will take reasonable offers." Presumably there is a target price desired, and it makes sense not to hide that information.

                Depending on the horse, when I see that in an ad (not that it is very common) I either assume the horse is way out of my price range, or that there is something seriously wrong with it that is not being disclosed.
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                • #9
                  I'd think "they need to get this horse sold for some reason, so if I like it, I will make an offer based solely on what I think it is worth to me. Worse that can happen is they say no."

                  Nothing wrong with that. Sh*t happens in life that sometimes makes selling a horse imperative without regard to "value."

                  I would NOT necessarily think there was something wrong with the horse, but I WOULD inquire carefully about it before making an offer.
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                  • #10
                    Well I think it'd be a turn off. Usually when I am horse shopping I have a specific price range im looking in and I enter into the search engine so "make an offer" wouldn't even show up I don't think. But when I see "make an offer" i usually wouldn't consider it. I wouldn't inquire unless I REALLY like the horse. If I were you i'd think of a price and then add OBO or negotiable to the end of it.


                    • #11
                      Horse shopping is hard enough as it is without that.

                      I wouldn't even bother calling to be honest.
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                      • #12
                        I just started a new project called The Equine Synergy Project, in which I act as a sort of "real estate" agent for Breeders with high quality horses and as a "talent scout" for riders/trainers. When representing horses on the website, I am careful to word the pricing.

                        i.e- "Asking" $x or if the horse really needs to be sold I'll add "(All reasonable offers considered)"= negotiable, but "x" is the ball park figure.

                        When I was on the other side of the market and shopping, "make an offer" to me, came off as though the owner was desperate to sell, for anything to get the horse off the property.
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                        • #13
                          I pass right over sales ads that have "make an offer" and "private treaty." I would rather the seller categorize the asking price range than be that vague.

                          I shop within a specific range, so if the ad doesn't have a number on it (especually if it's PT) then I'm going to assume it's out of my range and keep going.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MCarverS View Post
                            I just started a new project called The Equine Synergy Project, in which I act as a sort of "real estate" agent for Breeders with high quality horses and as a "talent scout" for riders/trainers. When representing horses on the website, I am careful to word the pricing.

                            i.e- "Asking" $x or if the horse really needs to be sold I'll add "(All reasonable offers considered)"= negotiable, but "x" is the ball park figure.

                            When I was on the other side of the market and shopping, "make an offer" to me, came off as though the owner was desperate to sell, for anything to get the horse off the property.
                            I am interested in the Equiine Synergy Project, however, your site speaks about Monica...Monica WHO? A facial shot of whoever is the agent on this site would be helpful. I like the idea as I am in the beginning stages of selling some of my horses...finally... I'm sure you have just started work on your site as it is a bit vague at the moment. Would like to hear more and do you deal with clients in Canada? I guess i could have emailed to the address on your site, sorry.
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                            • #15
                              If the horse is really nice then I assume that my offer will be way too low.

                              If the horse is not really nice (or poorly represented by photos) then I assume there's something very wrong with it that makes the owner want to get rid of it.

                              I think a price range, or even "mid 4 figures" or "low 4 figures" gives at least an idea of what you're talking about.
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                              • Original Poster

                                Thanks you guys.

                                I was having a discussion with another gal the other night, who has several horses for sale. We were discussing this exact topic and had different viewpoints, so I wanted to hear what others thought (without going into the specifics).
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                                • #17
                                  "Make an offer" suggests urgency. I think a seller who states "make an offer" can expect a lot of low ball offers. JMO.


                                  • #18
                                    I saw a nice green horse at a clinic once that the owner was completely overfaced on (as in made the owner/rider cry...) and when I mentioned I liked the horse she said "make me an offer then"... So I did which was $4,000 for a green mare that I didn't know the history of or anything. The owner looked at me like I'd grown another head and stated that the horse was worth "much more". If only I had been a little older and little more bold then I would have said something to her.... but anyway. Moral of the story is that I think people that say "make me an offer" are on crack. I think there is a 98% chance they will be completely offended with the offer. I won't even look at a horse that says make an offer or all reasonable offers considered.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by TrotTrotPumpkn View Post
                                      Would that be a total turn-off?

                                      I can't stand ads that don't list a price. One of my fellow Teke breeders has 3-4 horses listed under "Make An Offer," and I know she wants $3000-7000 for them, which is not what most people think of when they think "cheap."

                                      However, if I really loved the horse, I would contact the seller and say, "What are you hoping to get for this horse? I really like him, but I just want to know if we are on the same page price-wise."

                                      Eventually SOMEBODY has to come up with a real number. And you go from there.


                                      • #20
                                        Just don't list the horse for $1. After months and months and months of horse shopping, and sifting though ads, nothing was more of a turn off to me than a horse listed for $1 and then at the bottom of the ad, "call for price". If the price is a private treaty, just say so, but listing your horse for $1 makes someone who very well may be interested in your horse and able to afford it, decide to walk away. When you list a horse for $1, the prospective buyer can only speculate what your horse may be worth, and may not even take the time to make the phone call. "Offered in the mid-5 figure range" or "offered in the high 4-figure range" gives the buyer at least a bit of an inclining as to what you are hoping to get for you horse.