Community Member
Posts: 12
Registered: ‎03-05-2013
Send an offer directly to member (eBay message function)

Hi,

 

According to eBay (Help section): ''If a member sends you a message about a fixed price listing, you can choose to send the member an offer to buy the item at a discounted price.''

 

Here is the procedure:

How to send an offer:

  1. Within the message from a member about your Fixed Price listing, click Send an offer directly to member.

  2. On the Create your offer page, enter the offer price, quantity (if applicable) and any message you want to include to the buyer.

  3. Click Submit to send your offer to the buyer.

     

     

    However, I do not find this option anywhere. I have tried with members sending me questions on Buy It Now listings (without the Best Offer option in the listing), and I can't reply to them with a private offer. I've tried to find this option for hours on Help page, forum, and so on. Does this function still exist in 2017? Because I don't want to add Best Offer options to my listings directly, because there are too many lowball offers. I would like to be able to use this private offer link in message, provided by eBay.

     

    Thank you for your help

     

    (Edit: I have also posted my question on ebay.com, and US members told me that the function exists, but I still don't see it so I need to know if it's also available for us Canadian...)

Other Answers: 3
Community Member
Posts: 7,336
Registered: ‎08-15-2012
Answered
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in reply to beng182

That feature is only available for listings created on ebay.com. 

 

It's not to be found on ebay.ca. 

 

Like ypdc_dennis, I have created a workaround wherein I create a new, limited-time listing of three days with the user's ID in the title at the agreed-upon price. And I only do it for bundles. 

Community Member
Posts: 2,223
Registered: ‎09-29-2005
Answered
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in reply to beng182

Since the feature only exists for eBay.com -- and since you have flat rate shipping for some of your items why don't you list those on ebay.com?  And you get monthly free listings on top of those for ebay.ca

 

Here's a list of current generic shipping choices when listing on eBay.com for the Canadian seller (who ships from Canada):

To the USA
Economy Shipping from outside US
Standard Shipping from outside US
Expedited Shipping from outside US


Outside the USA, to Canada and the rest of the world
Economy Int'l Shipping
Standard Int'l Shipping
Expedited Int'l Shipping
You can have up to 5 separate International rates for countries you select (such as Canada).

 

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Community Member
Posts: 2,223
Registered: ‎09-29-2005
Answered
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in reply to beng182

beng182 wrote:

However, I do not find this option anywhere. I have tried with members sending me questions on Buy It Now listings (without the Best Offer option in the listing), and I can't reply to them with a private offer. ... Because I don't want to add Best Offer options to my listings directly, because there are too many lowball offers. ...


 

My approach for a member interested in a lower price, is to exchange emails through eBay to agree on price, then set up Best Offer for that listing -- and then tell the potential buyer they can make an offer for that price and it will be accepted. I usually give a time frame to make an offer, after which the Best Offer is removed.

 

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For Best Offer you can set a minimum price -- offers below that are automatically rejected (and you don't even see the lowball offers).

 

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