Originally Posted by Spider-Fan
If I ask somebody if a card is for sale, and they just ignore my message, I find it to be terribly rude they couldn't take 2 minutes to write me back. It isn't too much work to respond "I'm not actively selling the card, but I'll listen to your offer."
In my experience, sending an unsolicited offer is a waste of time. Either the card is not for sale, or it is.
(1) If its not for sale, I'm done. Enjoy your card. Its not for sale, I'll move on with my life. There are plenty of cards for sale.
(2) If it is for sale, then the seller has a price in mind. If they say they want an offer, most* of the time its because they are trying to get more than they think it is worth. Every time I respond to a 'make an offer' post on Scoundrel, I get a counteroffer. Would have saved time if they just posted the price they wanted in their sale thread. That is why I don't check the sale threads over there very often.
*Yeah, sometimes people are planning on selling a card and just haven't put thought into its value yet. That is fair. Our lives don't revolve around buying and selling cards.
I can't see being offended by a non-response if I posted a card on sketchcollectors. If someone is like "you know that card that you haven't posted on eBay or a sales thread... How much do you want for it?". I don't think I need to waste time responding to them. I fall asleep that day the same way I woke up... With a card in my collection. Again, if it is someone I know on the boards, I will respond, but a random dude wasting my time? Nope!
I have sold cards on sketchcollectors where an initial offer was made upfront though. Guy: "I'll give you $125 for your Robert Hack Darkseid AP". Me: "Sure".
If you truly want a card, make an offer. By not leading off with the offer, it is most likely you are looking for a low price deal on a card... And bottom feeders are best ignored in my experience.