|Posted on August 22, 2016 at 12:45 AM|
Buyer etiquette at an estate sale.
• Do not tell an estate sales liquidator what something is worth. You are there to buy, and here are your choices: Buy it now at the price stated, ask if they are taking bids to be reviewed toward the end of the sale, or ask if they may discount the item as the sale progresses.
• Don't say, "I'll give you ... ." You don't do that in Macy's, Nordstrom, Sears, etc. You either pay the price or you don't. You are not in an overseas marketplace where haggling is acceptable, and anyone that writes about estate sales and encourages this is not correct.
• If you are rude, a nuisance or just obnoxious, the estate liquidator may ask you to leave and may bar you from attending any of their sales.
• Stealing may result not only in expulsion but in a visit from police. If you try to change a price tag, you are putting your future buying at risk, and estate sales companies share information about people who are security risks.
– Carol Madden, estatesalesnews.com