The only reason is because initially I had posted that "PM sent with Inquiry", and I just changed that "inquiry" to "offer". Shoulda just changed it completely to "I'll take it". Lesson learned I guess.
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For example, if the seller doesn't post new/used, a buyer may assume new even if an item is used, perhaps even abused. The buyer that would ask new/used and wait for the answer (e.g. "I'll take it pending new/used") would be trumped by the buyer who didn't think to ask that and therefore would pay the price as if the item were new.
Without using the "I'll take it pending [clarification question]" and allowing simple "I'll take it" to trump that, you are rewarding ambiguous listings.
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Why not just keep all questions and return offers public?
I think that keeping such discussion public clarifies all these problems; doesn't it?
Hey I'm interested
Tell me xyz about the item?
Will you accept xyz as payment?
If so, I'll take it
Seller should reply in the thread. That would make it all a matter of public record, If there ever was a conern about an item not received and someone had to file a PP claim to recover funds. Only payment & shipping info should be discussed in PM.
Is there something wrong with this that I'm missing?
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I think cataraftgirl has it right. There is no ambiguity in "I'll take it". If you have further questions and want to ask them, that is not a commitment to buy. I've bought quite a few things here and have yet to be disappointed.
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This thread is somewhat wide of the OP's question, which was about making explicit 'I'll Take It' posts. The answer to that is - Yes, you should...otherwise you may get out-claimed. "Offer Sent" isn't good enough. Neither is "PM Sent" or "PM with Offer". Offers are not claims.
If you have either a question or an offer about an item, it's up to you to either post that in thread, or to PM the seller directly. But, that offer or question *does not* put a claim in place. Only explicit in-thread claim posts do.
It is up to the seller to make sure the listings are accurate and honest. It is also up to the seller to follow the correct order of claims in thread. Failure to follow the rules, or dishonesty about an item's condition, will often result in loss of access to the Marketplace.
Since this thread is starting to wander, and be a source of opinion about the rules rather than direct interpretation, we'll close it here. If you have specific questions about the rules, or how they are applied to a particular thread, I would encourage you to contact a moderator directly. That's the quickest and most accurate way to see how the rules apply to a given situation.
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