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Internet Etiquette

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Nightshade, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. Nightshade

    Nightshade vancouver,WA Well-Known Member

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    Bad form and internet usage.

    Do most people not respond when a trade offer is sent if there not interested in the offer
    is it bad manners not to reply I would think so.

    How's everyone else feel about it.
  2. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Many people won't respond, especially if they think the trade is a "lowball" offer, but it varies. I respond, but others don't.
  3. pakrat57

    pakrat57 Reedsport Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I generally treat an internet discussion/transaction like I would as if it were in person. If you are polite/rude to me you will see that reflected in the way I respond, but I will respond.
  4. Outrider

    Outrider Oregon Active Member

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    Etiquette is a two way street.

    Serious questions and legitimate offers, even if the seller is not interested, should be responded to promptly but not everyone responds within 48 hours.

    Lowball offers and tirekicker questions/requests routinely get ignored. People who make these lowball offers or ask tirekicker questions are actually wasting the seller's time and that is disrespectful to the seller.

    I'm a big proponent of if you're going to contact the seller, try to do your homework and be reasonable with your requests. Don't ask the seller about distinctions i.e. if his 1911 is a Series 70 or a Series 80 if you don't know what the difference is and why it matters. Don't ask the seller for more pictures when you know you're not buying simply because you like pictures of guns. Don't send in lowball offers and expect a prompt, warm response. In short, don't waste the seller's time. Treat them the way you would want to be treated if you were selling an item.
  5. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    I sometimes forget to respond, but other than that, I usually make an effort to reply with an honest answer, even if I really dislike the offer.
  6. ZachS

    ZachS Eugene/PDX Active Member

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    Also, read the ad first - I've only listed one item for sale/trade here. I had a very short and clear list of items I was interested in (9 mm handguns), and I wound up - over 3 or 4 PMs - explaining to a wanna-be trader why I was not interested in his odd-caliber hunting rifle. I was not exactly polite about it. :D
  7. AnthonyNorfleet

    AnthonyNorfleet Oregon Active Member

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    I dont get why it is so hard for people to respond with a simple "no thanyou!" I make it a point to respond to every pm I get, even the stupid low ball offers or the troll that pm everyone with their trade offers.
  8. WAYNO

    WAYNO Oregon City Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have replied to a number of "wanted" ads, very recently, offering what I thought the buyer was looking for, at fair prices. I've received no replies. If the buyer wants a better deal than I can offer, or if what I'm offering is not exactly what he was looking for, then I'm not offended.

    But, if I've taken the time to respond, and in most cases, sent photos, I would appreciate hearing a "no", as opposed to hearing silence. It also seems, some of the folks that I've replied to, are prolific at posting want ads. Ignore me once, and I'm very likely not gonna reply, the next time they're looking for something.

  9. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Mostly bad manners, but even worse is setting an appointment to meet and not show or even call. Then several days or a week later make recontact here. OH how if feel abused.