Right now, inquiries are totally free-form. I’m thinking about a feature to try to avoid buyers low-balling and offering 50% of the list price.
What do you think about sellers optionally configuring ads to require inquiries to make an offer. “I’m considering an offer of X” – and you cannot submit the form unless the value is within range of what the seller configures, ie 25% less. This does not obligate the seller to sell for this amount, it just doesn’t let them offer less.
A couple challenges I see to this…
- The buyer may have more questions before knowing that they’d be willing to offer
- Shipping hasn’t yet been computed, so it still gives the seller a chance to come back and add cost back into the shipping price.
Could also include “offer a trade” (which would be disabled if trades are not being accepted).
All of this should make it more clear what the seller is open to.