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Old August 26th, 2010, 13:40   #1
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Whats Testing Waters?

what does it mean? i've seen it a bunch of times in the classifieds but i have no idea of what it means lol
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Old August 26th, 2010, 13:42   #2
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Means to see if there might be any interest in buying something.
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Old August 26th, 2010, 13:43   #3
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Imagine dipping your toe in a bathtub to see how hot the water is.

Now think of the same concept but with throwing an item up for sale with a price to gauge how well it would fair.
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Old August 26th, 2010, 13:43   #4
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Basically gauging interest. I usually think of them as a "I'm thiiiinking of selling something, here it is.... But maybe not."

Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old August 26th, 2010, 13:43   #5
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People who might want to sell their stuff but only if the right offer comes along. Usualy this means the items are overpriced and not worth what the buyer is expecting, usualy but not always ;-)
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Old August 26th, 2010, 13:45   #6
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ahh i see. thanks guys lol that was a quick response
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Old August 26th, 2010, 13:52   #7
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Testing waters = is there someone stupid enough out there to overpay for an item that I overpaid for...
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Testing waters = is there someone stupid enough out there to overpay for an item that I overpaid for...
Best explanation ever !
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Old August 26th, 2010, 15:40   #9
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Testing waters = is there someone stupid enough out there to overpay for an item that I overpaid for...
lol!

Not always.

I put it in my ad because I wasn't sure which GBB I wanted to sell. The one that got more interest would sell, whilst the other would stay in the collection.
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Old August 26th, 2010, 15:46   #10
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testing waters = for sale
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Old August 26th, 2010, 16:00   #11
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testing waters should = post deletion it is for sale or it is not. If you cannot make up your mind or decide what you want or do not want don't post until you know.

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Old August 26th, 2010, 17:14   #12
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testing waters should = post deletion it is for sale or it is not. If you cannot make up your mind or decide what you want or do not want don't post until you know.

/my 2cents
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It's for sale, or it's not. There's no halfassed in-between. Generally, when someone's ad in the classified says "testing waters", I take that to mean "not really interested or motivated to sell, but if you offer me a shitload of money I will consider it."
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Old August 31st, 2010, 15:05   #13
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Lol, were all "Testing Waters" then. If you could sell any gun or anything at a price way more than it's worth, I'd bet you would sell it. So... in that case I'm testing waters on my AUG... Anyone?
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Old August 31st, 2010, 15:15   #14
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It's not common enough to piss and moan about. I have seen it maybe 3 times in the past year. I can see why though, the seller does want to throw the bait out there but does not want to be committed to selling to any buyers.

I can see it being useful for items that are not so common in the sold archive or if the seller deleted the price. I use previous sold items to gauge my prices for items.
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