It seems ludicrous to me that one simple question requesting the asking price of a car advertised on a public forum has generated all this activity. So I feel the need to respond to some of the above comments as follows:
First off, I am not a "tire kicker". In fact, for JWHALFA to make such an assumption without knowing me is quite boorish and presumptuous. I am a retired person and have the financial ability to buy the advertised Giulietta Spider and JWHALFA's spider both and these cars are relatively inexpensive in comparison to cars that I have owned and presently own.
Secondly, it is simply rude to blow off a price request. If you prefer to keep everything hush-hush, one should at least have the common courtesy to simply point out that an email was provided at the top of the post for that purpose and that would have sufficed. But to just ignore the request is rude.
Third, if a car is advertised on a public forum, I believe that that the transaction should not be hidden or swept under the rug. In essence, I do not believe that a seller should post an ad on a public forum only to then convert the entire process into a private sale. If a private sale is what is desired, then it should start and remain a private sale from start to finish. To do otherwise (to me) is not a very transparent or fair practice. And, in fact, many car websites (especially in Europe) do not permit this type of practice and require the asking price be published. I believe this is the better practice.
Fourth, I would not take a backhanded swipe at BAT, which many people like and that has not so good but some good aspects as well.
Lastly, in this case, the "structure of the ad" had nothing to do with the negative "types of responses" mentioned by the seller because the negative response was not was caused not by the ad, but by a simple lack of common courtesy. All the structure of the ad and the resulting activity caused was that it discouraged a serious buyer from proceeding further with the possible purchase of the car.
Last edited by mooselise; 09-17-2019 at 06:49 PM.