Best Offer Etiquette?

Jul 20, 2006
HI Ladies,

With all the trouble with Ebay lately, I know a lot of us have been doing BINs or BINs with best offer. I really like the best offer option because you can bargain a bit, back and forth, with the buyer.

My question is this: When you put an item up for BIN or Best Offer, how much higher do you make the BIN price than what you would be happy to accept? I have been making my BIN prices very high, knowing that it'll come down a lot with the offers, but I think it might be off-putting to some buyers who think that the best offer will be just a bit less than the BIN price.

How do you do it?

Also-- have you ladies been using counteroffers at all? Any luck with them?

Would love to hear from you.


Flaunt your Fringe
Dec 7, 2005
I make the BIN what I would love to get, and make my BO what would be reasonable for me. For instance if I was listing a Coach key chain. Let's say I paid $9.99 + 6% tax. That's $10.58. I would set my BIN below regular retail, and to possibly beat the competition, but to also make me do a dance because of the profit margin. So if retail was $58, and the lowest competetor was at $40, I would set it at $39.
Mar 5, 2008
I usually put my BIN about $100-$150 more than I would accept. My items are usually around $500. You will always get crazy-low offers, but your high BIN might be off-putting.


May 11, 2008
I put my BIN price at what I feel my bag is worth, eg I have one listed at £500 or best offer as I actually bought the bag 2 wks ago for £520. I would probably accept around £420+. The best offer I have declined is £375 as I felt it was a bit too low.

When putting in offers I tend to start fairly low, eg I put an offer in this morning of $400 when the BIN was $650 but if it is declined then I can pop a higher offer in later.