You don't buy a car over the phone and pay before you see it, do you ? If you do, you must be a fool.
If I see a car I'm interested in, I arrange to go and see it, have a good look, poke around, go for a test drive. After that I decide if I want to buy it, and how much I'm prepared to pay. I'm struggling to believe that anyone thinks it's reasonable to "commit" to buy first, then inspect and possibly pull out.
I don't see anything wrong with taking a little of the sellers time, after all they are there to make money. If they can't be bothered to answer a couple of questions to keep their customers happy and make the sale then they're probably not telling the whole truth about what they are selling.
Absolutely. But that all happens BEFORE any bidding or Buying It Now takes place. Why should a seller effectively take something off the market for a tyre-kicker when there are other people willing to do their checking out up front?
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