Ever been shopping and discovered an item without a price tag?
No one likes inquiring about something they’re interested in, only to find its way out of their price range. Including an accurate asking price keeps things transparent and benefits both the buyer and the seller. It’s also a requirement under our terms and conditions for listing classifieds on Trade Me.
The benefit of having an accurate asking price is twofold; buyers will have more confidence in your listing and they’ll be in a position to make an informed decision. As a seller, by disclosing the asking price you’ll be able to attract genuine interest in your classified listing from people who know that they’re able to offer you a price that’s within your ballpark.
This means that a classified listing shouldn’t be have a false asking price (e.g. listing a $15,000 car with an asking price of $0.00 or $1.00). Doing this skews search results on site, frustrates interested buyers and results in very little genuine interest for the seller - and that’s just not cricket. In this situation, we expect the seller to advertise the vehicle at the price they’d realistically like to sell.
This is an important part of our listing process. Sellers need to ensure that they include all terms of sale, payment terms, shipping methods and who bears the cost of shipment in the listing details. It’s outlined under 4.2b of our terms and conditions.
The purpose of this is to ensure a smooth trade for both buyers and sellers by making sure that all the information is there right from the beginning. Disclosing your asking price is an important part of listing a classified, with benefits flowing to both buyers and sellers. In doing so, you’ll be helping keep Trade Me a great place for Kiwis to buy and sell online.
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