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## ballpark price?

"please let me know a ballpark asking price so that I may understand whether it is feasible for me to make you an offer"

I received an email from an interested buyer with the above sentence.

What does ballpark price mean? Is it a single price or a price range?

2. ## Re: ballpark price?

Here's what I found: ballpark estimate - Wiktionary

Greetings,

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## Re: ballpark price?

The interested buyer says "please let me know a ballpark asking price so that I may understand whether it is feasible for me to make you an offer"

If lets say I reply \$500, how is the interested buyer going to make an offer?

Is ballpark a single figure?

The ballpark estimate - Wiktionary explanation does not help me in understanding the term

4. ## Re: ballpark price?

Yes, it's a single figuure, though I guess it can be a range as well.
Let's say you're looking for a new job. You would be willing to accept \$50,000 a year. You say you're looking for a job that pays \$55,000. That way, if the person can pay you \$50,000, he knows he's in the ballpark. If he only has \$35,000, he's not in the ballpark.

In your case, you want \$500. You say you were looking for \$500-\$550. If the person planned to spend only \$300, he's not even in the ballpark.

5. ## Re: ballpark price?

Yes - it's both a figure and a range. It's a figure that represents or suggests a range.

In Br Eng, we used to say ono [='or near{est} offer'], but nowadays everyone plays baseball.

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## Re: ballpark price?

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Government official (taking a survey): How much money do you contribute to charity every year?

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## Re: ballpark price?

Originally Posted by BobK
What does the above sentence mean?

8. ## Re: ballpark price?

Originally Posted by goodstudent
What does the above sentence mean?
Bob means that British people now use the American expression.

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