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    reply my offer in mind

    I received an offer from an interested buyer and I want to reply to him that my price in mind and how low can I go. I am not sure what is the right way to say it. He offered $100, my price in mind is $250, but I can lower it to $200. Please advise how to say it politely and let him know what I wanted.

    I wanted to say something like...

    Your offer is too low, my price in mind is $250, the lowest I can go is $200.

    Your offer is not near what I am expecting. My price in mind is $250. My best offer will be $200.

    My price in mind is $250, my best offer is $200.

    I am expecting around $250 but I can reduce my price to $200.

    My expected price is actually about $250. My best offer to you will be $200.


    Do correct me if there is anything wrong with the sentences, or any other better suggestions. Thanks
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    Re: reply my offer in mind

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I suggest that you rewrite this with some changes:
    It's not, "My price in mind", it's, "The price I had in mind."
    The buyer makes an offer, not the seller. "Your offer is not what I had in mind, the lowest price that I can accept is $200.00." The buyer offers, the sellers accepts, rejects, or makes a counter offer.
    How can I hint the buyer that I am actually looking for $250. I want to hint that I have discounted from the price that I wanted to sell it.

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    Re: reply my offer in mind

    You can't. If you're willing to accept $200, and you tell him so, there is no way he will offer you $250.

    If you want $250, say so. My asking price is $250.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: reply my offer in mind

    I mean if I just reply with this sentence> "Your offer is not what I had in mind, the lowest price that I can accept is $200"

    The buyer will think that the price that I actually wanted was $200.

    I want to let him know that the price $200 is actually a discounted price. I initially wanted to sell it for at least $250.

    I mean I can sell it at $200, but I also want to let the buyer know that $200 is a discounted price from $250.

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    Re: reply my offer in mind

    The price I had in mind is $250. I'd be willing to discount it down to $200.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: reply my offer in mind

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I suggest that you rewrite this with some changes:
    It's not, "My price in mind", it's, "The price I had in mind."
    The buyer makes an offer, not the seller. "Your offer is not what I had in mind, the lowest price that I can accept is $200.00." The buyer offers, the sellers accepts, rejects, or makes a counter offer.
    "The buyer makes an offer, not the seller."

    After the buyer makes an offer, the seller finds the price too low, can the seller reply with:

    My best offer is $XXX

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    Re: reply my offer in mind

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The price I had in mind is $250. I'd be willing to discount it down to $200.
    Does the "I'd" above mean "I would" or "I will"?

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    Re: reply my offer in mind

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    Does the "I'd" above mean "I would" or "I will"?
    "I'd" never means "I will". Contractions start and finish with the same letters as the words they replace, so "I'd" can only mean "I would" or "I had". In this context, it means "I would" as it's a hypothetical situation. "If you asked me to discount it to $200, I would be willing to do so".

    "I will" would have been written "I'll".

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    Re: reply my offer in mind

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "I'd" never means "I will". Contractions start and finish with the same letters as the words they replace, so "I'd" can only mean "I would" or "I had". In this context, it means "I would" as it's a hypothetical situation. "If you asked me to discount it to $200, I would be willing to do so".

    "I will" would have been written "I'll".
    Is it also right if will is used in the sentence: "If you asked me to discount it to $200, I will be willing to do so".

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    Re: reply my offer in mind

    Not grammatically.

    If you ask me, I will.
    If you asked me, I would.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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