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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?

    How should I reply?

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    Re: ballpark price?

    Here's what I found: ballpark estimate - Wiktionary

    Maybe someone more experienced in trading will have something to add

    Greetings,

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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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

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    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.
    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: 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?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


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

    Citizen (hesitant to answer): I'm not sure.

    Government official: You don't have to be exact. A ballpark (approximate) figure would be fine.

    Citizen: Oh, I can give you the exact figure.

    Official: Wow! Thanks. What is it?

    Citizen: I give nothing. Not one penny.

    Official: Why is that?

    Citizen: Because I do not like human beings.

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    Re: ballpark price?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    but nowadays everyone plays baseball.
    What does the above sentence mean?

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    Re: ballpark price?

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

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