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    Default 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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    Default Re: ballpark price?

    Here's what I found: ballpark estimate - Wiktionary

    Maybe someone more experienced in trading will have something to add

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

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    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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    Default 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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    Default 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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    ***** 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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    Default 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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    Default 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.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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