I'll make him an offer he can't refuse. Via Amazon
Expanding on Amazon's traditional fixed price model, the new pricing feature allows customers to offer to buy items at even lower prices. If agreed upon, customers can then purchase the items at a savings from the listed price.
To start, more than 150,000 items from sellers on Amazon are enabled with the "Make an Offer" experience across Sports and Entertainment Collectibles, Collectible Coins and Fine Art. The new feature will expand to hundreds of thousands of items from sellers in 2015. Customers can browse "Make an Offer" eligible items at www.amazon.com/makeanoffer.
Here's how it works: Sellers enable the "Make an Offer" feature for items to show customers they are willing to negotiate for a lower price than the price listed. When selecting "Make an Offer" on an item's product detail page, a customer can enter and submit a new price of their choosing.
The seller will receive the customer's lower price offer through email, at which point the seller can accept, reject or counter the offer. The seller and customer can continue to negotiate through email until the negotiation is complete. When a seller accepts a customer's offer, the customer is notified and can place the item into their shopping cart at the agreed upon new price for checkout and purchase.
"The new "Make an Offer" experience is a game-changer for Amazon customers looking for great prices on one-of-a-kind items, and for sellers looking to communicate and negotiate directly with customers in an online marketplace environment just like they do normally in their own physical store or gallery," said Peter Faricy, VP for Amazon Marketplace.
"The "Make an Offer" experience gives customers more control and better deals than they may have received prior to this program," said Steven Costello, Executive Vice President of Steiner Sports Memorabilia, Inc., headquartered in New Rochelle, New York.
"The negotiation experience will hopefully get more communication between us and our customers to help us better gauge the price for certain items. We love the 'Make and Offer' program, and it is only going to get bigger. Once customers know this is an available feature more offers will come, leading to more sales."
The "Make an Offer" feature is not an auction format. All negotiations are 1:1 and private between individual customers and sellers. A seller is able to accept a customer's offer at any time. The intention is to lower prices, and a customer negotiating with a seller will never pay more than the listed price.
"The "Make an Offer" experience is unique as it provides a new and engaging way for Amazon customers to negotiate lower prices. I think it will broaden my customer base," said Spencer Eggers, owner of Coast to Coast Collectibles, headquartered outside the San Francisco Bay Area.
"This new shopping experience could also increase customer loyalty because it will give serious buyers the opportunity to have direct communication with the seller to determine a fair, agreed upon price. It will be like a Black Friday sale 365 days a year." ■