Wow. Take a chill pill
Yes I do routinely ask people if they'll take an amount im willing to pay , even if its less than their asking price . Because if they are firm in the price , I'm not going to waste their time or my time flying to see it in person.
But if they are willing to come down to my price , which is the same price as the east coast car pictured , that's when I'll spend hundreds to fly out (or just send a transporter and buy it sight unseen ).
Hopefully that satisfied your need for me to explain my offer
Your response is just plain asinine. Of course we all do the same thing when we are buying a car. Its the etiquette challenged that think they can just throw out a number via text or over the internet without any prior inquiries and think its perfectly acceptable and a successful negotiation tactic.
Most people would want to know alot more about a vehicle before spitting out an offer. Has this car had the timing chain job done. Probably not? OK. Do you have complete service records? No, fine. How long have you had the car and what have you done to it? Not long and not much? OK. Before I would even think of making an offer in this scenario is seeing the car in person or paying for a PPI. Before I invest in that I might ask if the price is flexible based on the results of that inspection. Once I have a complete picture of the car based on in person or the PPI results and I can make an offer.
There are plenty of times where I make an offer in the first interaction almost always over the phone, but its after I've had a decent length conversation to feel out the seller and the car.
I've bought and sold 50+ Mercedes, many of which site unseen on both ends. When someone on a forum or off craigslist pulls what you do, I never take them seriously, always respond the price is firm. I give alot of consideration to my pricing, and people think a single text, email, whatever, asking. "will I take xxx. CASH" is going to pull any weight. It insults my intelligence.
Nobody in their right mind is going to respond well to a stranger who has done nothing but throw out a number way under their asking price just out of the blue.
Your buying tactic is idiotic. If he was originally asking $6000 he would of had a dozen inquiries within 24 hours. Posting it on a forum for all to see? Hell I would outbid you right now at $6500 if the car checks out. My cash is just as good as yours.