Shut up and take my money!!!

take my money
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There are some bizarre trend in sales ads, but I think the one that annoys me the most is the tendency of people to make excuses for the writers of the ads. The whole point of putting a horse up for sale is to sell it. At this point the horse is the merchandise and the seller is trying to get the buyer’s money for a product. Know what means? They need to earn it. It is not the buyer’s job to interpret the ad in order to give their money to the seller. Can you imagine if Walmart ran adds that said “We have stuff you want. Do not waste our time, and no tire kickers. We don’t have any information about the product you desire, but we expect top dollar. Bring cash. ” I see horse sales ad like this every…single…day.

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That’s not even addressing the poor spelling and grammar…

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Can I figure out these ads? Probably, but if you want my money you need to earn it. When I go to work, I don’t get to say “Don’t bother me, just give me your money”, it would be lovely, but just showing up isn’t enough. I don’t get to be wrong about simple things like breed, height, or be insulting and still get paid (unless you work here… ). I have to put forth effort in order to get paid. Yet, people want to defend these types of ads. Do you not have to work hard for your money? Is it really OK that this is all the effort they put into their ads? The information is often wrong, and poorly presented, the horses are dirty, there is rarely an attempt at a conformation shot, let alone a pic of the horse actually being ridden, but there is plenty of this crap…



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What does any of this have to do with selling a horse? Oh, right…

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  1. Posted by neversummer, at Reply
  2. Posted by Mickie, at Reply

    Since grammar and misspellings annoy me anyway, I heartily agree with this! You could have the best animal in the world, but if you post an ad that makes the reader’s brain hurt, they are not as likely to follow up.
    I was pretty lucky last year when I was looking. I saw several decent ads, tho I did see a few scary ones too. Followed up on one and the person was just as clueless on further emails. No clue as to height of horse — really? It’s not that hard. If you don’t have a height tape, just use a measuring tape and a calculator.
    Oh, and answer anyone who does email you. I saw a decent ad, looked like a nice mare, not too far from me, worth checking out. Emailed for more info, never heard a word. Ad was renewed so it’s not like the mare was sold. Even if you can tell the person is looking for something the horse is not suited for, be polite enough to say so.

  3. Posted by seabrooksr, at Reply

    There is a simple translation for these adds:

    1) There is a serious divergence between what my horse is ACTUALLY worth and what I THINK my horse is worth and I am sick of dealing with people who stop by only to be astounded, disgusted, laugh, flee in terror or worse yet, /// haggle ///.

    2) My horse is priced by the pound, or just above. Meat men and horse dealers only need apply, cash in hand.

  4. Posted by ChestnutMare, at Reply

    This isn’t just a horse thing though. A shocking percentage of the general public can’t spell or use correct grammar. Look at ads for anything, it’s the same. I’m trying to hire a contractor to build a fence and yikes.

    My theory is that there has always been a good amount of people of questionable literacy, but the internet exposes them. I once had job in the classified ad department of a newspaper. People phoned the paper, told me what they wanted to sell, and I wrote up the ad. They didn’t have to know how to spell anything, that was my job. Now that job barely exists anymore, most classified ads are placed directly on the internet, without a literate human being in the middle.

    It’s still worthwhile to write a correct ad though and if you are not good with English, it only makes sense to ask a friend or family member for help.

  5. Posted by whisperbaby, at Reply

    You see a lot of “don’t waste my time” type ads around here. I’d be afraid to go to someone’s house that used that kind of language.

  6. Posted by Hawse, at Reply

    This is so bang on. Even if a horse looks amazing, I immediately skip any ad that uses any variant of ‘no timewasters’. Selling a horse isn’t like selling your used umbrella. People are going to take their time deciding whether or not the horse will work for them, and that means they’re going to take *your* time. Don’t like that? Don’t sell your horse.

  7. Posted by Monica aka Wildling, at Reply

    “spotted bread” Lazy fuckers are too lazy to learn to spell and you think they gonna bother giving any useful info? I almost like these ads better than the ones with the never ending run on sentences, those make my head hurt. I try to think of these all those old war messages in Morse code: you need to decipher them first.

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