I've been buying and selling in the TB classifieds for a couple of years now. During that time I've noticed certain trends that affect the way I approach gear, no matter which side of the deal I'm on. Obviously, a seller and buyer should deal honestly and not misrepresent themselves or their item. That's a given. I'm thinking more about the transaction itself. When I started as a seller, I tried listing the item as close to my desired price as possible. I would put language in the listing to the effect of "Price is firm but will negotiate basses on shipping location." But inevitably, I'd get a couple of those DM's with an offer that is 15-20% off the asking price. Many times, those 'offers' were disguised as, "This is all the money I have." And even when I put "No trades please," I would get at least one DM asking, "Trades?" I get it. You have not because you ask not. I learned that in Sunday School. But the result has been that now, I feel the need to list the items at a higher price to leave room for negotiations... hoping to get the offers a little closer to my range. Of course, this can look like a seller has priced gear too high, when it's been listed for a while. On the other hand, as a buyer, I try & take all this into consideration. If I'm interested in an item, I'll typically DM with any questions including, "Is that your rock-bottom price?" or "Are you entertaining offers?" just to be polite. For me, it's a 'Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you' kind of thing. Once again, Sunday School. TB Classifieds is still my favorite place to buy/sell gear. However, I'm genuinely curious to hear thoughts from other TBers along these lines. I want to make sure my expectations are realistic. In your mind, are there any unwritten rules of decency that you follow or require when dealing in the TB classifieds?