Why should I pay you a deposit?

We are moving overseas at the end of June or first week of July. We are selling our house, and doing showings to prospective buyers. We don’t want to show an empty house, and we also still need much of our furniture, until we sell the house and move out. Some stuff can go sooner than others, but you get the picture.

So, we’re asking for deposits on many items. We could list the furniture much later than we are, but it’s a lot of work doing all this, so we’re listing now. If you see something you like, and you want to buy it, and you’re OK with a late June pickup, we ask for a 25% non-refundable deposit. Say what?

Yes, non-refundable but hear me out: If you decide to buy our dining room table, for example, and agree to a June 29 pickup, but then, on June 29, right before we’re moving out and moving overseas, you decide you can’t come get it or don’t want it anymore, we’re stuck with a dining room table we can’t take with us, and now in an urgent rush to get rid of. Not cool. So we figure a 25% non-refundable deposit is reasonable. We’ve done this with 2 people already. One person bought a utility trailer, paid a deposit, and agreed to pickup in mid March. Another person already purchased and picked-up a bedroom furniture set, but she had to wait 2 weeks to pick it up, after paying a deposit. It worked really well.

OK but what if you decide you don’t want it? Fair question. With a deposit, we’ll remove all listings for the item and consider it yours. But if you then decide you don’t want it, we have to re-list the items, find a new buyer, likely at a reduced price because we’re in a rush, if there’s even time left for us to sell it, and … it’s just a massive headache. So, if you think you might not want it, please don’t buy it. Don’t put a deposit down on it. I’ll find someone else to buy it, really. I don’t need the headache.

If, on the other hand, you show up to pick up the item and it’s unreasonably not what you were expecting, that’s a different story. Sure, what if we break it while we are holding it for you? Well, that’s on me to be honest with you, and if that happened I’d immediately tell you and return your deposit.

Can I see the furniture first?
Of course! Get in touch with Ben by email and schedule a time.

How do I pay the a deposit?
To pay me a deposit please pay via Square Cash, PayPal, or Apple Pay (email me for this option). Cash is fine too.

Can we get this documented?
I would prefer it if we did document, so here’s a PDF of what the bill of sale will look like. It’s very reasonable, I hope you’ll agree. We don’t need to sign this as long as we both agree to the terms by email or text or DM, but we can sign it if you want to.