Thank you for the responses. I am glad to read all of them, as I really had no idea what I might be doing to piss him off SO MUCH. Though I understand the viewpoints within them, I find some of the statements puzzling, and some downright incorrect. Some people implied or stated that I didn't make an offer. That isn't true, by my understanding. I'm sitting here with money ready to go the moment there's an agreement. To summarize: 1. I asked one question about the item. 2. I made an offer of $1,200 shipped a week later. The offer was 17 percent below item price + shipping. It has been discussed here recently that this is a fairly standard starting point for a first offer. I never expected him to take it, but for it to start the usual ping-pong of price discussion. 3. He declined...with an, IMO, disgusting pitch. 4. I made a second offer of his asking price for the item, sans shipping, agreeing that I liked his item better than most out there (and also understanding that the GC price of $1,200 would end up being about $1,300 after tax), and liking buying from a Reverb guy rather than GC. This is about 7 percent below his asking price plus shipping. 5. He declined again...and more and more. 6. I passed, with an explanation of why (which is something I generally do to be polite when exiting a discussion). 7. He got extremely sarcastic and snippy...and this confused me, because I had been going out of my way to be polite to a guy who, IMO, was acting gross. That's just what I generally do when dealing with people in business transactions, or potential ones. Some people have said I was kicking tires. This does not compute with me, because I actually offered more than fair market value for his guitar – because I thought it was above average in the looks department, and I like patronizing the little guy when I can. At no point did I pick apart his item's quality or condition in an attempt to get a lower price. I said I would pay MORE than it's worth on the mint used market because your item looks BETTER to me. To me, this is just what ya do when you're buying something...and what you expect when you're selling something, if you don't say "firm." You talk to the guy/gal first. You get a feel for him/her, you float some pricing discussions around. This seller does not say "firm" in his listing (though maybe this experience has caused him to add it). To me, the Make Offer button is just a robotic way to do what everyone is gonna do anyhow. I prefer to have a more human connection when buying. The, "If he didn't include 'Make Offer,' it's rude/annoying to send a manually written offer" attitude, I must disagree with. That's what the word "firm" is for. I always correspond with buyers before bidding/buying/offering, whether they have an offer button or not. They are almost always willing to discuss shifts in price, either a little or a lot. And I put my money where my mouth is. I never get in to extensive talks about an item if I'm not ready and willing to pounce the second a price is agreed on. I have certainly been annoyed by (but never snippy/angry with) Craig's List and E-Bay "buyers" sending crazily low-ball offers when FIRM was clearly stated in my posting. But if you don't say firm, then you are, de facto, asking for offers. Personally, even if I said firm, I'd consider offers that weren't lower than 20 percent off asking price – just not idiotic offers. Telling him what completed items in the past few days had sold for was not intended as needling. I simply felt I owned him some form of conversational explanation, other than, "Thanks but no thanks," for stepping back from the talks, after we had exchanged a few messages. He stated he would not sell it for less than it was worth. I pointed out that the way I looked at "worth" (average market value in recent days), he would not actually be selling for less than it was worth. Not needling or a dig – just an explanation of why I was backing out from my point of view. The explanation I gave for backing out was part of it, but it wasn't enough to make me pass over the guitar. I would have paid what he wanted in the end...but I just got a bad feeling about the guy. The reason was his vibe. His style of communication was aggressive and a bit too "used car salesman" for me...and I was particularly grossed out by his use of "Christian" to attempt to paint himself in a certain light. I took it in stride at first, but it didn't get any better. I wasn't going to tell him something personal like that, so I just said the thing about how recently completed sales had caused me to back off for a bit, and that his statement about $1,350 shipped being less than what it is was worth was not correct by my methods of determining value. One person said he or she couldn't believe I typed all that. I used copy and paste, and it took me maybe 10 minutes, plus some touch ups. Not too much time spent to have a discussion among hobbyists who would have worthwhile opinions on the matter, IMO. Thanks for the input. I knew there would be a range, and appreciate you taking the time, whether I agree with your characterization of me or not.