Low-Ball Offer

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Low-Ball Offer

An offer to buy something for an exceptionally low price. For example, if the asking price on a house is $200,000, a potential buyer may make a low-ball offer of $125,000.
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A car salesperson's first lowball offer on someone's vehicle trade-in might lead to a disadvantageous deal price.
But he told the New York Times that if a bid were to emerge, "it would probably be a lowball offer."
A lowball offer to an unemployed candidate only plants the seeds of discontent before a candidate even starts and will make your new hire susceptible to entrees from other companies once he's aboard with you.
"I got a lowball offer today on a property," O'Bryant said in a recent interview.
"He still owns 100% of the voting shares" of his wildly successful brand, Martin said; that weighed heavily in his decision to reject what he termed a "lowball offer" for a business that's already growing rapidly, racking up the equivalent of more than 1 million 9-liter cases in just 18 months.
Ratner then countered with a lowball offer of just $50 million and still won the rights.
Once the haggling begins, don't get desperate and take the first lowball offer you hear.
If you are really serious about hiring an outstanding employee, then nothing can be more insulting to an employee than "lowball offer." If your intent is to make a low offer and then raise it if the person declines, you have already created an adversarial tone.
However, given the lowball offer, there are reports that AB InBev may choose to scupper the sale, and try to sell off the breweries individually.
Sellers want to and are willing to sell, but once they get a lowball offer, its difficult to work with them." She's seen potential sellers get insulted at lowball offers and reject them, only to call back later asking if there's any hope to revive the deal.