"What's Your Best Price?"

Maybe it's just coincidence, but I have experienced an increasing number of buyers lately whose only question is "what's your best price?" in response to an "OBO" listing. Should such moronic inquiries simply be ignored -- or is there an appropriate/productive response?
In the last 8 weeks I've sold 9 items & have answered a lot of emails, as you might imagine. The most common one is "what's your best price", to which I reply with what my best price is, 'cause sometimes these are the folks that wind up making the deal. There are usually more than 4 words when somebody is serious.

I do my homework & price fairly & don't have to negotiate much to make a sale w/someone who's really interested. I've also tried educating some but it really is a waste of time. To the lowballers I usually reply with "I'm not desperate" Thing is, I've always responded to each & every email I've ever received.

One more thing. I take all the emotion out of selling. You can't make good business decisions if something is clouding your judgment. You can't have thin skin either.
It's kinda' like walking into a club and approaching a woman with the line "Let's screw". You always could get lucky, but it shows you to be a pretty lame pickup artist and/or equally amateurish negotiator. Any negotiating strategy or ploy has to be judged by its effectiveness. If it works for you..., but I'm going to ignore you.

Thank you very much.

No, thank you Onhwy61. That mental image is a real hoot!

I look at it the same way. If someone asks WYBP, they run the risk of wasting time and losing out to more motivated folks willing to make an offer and start the sales process. While WYBP-ers may occasionally ‘get lucky,’ it's a tough way to meet a nice girl…
on occasion someone will have an interest in an item of mine, and try to get me to sell it. Their " how much do you want" is answered with my " just pick your favorite number and keep adding zeros till I tell you to stop"! That one always works.
Simply, the answer to that question should be "the price that, after the deal is done, both parties feel that they are in a better position than before the deal was done."