First this email:
I am interested in three of your abstract paintings. Could you give me the prices on the paintings listed below? Are they available to purchase at this time?.
(three paintings listed, I didn't notice that she had also included her cell phone number.)
Suspecting this this could be spam (I get 2 or 3 a month) and a new head cold taking over the thinking part of my brain... instead of deleting, I answer:
Cxxx, only Ballast is still available. It's located at my gallery in Atlanta. Please refer to the info on the front page of my website and check with the gallery as to it's availability. I must add that due to the unfortunate status of many internet transactions, I suspect that you are not, in truth, really interested in my work. If I'm wrong, forgive me. If I'm right, please consider another line of work.
"I must add that the unfortunate status of many internet transactions" How dumb of me! Non artists don't know about all the phony offers we get from Nigeria, Scotland, etc. Or the pay-to-play art sites that are, supposedly, going to give us our big breaks. Unnecessary to add that part... should have hit 'send' instead.
So... as my head cold begins to clear I find this:
I am sorry if you have not had any favorable responses in the past with purchases on the internet maybe you should consider another alternative. I was truly interested in you work and have been looking for a piece of abstract art for about a year. I really liked your work and money is not an option for me. It is truly sad that you treat your clients in the way that I have been treated.
Yeah... so right! I should never be in the business of selling my own work. In fact I learned that very early in my career and made it my goal to be a gallery artist so I wouldn't have to risk saying the wrong thing.
So... I humbly answer:
Well, no need to copy that here... haven't sorted out just the right words to convey the right thoughts... I really did think I was talking to a machine... should have noticed her cell phone no, that would have been a clue... my bad...