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Old 18-04-2017, 14:43   #811
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Re: Post the Worst "For Sale" Picture You've Seen.

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Okay, this is not a picture. Just a complaint about a TOTALLY STUPID website for selling boats! Which one? Popyachts.com

Seriously. These people will not let you look at the boats for sale unless you register. WHAT!!??!! Could they BE any more stupid!?!

Let's do a quick mental exercise. How long would Walmart have stayed in business if, when he opened the first one, Sam Walton had stood at the door with a clip-board and told potential customers, "You can't come inside to look around until after you register"?

That's right. Not darned long at all! Probably wouldn't have finished that first day! I mean, for God's sake! Even "membership" stores like Sam's Club, Costco, and the like will let you come in and look around, check prices, see what they have, before they force you to sign up.

Okay, rant over. I feel better now.
Nearly every boat from PopYachts is available on some other site. They just take advantage of the fact that most boats are open listings. I met a PopYachts broker at a boat and he wascthe most clueless person I ever met. Tried to tell me the Yanmar ran on gas. Lol.
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Old 18-04-2017, 19:26   #812
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Re: Post the Worst "For Sale" Picture You've Seen.

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Okay, this is not a picture. Just a complaint about a TOTALLY STUPID website for selling boats! Which one? Popyachts.com

Seriously. These people will not let you look at the boats for sale unless you register. WHAT!!??!! Could they BE any more stupid!?!

Let's do a quick mental exercise. How long would Walmart have stayed in business if, when he opened the first one, Sam Walton had stood at the door with a clip-board and told potential customers, "You can't come inside to look around until after you register"?

That's right. Not darned long at all! Probably wouldn't have finished that first day! I mean, for God's sake! Even "membership" stores like Sam's Club, Costco, and the like will let you come in and look around, check prices, see what they have, before they force you to sign up.

Okay, rant over. I feel better now.
And yet, multitudes (millions, Billions?) click on "AGREE" every day.
Why not?
I admit sailors are less likely to click "AGREE" than the general population.
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Old 18-04-2017, 20:56   #813
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Nearly every boat from PopYachts is available on some other site. They just take advantage of the fact that most boats are open listings. I met a PopYachts broker at a boat and he wascthe most clueless person I ever met. Tried to tell me the Yanmar ran on gas. Lol.

Enquired once to the website to ask the draft of a listed sailboat. I mean what a silly question, right ? Sailboat draft. All I got back from them was a continuous stream of emails advertising other listings...until their email address was blocked.
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Enquired once to the website to ask the draft of a listed sailboat. I mean what a silly question, right ? Sailboat draft. All I got back from them was a continuous stream of emails advertising other listings...until their email address was blocked.

I've had that happen with more than one company!
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Nearly every boat from PopYachts is available on some other site. They just take advantage of the fact that most boats are open listings. I met a PopYachts broker at a boat and he wascthe most clueless person I ever met. Tried to tell me the Yanmar ran on gas. Lol.

They scalp open listing and craigslist ad's, add 5% to the sales price, and prey on the uninformed buyer.
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I admit sailors are less likely to click "AGREE" than the general population.
I don't know if they are or not, but -- except for maybe a few remarkably rare exceptions -- it is an incredibly STUPID business model to require a potential customer to register before you will allow them to find out what exactly you are selling.

That is, unless the only "business" you are really interested in is collecting registrations. And maybe that's it. Maybe popyachts doesn't really care about selling boats. Maybe all they are interested in is collecting e-mail addresses so that they can sell them to other companies. Maybe their entire business plan is "be the best click-bait site in the world."

In any case, I will never visit their site again. That's for sure.
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I don't know if they are or not, but -- except for maybe a few remarkably rare exceptions -- it is an incredibly STUPID business model to require a potential customer to register before you will allow them to find out what exactly you are selling.

That is, unless the only "business" you are really interested in is collecting registrations. And maybe that's it. Maybe popyachts doesn't really care about selling boats. Maybe all they are interested in is collecting e-mail addresses so that they can sell them to other companies. Maybe their entire business plan is "be the best click-bait site in the world."

In any case, I will never visit their site again. That's for sure.
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Re: Post the Worst "For Sale" Picture You've Seen.

Every now and then I come across a site that requires "registration" before letting me see what I want to see.

Name: Joe Blow
Email: joeblow@123.com
Phone: 123-456-7890
Street Name & Number: 123 Main St
City: Anywhere
Country: Mars

That works about 98% of the time...


Occasionally they want to "verify" your email address. Then I have to decide if I want to spend an additional 5 minutes quickly setting up a free throwaway email address with google or yahoo or whoever. joeblow837402@whatever works fine. After the one use, I'll never use the email address again, so I don't care if they sell it...
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