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Old 06-04-2015, 14:10   #76
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You must not really have read what I wrote and you quoted I never said anything like "take X% off"

If you follow what I wrote you will get a boat that meets your needs because the broker will help you identify both the boat and the fair price.
No you just took one clarification to my response out of context and ignored the rest. (The percent off was in relation to the original question.)

It's OK to use a broker but based on my experience with them I wouldn't count on getting the boat I want or the best price. They care about their bottom line and their bottom line is purely based on making a sale. They could care less if it's the right boat for you or at a good price.

A key point, I have seen them steer people away from FSBO simply because there is no commission. From the brokers point of view, that makes perfect sense. As a buyer, if the FSBO is the best boat at the best price, I don't want to be limited by the brokers best interest.

Far better to spend the time and learn the market yourself and then use some solid negotiating skills to get the best deal. With this amazing thing called the internet, you can get a very good feel for the market by just doing a little research.

Of course, you ignored the primary point...it's OK and in no way insulting to throw out a low ball offer.
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Old 06-04-2015, 14:35   #77
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No you just took one clarification to my response out of context and ignored the rest.

Of course, you ignored the primary point...it's OK and in no way insulting to throw out a low ball offer.
No you quoted me and took the WHOLE post out of context.

And it IS insulting to just toss out a low number. In the long run for most boat purchases this is NOT the way to be successful!
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No you quoted me and took the WHOLE post out of context.

And it IS insulting to just toss out a low number. In the long run for most boat purchases this is NOT the way to be successful!
What exactly is insulting about it? No one is forcing the owner to accept a low ball bid. Only fools are insulted...and those fools will typically lose money in the long run as they have fewer offers to choose from.

Also, you are still taking things out of context. You still have to understand the market. I never suggested randomly knocking 50% off the asking price. That would be stupid if the boat is listed at 3 times the going rate.

I'm not sure how most boat purchases go (and I suspect you don't either) but I've had very good luck with both boat, auto and home purchases over the years. Of course, I'm typically going in with the plan that I can walk away if I don't get my price. I know lots of folks who also get great deals using this approach.
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nope I've never bought a boat
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nope I've never bought a boat
Inheritance maybe ?
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First rule of sales:
Properly priced items sell
For sale for three years indicates to me
Priced too high.
If you want the boat figure out what it's worth to you first
Then offer that amount, declining 500 a week thereafter
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