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Old 04-09-2021, 06:29 PM
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Just wondering if its just me or do other feel the need to respond to people that make stupid offers by sending you a text or email when you list your number and say calls only. Example !! Like you list a high end boat or car and they offer you half with saying cash in hand like your supposed to be impressed. Do they really think your going to agree to that when its priced right for the market value . I'll respond sure and then they ask when can I see it. Really ??? Do people really except this stupid offers or do they just want to impress them self with these offers. Since they are able to hide behind there computer. Thanks for your thoughts

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04-09-2021, 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by lifeisgrr8t View Post
My ad's never says best offer or OBO I agree with if you can't call your just trolling and not serious. I see on here people asking for burn rates and have no interest in buying your boat or they would reach out to the seller and If interested you surely have more questions than just that. I have bought and sold many boats and cars over the yrs and never make an offer on it before seeing it or talking with the dealer or private owner. My present boat is a 2015 Grady White 271 canyon that I bought from a dealer in Delaware via Face time . Yes I negotiated on the boat after I was serious about buying it Not Suppose I had money whats your best price.
You’re making the mistake of assuming that people buying a boat want to do it the same way you do.

It’s 2021, making or responding to texts beats the phone tag and voicemail game any day.

It seems a lot of people these days become their own “salesperson,” but hate negotiating and either aren’t good at or hate doing sales.

Want to sell your boat more quickly and at top dollar?

Follow this formula:
Reply to people quickly and honestly
Let people sea trial the boat, even without a deposit


It’s a sellers market, do those two things and you can have the boat sold in a weekend. Did it last year and got full price in two days.

Want it to take longer and be more frustrating?

Follow this formula:
Be stubborn and demanding of buyers
Make them jump through hoops to prove they’re a “serious buyer.”
If someone makes an offer, make sure to make them feel like an idiot.

Your boat, your choice though.
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Comes with the territory, if you don't want to deal with it than get a broker. I never respond, but it is annoying.
Old 04-09-2021, 06:32 PM
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I just answer with No. They may raise offer or move on. Either way not going to waste my time showing them anything if they come in with a lowball offer. I often have stuff for sale,but none of it has to be sold.
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It’s just part of the process if you don’t use a broker. You don’t have to respond to insulting offers. At the same time, I probably wouldn’t deal with a private seller not willing to answer an email or txt. It’s a quick way to get a lot of information on my own schedule without having to listen to a whole sales pitch. Saves time for everyone.
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just reply " no thanks" I one time offered 90k for a boat listed at 145k. it said make offer so I did. owner said no thanks. 1 month later we made a deal.
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As a buyer, when I see ads that say "phone only" I skip them. I will certainly correspond by email or text...it helps keep some of the emotion out of the initial dealings.
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Some people no matter the price just want to feel like they are getting the best deal. Example; my bro found a boat that was priced right. He could not help him self and still made a Stupid low offer. He did not get the boat. I asked him what happened and he said it was good deal, but he offered what he did. Boat was in a different state. He said the sellers response was awesome and told him to basically stay at home! We joke about it when we’re drinking telling stories.
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The way I see it is if you do not have time to call me you do not have time to buy what I’m selling.
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Struggle to understand this thread. Do you also pay sticker price at the dealer? Initial offer, It’s supposed to be start of negotiations. What does mean priced right? Because some stupid book say so? Cheap guy is not a problem, dreamer with no money equals wasted tine..,
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In the time of the internet and reality tv we have all heard the stories of someone that made the “deal of the century”. Maybe these deals happen, maybe they don’t but it has everyone looking for those deals. I know a guy who’s main source of income is reselling things he low balls on Craigslist. He spends 8 hours a day on various websites and making low ball offers. When he gets a deal he flips it and makes money.

no reason to get offended. Just business for some people.
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My ad's never says best offer or OBO I agree with if you can't call your just trolling and not serious. I see on here people asking for burn rates and have no interest in buying your boat or they would reach out to the seller and If interested you surely have more questions than just that. I have bought and sold many boats and cars over the yrs and never make an offer on it before seeing it or talking with the dealer or private owner. My present boat is a 2015 Grady White 271 canyon that I bought from a dealer in Delaware via Face time . Yes I negotiated on the boat after I was serious about buying it Not Suppose I had money whats your best price.
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Originally Posted by lifeisgrr8t View Post
My ad's never says best offer or OBO I agree with if you can't call your just trolling and not serious. I see on here people asking for burn rates and have no interest in buying your boat or they would reach out to the seller and If interested you surely have more questions than just that. I have bought and sold many boats and cars over the yrs and never make an offer on it before seeing it or talking with the dealer or private owner. My present boat is a 2015 Grady White 271 canyon that I bought from a dealer in Delaware via Face time . Yes I negotiated on the boat after I was serious about buying it Not Suppose I had money whats your best price.
You’re making the mistake of assuming that people buying a boat want to do it the same way you do.

It’s 2021, making or responding to texts beats the phone tag and voicemail game any day.

It seems a lot of people these days become their own “salesperson,” but hate negotiating and either aren’t good at or hate doing sales.

Want to sell your boat more quickly and at top dollar?

Follow this formula:
Reply to people quickly and honestly
Let people sea trial the boat, even without a deposit


It’s a sellers market, do those two things and you can have the boat sold in a weekend. Did it last year and got full price in two days.

Want it to take longer and be more frustrating?

Follow this formula:
Be stubborn and demanding of buyers
Make them jump through hoops to prove they’re a “serious buyer.”
If someone makes an offer, make sure to make them feel like an idiot.

Your boat, your choice though.
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Struggle to understand this thread. Do you also pay sticker price at the dealer? Initial offer, It’s supposed to be start of negotiations. What does mean priced right? Because some stupid book say so? Cheap guy is not a problem, dreamer with no money equals wasted tine..,
Private sellers aren't dealers. It's more like when you sell a house. You list it up. If it's priced right if you have 5-10 people contacting you that week. You follow up on leads in the order of the most promising ones to the least. An low offer doesn't start a negotiation. If you get lowballed, you put it on the bottom of the list as the last guy to message back if all other higher offers and leads dry up. Last thing anyone wants to do is spend hours talking to some autistic weirdo who has been watching YouTube videos on the "art of the deal" for the last 6 months and can't wait to spend an hour trying out negging and foot in the door techniques on you. Only brokers getting paid to do it for a living will deal with that.
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We all like to get a deal. I recently sold a pair of Yamaha F250's for $13,500. I had offers as low as $5,000 with buyers telling me they had cash in hand. Don't take it personally, thank them for their offer and move on.
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People will shoot their shot. You never know when someone will agree with your offer. Just because you get offended doesn’t mean anything will ever change. I’ve got great deals with cash offers. I’ve also been laughed at. But that’s ok. Because there is always another seller and another buyer.
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It is part of selling something, you cast a wide net with the Internet and as such will reel in a few a-holes, morons, and idiots.

I was selling something and a respondent asked if I would "accept any offer" . . . I said "no, but feel free to make me an offer".
He made an offer . . . I said I would accept it.
Never heard from him again.

I think the key to selling is to treat serious interests and offers in a serious manner, and likewise treat the jokers as such. I find that if an offer or price probing comes first, it is not a serious interest, and most likely someone just looking for a seller in desperation. I don't feel the need to respond, but sometimes it can be entertaining.
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It's just part of selling something, if you're on the buyer side of things you never know if you might get lucky and have an offer accepted if you don't ask!

I've had a truck of mine for sale for the past month or so, recieved an abundance of offers below asking and finally an agreement on full price. I was nice to everyone and said thank you but I'm firm at xyz price, don't blame them a bit for trying to get a better deal!

If you go to buy a new boat from a dealer do you accept MSRP price or do you try to haggle down the price? If you thought the dealer may accept a really low offer on a boat you wouldn't atleast make the attempt? Its all relative...
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I've responded to low ball offers in email/text who ask if I'll take 1/2 or so, sight unseen, by saying sure, that would be a great deposit.
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I had a few on a boat I was selling.

Would you be interested in a swap for land 3 states away even up?
1st line from interested party- how low will you go, or how negotiable are you?


I've always responded with a nice and simple reply, but one I really wanted to be a smart azz on;
Are you willing to do owner financing between us?
While I responded no, I wanted to say, $1,000 a month for 75 months, you can pick up when it's completely paid for, a little over 6 years from now!

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Don’t engage the one line offers at all. Some just keep messaging though

When it gets adversarial though I love to engage them after it is sold lmao

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