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Boat Brokers scams?

Old 09-19-2018, 05:59 AM
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I am in the market now for a particular boat, I've seen a couple pop up on broker sites where the only way to contact them is through email. I send me info and here NOTHING back. Are these just scammers collecting data?
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Old 09-19-2018, 06:04 AM
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I don't know, but I wouldn't trust anyone I can't talk to over the phone.
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Old 09-19-2018, 06:50 AM
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I'll sell you whatever you want at whatever price you decide is fair, just send me an e-mail and I'll tell you where to wire the funds.

agree with above, I'd never buy without a phone call and in person viewing of item with the broker.

A Legitimate Broker will have a phone number. A person who calls is usually much closer to actually buying than the guy that emails asking about top speed...
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Old 09-19-2018, 12:34 PM
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I'll sell you whatever you want at whatever price you decide is fair, just send me an e-mail and I'll tell you where to wire the funds.

agree with above, I'd never buy without a phone call and in person viewing of item with the broker.

A Legitimate Broker will have a phone number. A person who calls is usually much closer to actually buying than the guy that emails asking about top speed...
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Old 09-19-2018, 02:19 PM
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Agreed, any reputable sales firm will have a direct # to call.
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Old 09-19-2018, 02:22 PM
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I think they forget (or don't care) to take the ads down after the boat gets sold. Every time I have been in the market for a specific boat, searching all the boards daily, I would contact many and find out the boat had sold.....then for weeks I am still seeing those ads, knowing that there is no boat there.
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Capt. Dan View Post
I am in the market now for a particular boat, I've seen a couple pop up on broker sites where the only way to contact them is through email. I send me info and here NOTHING back. Are these just scammers collecting data?
they are all used car salesman. Count your fingers after you shake their hand!
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Old 09-19-2018, 10:48 PM
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How can it be a scam if they aren't even replying back. Like someone previously said a lot of adds are left up after the boat is sold on accident. I'm not even sure some of these brokers even check the emails for them either. Better to call/text the number provided or see if an actual person's email is available not just a general contact form that may not even go anywhere. I've also noticed in my search for a boat that many small sites will use adds from the bigger sites just to get traffic to their site so the broker may not even know it's listed on a particular site.

I wouldn't be to worried about it, just give them a call you can always ask for a personal email or a number to text then and communicate that way after for any additional questions you may have.
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Old 09-19-2018, 11:44 PM
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How can it be a scam if they aren't even replying back. Like someone previously said a lot of adds are left up after the boat is sold on accident. I'm not even sure some of these brokers even check the emails for them either. Better to call/text the number provided or see if an actual person's email is available not just a general contact form that may not even go anywhere. I've also noticed in my search for a boat that many small sites will use adds from the bigger sites just to get traffic to their site so the broker may not even know it's listed on a particular site.

I wouldn't be to worried about it, just give them a call you can always ask for a personal email or a number to text then and communicate that way after for any additional questions you may have.
This is probably true. Also, lots of guys here just search things and post replies to ads and threads that are years old without checking dates. I bet some people are google searching the boats they want and sending emails to ads posted without trying to find out how old the ads are.

Also if I am selling things and someone just sends their phone number and asks me to call them with no other details provided, I'm not going to bother.
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Old 09-20-2018, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by 28S View Post
I think they forget (or don't care) to take the ads down after the boat gets sold. Every time I have been in the market for a specific boat, searching all the boards daily, I would contact many and find out the boat had sold.....then for weeks I am still seeing those ads, knowing that there is no boat there.
Exactly, I'm seeing adds pop up for boats that appear to have been sold more than a year ago.
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:16 AM
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Exactly, I'm seeing adds pop up for boats that appear to have been sold more than a year ago.
This is an issue with the listing system we use. Some of our ads won't come off, and customer service at the companies we subscribe to can also be a pain. Some ads are also out on the internet but no technically "active" in our system, but if you arrive at them through a google search or some sort of third party search engine that can direct you to inactive ads, you can find boats that have been sold years prior.

I think it comes from the fact that we all publish sales ads across a variety of platforms, and some are really lousy at scrubbing the info away once we deactivate.
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Originally Posted by WalkingTheDocks View Post
This is an issue with the listing system we use. Some of our ads won't come off, and customer service at the companies we subscribe to can also be a pain. Some ads are also out on the internet but no technically "active" in our system, but if you arrive at them through a google search or some sort of third party search engine that can direct you to inactive ads, you can find boats that have been sold years prior.

I think it comes from the fact that we all publish sales ads across a variety of platforms, and some are really lousy at scrubbing the info away once we deactivate.
I get it, also the ads rarely show a "Listed Date" which would be helpful to the buyer, maybe not as helpful to the seller.
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they are all used car salesman. Count your fingers after you shake their hand!
Sounds like you'd benefit from a little "due diligence" or research before applying your comment towards the entire industry. A little research should quickly uncover a number of great resources for those on the market.
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:04 PM
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I wouldn't be to worried about it, just give them a call you can always ask for a personal email or a number to text then and communicate that way after for any additional questions you may have.
But wasn’t the OP’s point that the ads he’s seeing have no number to call?
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Old 09-20-2018, 02:08 PM
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But wasn’t the OP’s point that the ads he’s seeing have no number to call?
Like I said it could be one of these smaller sites that take adds off the larger sites for traffic, if there's no number look up the broker's name usually listed on the add and call them, if there's no name then don't worry about it thr broker probably doesn't even know the add is still out there.

Or if he really wanted he could call another broker and see if they can get any info on the boat. Or take the copy of the add title and paste it into a google search to see if any other adds come up. Plenty of ways to find a number
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would be helpful if you post where you are seeing/entering your info...what website? how you come across?
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