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post #44 of Old 05-03-2013
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Re: Looking at a boat tomorrow

While it may be "logical" to ask if the seller really is the title holder, it would be equally logical for the seller to say "Show me you've got $3900 to really spend".

Sorry, guys, it just isn't done that way. You assume the seller is the seller and you aren't entitled to anything more until you say "Sell me the boat" at which point you can ask for the title and whatever else you need, like a notarized bill of sale.

And when you buy the boat...You can't pay with cash, there's too much counterfeit. You can't pay with a money order, too many of them are bogus. Gee, can the seller take it on faith that you're not a Nigerian scammer?

These are the risks we take, and if you don't want to take them, don't talk to strangers.
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