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Re: Initial Offer Question

In my experience, when the seller is constantly pointing out how great the boat is, and how perfectly they have maintained it, and doing a hard sell, then they are pretty firm on the price.

When they stand back and just say - " there it is, check it out" then they might take less

Neither of which should really affect your offer, but it gives you some insight.

I once offered 90% on a sailboat and the seller said loudly " I''d put a hole in it and sink it first!" I breathed a sigh of relief and bought a bigger boat cheaper later that year. On the cheap boat I offered 100%, in cash, no dickering.

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