Join Date: Oct 2008
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Nobody says you have to bargain. if you see a listing for a boat you like but you think the price is too high, just cross it off your list. Problem solved. Re-read your own post, and think about it. You don't like bargaining, but you feel that every boat for sale that you like is overvalued. You have choices- pony up, shut up, and go sailing, grumble, complain, walk away, and stay on the hard for another season...
or learn that negotiation is a skill that can be learned, and is rewarding for both buyers and sellers. But a little realism doesn't hurt.
You know what funds you have available. You know what the boat of your dreams is listing for. if there are a few comparable dreamboats for sale, you can get an idea of how realistic pricing is. look at listings and see when they were last updated.
But don't be an idiot. if you have 50 k available in ready funds today, and all of the boats you are drooling over are running 100K plus, then man up and shut up. Nobody is selling their boats for half of list today unless a) they are realllly desperate, b) the boat is worth less than half of asking, or c) the wife got it in the settlement, and they don' t take boats as collateral at Saks.
having said all of this, I would not hesitate to offer 55%, as long as my broker knows that this is "not a take it or leave it" offer, and to convey that to the seller. your first offer simply gets the boat in play.
You offer 55%, they come down to 90%, you offer 65%, they come down to 90%, you meet in the middle at 75-80% , everybody feels it is a great deal.