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Selling a boat on e-bay need advice
I actually bought my boat because of eBay, but not through it. The PO used eBay as a marketing tool to get visibility.
I was looking everywhere for boats 18 months ago and found some, but not many, interesting craft on eBay. I was also going to all the on-line boat brokerages I could find not only to see what I might buy, but also to learn what was out there.
I stumbled across a local Pearson 323 on eBay and corresponded with the owner to get more information. After several emails, we talked on the phone, then went for a sea trial. No money had changed hands at this point, but we''d left eBay behind as the transaction method. The deal came down to me and another guy on the east coast that was willing to pay $2k over my offer sight-unseen and have the boat shipped from LA to NY.
Even through that minor bidding war, I believe that I got a very good price for a very sound boat that really only needed cosmetic and minor system work.
I honestly lucked out. The PO was in a hurry to sell and the local broker wasn''t getting any prospective buyers. I came into the deal at the right time and ended up with a boat I''m very pleased with. In fact, of all the other boats I''ve sailed on and seen at shows in the last few years I can''t see myself owning anything else... At least anything I can afford. (Although I do rather like the new Beneteau 365 as a race-cruiser.)
I think the key to my eBay transaction working was the fact that the seller was local and I had a chance to do the normal due-dilligence prior to the sale. If there was a 42'' Swan on eBay for $2,000 that was 2k miles away, I don''t think I''d be interested.
Hope that helps.