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I'd be interested in anyone else's genuine strategies for selling on CL.
Good pics of a clean boat, details of the important stuff like the the engine, rig & sails and price it well - "Call for Price" just means "Overpriced" to buyers.

Answer or return calls promptly and make yourself available for viewing at the buyers convenience.

It's remarkably simple yet few people seem capable of doing it.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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Good pics of a clean boat, details of the important stuff like the the engine, rig & sails and price it well - "Call for Price" just means "Overpriced" to buyers.

Answer or return calls promptly and make yourself available for viewing at the buyers convenience.

It's remarkably simple yet few people seem capable of doing it.
All great tips!! Compose a "serious" ad. Some CL listings read like Beavis and Butt-Head talking to each other.

"Call for Price" = Overpriced.

Priceless!!
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I get a kick out of reading the ads at times - "buy it now or I will fix it up and charge more"
I get the same kick. Usually, what they are charging in the first place is too much, and by God!, if you don't buy it now they're going to raise the price! Then, too, the ads like that always seem to have such an angry tone to them. Like the seller is mad at the whole world and you had darned well better not do anything to make him any angrier!

I just laugh and move on to the next ad. I'm sure these guys sit at home wondering why no one will buy their boat (and probably getting more and more angry about that!).
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Key to selling on CL - is getting a good buy when purchasing and pricing boat at a good price when selling - most who buy off CL are going to be budget conscious - sometimes they will pay you full asking price - if priced well at start - others will try and beat you down - even if its free! - have sold a number of sailboats on CL - pretty quickly - but it brings out the nuts ( its about as much fun as shopping at Walmart) - at times the cheaper the boat the crazier the callers - I sold an older Cape Dory 25 a few years - no engine , very basic boat - I bought it on CL and stripped it of alot of goodies and what was left was the basics - boat and sails - boat was in good shape however - but the calls - holy crap - some wanted a trailer with it - read the ad - no trailer - others had no clue about sailing and wanted lessons along with a cheap price - others wanted me to donate to them to their "charity" Sold it for $1,200 - a week after I sold it got a call from the guy who wanted me to donate it to him - he told me he was on his way up from West Palm Beach area with $1,000 and expected to pick it up that day - told him sorry it was sold - and he got mad - wondered why I did not "hold" it for him.
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Re: Craigslist sailboat selling strategies

I have sold quite a bit of stuff on Craigslist, and much like any retail there is a simple art to it. It just takes a little work, think high end advertising for your stuff. Clean what you're selling and make it look like new or the best it can be, take a good handful of pictures, and have a detailed description of it. I never put my exact location on the map, but usually pretty close. I always have a simple code word for the subject line, to weed out those who are too lazy to actually type it in. Having an actual price that is competitive, or lower, always works. Putting the ad in the 6 closest cities, at the same price so you don't get people asking stupid questions as to why you stupidly posted 6 different prices.


I want people who are actually interested, who read the advert, and who are willing to buy right then and there. Sometimes there are questions I forgot to address in the advert, but usually I get the "Is It Still Available", or can I come and see it, rather than tons of lowballers. You will still get those morons who come to lowball, just to test the water, and they'll lie to you just to get you to come down, they receive a courteous reply of "no".


The longest it ever took me to sell something was my 1992 Landcruiser, it was in perfect condition and priced for the condition, but finding the right buyer took a few days, but it sold for a couple hundred below asking, and everyone was happy. God I miss that thing, what a beast.


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Re: Craigslist sailboat selling strategies

I am always amazed by people who don't clean the boat up before showing it or even posting pictures on CL - down below looks like it was just left after a long binge weekend - the seller I originally mentioned in the initial post - did not sell the Freedom 21 for $2K during his "weekend sale" he now bumped the price up to $3500 - ( $500 more than the original price) interesting sales strategy
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interesting sales strategy
You would be surprised, it can work. I had a boat listed that was attracting nothing but tire kickers and dreamers. So I bumped up the asking price by $7k and started getting real buyers who could actually afford it coming out of the wood work. It ended up going to a buyer who did his research for around the original asking price.
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I would assume more expensive/bigger boats attract a more educated buyer - this guys boat is 21 feet which has to be kept in a slip - even though its small its not really trailer-able due to the draft 3 feet and the carbon fiber mast which is keel stepped - it does not make much sense to pay $300 month for a slip for a $2K boat - if he was smart he would take the first offer that's anywhere close to what he wants to get out of the slip payment.
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Re: Craigslist sailboat selling strategies

It does suck that they aren't trailerable, but I do think Freedom 21s are cool boats. Problem is they are niche boats, not that many buyers interested in them, but the right buyer might be willing to pay a premium for one. Probably makes them tricky boats to price.
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