We here at Woody Boater are going to start a new series of conversations for the Woody Boater community to talk about Taboo topics in the open. Things that are said behind the scenes so as not to cause any fights. Trust us, there are enough to keep going for some time. Subjects like, crappy restoration work, rip offs, ignorant sellers, fiberglass bottoms, new power vs old power, old wood vs new wood, judging issues, politics… and today’s subject. Multi listing a boat for sale. Mind you, you may have a strong opinion on any of these, but as we have found here, there is ALWAYS another point of view. Did I mention that Woodyboaterville is a nice small community on the shores of Lake Cyberspace… LOCATED IN SWITZERLAND! So, today’s taboo topic.
MULTI LISTING YOUR CLASSIC BOAT! Good or Bad?
For those of you that may not understand this topic, here is what is happening out there in cyberspace. lets say you have a 1960 Chris Craft 24 ft sportsman and you want to sell it. Great. And there is a buyer out there that is looking. He goes to ebay, then one of the brokers. He finds the boat and then finds the boat again on another site, and then on the trading dock. Confused? Yes.. Who does he ask about the boat? Now back to you the seller, your motivation is to sell the boat, you just want to get the news out there, so you tell 3 brokers OK, then try it on ebay.. You are in splatter mode. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t. Imagine that a broker has advertised the boat, and you find the buyer on ebay. Does the broker deserve some of the commission like a realtor? Are the brokers to blame for not selling it, they had there chance? Or was it a crap listing, that broker never even had permission to list it. We know of cases where a boat will be lifted from another brokers site. Or another trick is to leave a sold boat up to attract folks to the boat and then telling the buyer you can find him or her one. Now, to show that there is another point of view.. As I said there ALWAYS IS. “I don’t go to certain sites, so am I missing a specific boat?” “I don’t like that guy, so I would rather buy from another guy” “I don’t want to pay a commission, so I will try and find the sellers name and work around the brokers.”
Please feel free to comment, please comment. This is meant to be a place to feel safe and free of politics to get the topic attention and help us all.