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Old 16 March 2008, 05:00   #21
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They are getting worse now. I've now had 7 ads for my jetski disallowed with no reason given despite emailing 'Boats' on here AND their admin. Eventually I rang them and the ad was allowed...but as soon as I edited it to put a couple of small details in that I forgot, it was disallowed again...

Just glad I wasn't paying for the 'service'. If I was I'd be billing them for time wasted by now.
I have a credit with them and emailed to ask what I can do with it, have a guess and what the response was.

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Old 16 March 2008, 06:57   #22
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Same experience as oher users and advertisers - doubt we'll be going back. To add insult to injury, the Friday-Ad group recently bought Mailspeed Marine. Not sure I like the idea of paying a competitor to advertise! Perhaps the profits from Mailspeed will outweight the lost advertisers?

I don't understand why the site is so painfully slow now. Never seems to load up properly - sometimes get pics, sometimes not.
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Old 16 March 2008, 11:17   #23
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On a more positive note, I received a reply from them today!

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Dear Seller
Thank you for placing your advert online at www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk.

However, we feel that the advert may be incorrect as the price is extremely low for the product in question (delete which is necessary)

We have put your advert on hold for the time being until we have details clarified. Would you be kind enough to reply to this mail and confirm to me the correct price. If we do not hear back within 48 hours we will assume you do not require the advert any more.

As there is a large amount of fraud on the internet we wish to protect both yours and potential buyers interests.

Yours faithfully


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It's fair comment I guess.

Anyone wanna buy a jetski cheap?!
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Old 17 March 2008, 14:19   #24
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When i go on to the B+O website i get a pop-up from utarget showing some poncey Land Rover ad.... does anyone else get this or is it just me?
We will be taking that pop_under off the website shortly.
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Old 17 March 2008, 14:23   #25
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We have just pulled all of our advertising from the site for this very reason. The web site is running slower and slower and I am sure people looking to purchase a Rib are not interested in buying riding lessons or a new kitchen.

The site has to make revenue to be viable, the adverts you dislike are no different to most other popular websites, that said we like to listed to what people say and particularly RIB.net users so will be seeing what we can do to reduce the less relevant advertising. The site speed issue I am also investigating, the website is the UK's busiest marine website by a country mile and so at certain times the load on the servers can be quite a bit, hopefully users will nottice an improvement in the next couple of days.
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Old 17 March 2008, 14:25   #26
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Yes - used to be for Sky TV until recently.

I'm not sure whats wrong with charging people to advertise (or e.g. charging for adding a picture) - assuming the costs are low. Afterall anyone listing there is intending to make money out of it. This would also reduce the tendency for the "scam posts".

Yes, this hits the nail on the head we have to make it a viable business but also by charging a small fee to list a boat on our website we manage to reduce the amount of scam adverts.
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Old 17 March 2008, 14:28   #27
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Excellent.... my pop up ad has changed to think property! ....'good to see we've had a response from them too. Not.
Sorry I have been on holiday for a couple of weeks!

I am now working in my spare time to address the points raised here, I have checked my inbox and have not had any emails from anyone here, if anyone does have any feedback or needs help then please email stephen@boatsandoutboards.co.uk
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Old 17 March 2008, 14:32   #28
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Exactly my view, it has been getting slower and more expensive and is now unusable for the trader and getting that way for the buyer.

They lured me back for a three month retrial and it was the worst thing I ever did, I do not think I got a single enquiry from anyone outside of Nigeria.


Our prices have not increased in well over 15 months, certainly since I joined the company in Jan '07, I am looking in to the speed issues.

I have just looked at emails that your account received whilst it was live and you had many good responses from the adverts you had placed online with us so I think that is a little bit unfair to say that did not get any outside of Nigeria.
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Same experience as oher users and advertisers - doubt we'll be going back. To add insult to injury, the Friday-Ad group recently bought Mailspeed Marine. Not sure I like the idea of paying a competitor to advertise! Perhaps the profits from Mailspeed will outweight the lost advertisers?

I don't understand why the site is so painfully slow now. Never seems to load up properly - sometimes get pics, sometimes not.
This is no different to any other successful company, look at the services Tesco and Sainsburys offer in addition to food! Friday-Ad is our parent company and so for all intents and purposes Mailspeed Marine are customers of ours like many others, we even invoice them! BoatsandOutboards is the busiest marine website in the UK for internet traffic and I understand you have to make a business decision but we would like to have you back onboard and I am sure advertising with us would benefit your business.
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They are getting worse now. I've now had 7 ads for my jetski disallowed with no reason given despite emailing 'Boats' on here AND their admin. Eventually I rang them and the ad was allowed...but as soon as I edited it to put a couple of small details in that I forgot, it was disallowed again...

Just glad I wasn't paying for the 'service'. If I was I'd be billing them for time wasted by now.
Hi,

When did you email me as I have not received anything, checked spam folder!

I have been away for a couple of weeks so will just double check the inbox as there is a fair amount of emails there.

Many apologies for the lack of response!

Stephen
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