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Old 11 October 2012, 16:30   #11
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I check it daily (the Irish site). It a virtually global operation and seems very well managed.
Cobra 8.5m with diesel inboard 7k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..............not that well managed!!!!
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Old 11 October 2012, 17:04   #12
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I check it daily (the Irish site). It a virtually global operation and seems very well managed.
I think Peter meant, "do people who buy boats actually read it?"... lets face it even when you come to buy a proper boat again you've not really left yourself many options where its coming from!
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I see.

And there was me going by what he SAID, not what he actually really MEANT. Here, are you SURE you're not related to Mrs willk?

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Think it is a very well laid site. Fast Web Servers also,unlike some.
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Have created an account and I like the trade upload process. Works far better than its competitors, particularly Boatsandoutboards. A lot less scams (or harder to spot) with very proactive people employed in rooting them out. Payment process a bit dated (no direct debit etc).

In terms of figures I'm both astonished and concerned. We have only put up 10 listings right now, 4 ribs, 1 Pilothouse, 4 Outboards and a wanted ad. 3 under 1k, 5 under 10k and one at 20k. These have been on just 3 days and had 30,000 views between them, all getting 2,000 + hits which is fantastic.

Concerning figure is we had just 1 enquiry from them all. Very unusual. I even put up a test ad with a stupidly cheap package price to see what happened and it had 5,000 hits in 24 hours but not one enquiry!!!

Compare that to B/O where the same ads have had just 3,000 hits between them in the last 5 days but at least 10 enquiries., 2 leading to sales. A typical eBay listing generates 3,000 views in 10 days.

I guess what I'm trying to say is Apollo Duck seems to get far more lurkers whereas B/O gets the serious buyers. Too early to make a decision but I'm thinking Apollo Duck has a much wider customer base, most of which are not within a distance to proceed interest (USA etc). That being said its so cheap it's well worth it but as bad as the site is, Boatsandoutboards still produces the best results.

At 4.5 times the price I should darn well hope so

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How are you measuring the stats? Could part of it be search engine spiders or other bots? What matters is buyers not views or enquiries in fact if e.g. b+o produced more enquiries each taking your time but fewer sales it might be less profitable.
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It's stats provided by each site. I'd rather 10 enquiries wasting my time then nothing at all, as I can potentially turn them into leads.

The Apollo Duck site is far superior but to date its not yielding any leads, which is obviously not sustainable. Say what you like about B/O - it's still the best selling platform on the market.

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Here's one for you - I had my old RIB advertised on:

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Redbay sold it
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Here's one for you - I had my old RIB advertised on:

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Redbay sold it
Was it a Redbay by any chance ? How long did they take,

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Was it a Redbay by any chance ? How long did they take
Of course

The lead came in after about 2-3 weeks.
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