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Old 12 October 2008, 03:22   #1
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Selling RIBs - alternatives to boatsandoutboards?

After a long period of not risking it I recently gave B&O another go, only to be bitterly disappointed.

Is there anywhere else that gets the same coverage from buyers? Or am I stuck with throwing money at them and never seeing the benefit.
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Old 12 October 2008, 04:29   #2
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Is there anywhere else that gets the same coverage from buyers? Or am I stuck with throwing money at them and never seeing the benefit.
I think we are stuck with them. Ribs, being rather niche, tend not to appeal to the masses. In my opinion, most people that are in the rib market, for what ever reason, will be clued up enough to know where to look. I would suspect that most rib buyers would have some previous boat experience.
Buyers with no prior experience tend not to go for ribs as a first boat.
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We found Hotribs very effective, fewer enquiries than B&O however the enquiries you get are from real people. Ribnet ribs for sale section also brings some enquiries in.
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We found Hotribs very effective, fewer enquiries than B&O however the enquiries you get are from real people. Ribnet ribs for sale section also brings some enquiries in.
Careful-you might prove to Riva that he's made a mistake

I have to admit, the B&O inquiries I've had are all either from scammers or people wanting to pay ebay prices for good kit, rather than ebay prices for the tat they'd get on ebay.
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I sold a Fletcher Arrowflash on B&O and was just about ready to pull the plug with the number of time wasting calls I got (it has to be said, mainly from people with a certain 'regional accent' ) asking questions like:

"what's the lowest you'll take, mate?"

- err... what's the most you'll pay, 'mate'?


"I think it's a bit too pricey"

- Well I don't and it's my boat. So what's your point?


"How long is it?"/"what engine is it?"/<any other question already made clear in the ad>

- As clearly stated in the ad <insert answer here>


One bloke rang up several times asking different questions, I recognised his voice but he denied that he had rang before. He even had me out in the rain on the phone with a tape measure measuring the overall dimensions of boat plus trailer. He said he'd come and look at it - never heard from him again.

I eventually got an email from a chap in Sweden which I'm ashamed to say I ignored as I thought he couldn't possibly be serious. The same chap then rang me up and it turned out he was deadly serious. He wired the money, boat unseen and I dropped it off at Tilbury dock where he had arranged shipping to Sweden! Boat sold!

I think B&O gets a wide audience, but be prepared to have to sort the wheat from the chaff in terms of time wasting scumbags!
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I found B&O did a great job when I sold my Viper, I think the 2nd call I had was from a serious buyer who took the boat.
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We found Hotribs very effective...
Thanks for that, I have been in touch with them re trade advertising and will let you know how that goes.
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I found B&O did a great job when I sold my Viper, I think the 2nd call I had was from a serious buyer who took the boat.
I too would echo Chris's sentiments. Have sold two ribs through B&O - in each case the first person to come and view the boat was the one that purchased it. Granted - with the second rib I had to deal with a few of the "less serious" enquiries first.
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