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Old 05-01-2014, 01:46 PM   #15
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Don't feel bad.
My dad bought a 1959 Crestliner Cabin Crusier brand new in 1959 for $900.00.
Sold the boat in spring of 1999 for $900.00 (Used it for 40 years)
The guy that bought the boat in the spring of 1999 for $900.00 sold it in the spring of 2000 for $2000.00.
He made $1100.00 profit and got to use the boat for 1 season.
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:47 PM   #16
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I do think there are people that are on C/L looking to scoop up deals and flip them for a higher price. Fair enough. Feeding folks a line of bull fertilizer is bad because there really are people that could use a break and these illegitimate stories create cynicism and resentment.
LOL its not just C/L this happens on and it sure isn't restricted to trailers. Selling big or small items or big tickets items such as a car or a home its all the same. People want a deal. Period.

A few years ago I was selling my home and the agent called to say that there was a good solid offer on the home and they buyers agent wants to make the presentation. The buyers agent started out by telling me a story of how his client was a really nice guy and that he had grown up in the neighbourhood and wanted to move back now that he was divorced and only had his children every 2 weeks for a few days, and the offer was for all he had & the max that the bank would give him as he was already a bit stretched due to having as part of his divorce settlement given his wife their family home & having to make support payments etc - so there would be no counter offer deals etc - Gezz sad story but do you really think I should seriously consider selling him my home for $400,000 less than what it was worth! Not sure who had the more shocked look me or my selling agent as he had been told over the phone prior to agreeing to the presentation that the offer was actually way more than what was presented.

The sad stories must work with some sellers otherwise I don't know why anyone would bother wasting peoples time with such silly stuff!
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:48 PM   #17
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Don't feel bad.
My dad bought a 1959 Crestliner Cabin Crusier brand new in 1959 for $900.00.
Sold the boat in spring of 1999 for $900.00 (Used it for 40 years)
The guy that bought the boat in the spring of 1999 for $900.00 sold it in the spring of 2000 for $2000.00.
He made $1100.00 profit and got to use the boat for 1 season.
Ya But..... According to the inflation index, a $900 purchase in 1959 would cost $5152 in 1999.
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But still ya got 40 yeasr use anyway.....
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:10 PM   #18
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I relocated and ended up selling my house at a major loss, sad story's don't hold as much with me anymore.... On some things. I've seen a lot of bad things in my life so far. I've got a good deal on the hardtop for my Jeep from C/L it came with a story, guy bought for GF she dumped him friend was selling for him.

That's why I go with the Karma attitude.
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:58 PM   #19
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Ya But..... According to the inflation index, a $900 purchase in 1959 would cost $5152 in 1999.
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Just wondering if anybody has put in the actual prices for some of the early 70's trailer to get today's values. And how would they compare to current pricing?
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:23 PM   #20
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I bought my 1978 Trillium 4500 Deluxe from the original owners daughter. She said it was $6000 when new. According to the calculator, $21,744.75 in today's dollar. Fairly steep. But, if purchased in 1979, which is not unlikely, then it would be $19,528.35 in today's dollar. More then $2000 difference! Must have been a high inflation year.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:53 PM   #21
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We all have a story like that. I sold a cherry 1987 Fiero GT to a father and son, thinking that they'd keep it as cherry as I had. Used to clean the rims with a toothbrush! A year later I found some unused Fiero parts in the garage, met them to give them the parts, and saw that the son had turned my car in to a real beater. I swore then, that if I ever sold another car or motorcycle, I'd NEVER want to see it again and beat myself silly for selling in the first place. Sell, but never look back!
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:47 PM   #22
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If you got what you wanted for it . Just saying
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:53 PM   #23
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I choose not to stress out over this type of thing. I try to come up with an asking price that feels fair to me and not unreasonable for the buyer. I also decide on my rock bottom lower limit before advertising something.

We bought a Ventura for a very good price and used it for a few years. It didn't cost us much in maintenance or repairs. When selling we realised that it really did need some cosmetic work that we didn't want to do. We showed the purchaser the things we knew needed attention. We priced it to sell easily to give someone else an opportunity to enjoy a wee trailer.


We had a fairly good idea of prices and got a Trillium at a price that seemed fair to the seller and us. If it had been over-priced we wouldn't have hesitated to tell him so - and why!

I know some folks are always looking for a chance to make a dollar or ten, even if they know they are ripping someone off. Think of selling a single mom a car that looks pretty good but the owners know the transmission is getting bad - and the brakes need fixing - and the tires need replacing. They outright lie about these failings. Or going out for a meal and having one of them complain about the food (which is fine) purely to get a chit for a reduction on their next meal in that place.

I just don't want to be a person who behaves like that.
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:21 PM   #24
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I'm fine with the whole "Flipping" thing.

The price matters not to me. I did get what I wanted for it, and am content. Figure it was a reasonable price for the amount of work that would be required to bring it up to what I think is an acceptable level. My time is worth more than what I could put into the trailer at the current moment.

I say go for it and get what you can.

I did get the whole "sob" story from them, but did not give them a deal as I had other offers for the asking price. I have heard the same stories many a times about different things.

I guess my main issue would be the fact that I am quite certain they will not disclose to a prospective buyer the things that I had mentioned to them, that should be done to the trailer. Base this assumption on the copy and paste of their ad description.

Anyway, with that all out of the way, I'm off tomorrow to pick up my next new to me Trillium.

Cheers,
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Good attitude Dennis. And good on ya for being fair and honest. Hope you have a great trip.
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:20 AM   #26
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We only get to control the morality of our own actions, not those of others. Not much point in wasting time on what the other person "should do" unless in the position to deal with them directly and possibly point out why a different approach might be better.

Sold a car, in pretty good shape for the major functionality, brakes, engine, suspension, tires. BUT the car had over 250k miles on it and I was starting to replace parts that seldom need repair. Also some things like power window were starting to fail. I sold it to someone my daughter knew needed a car, for $500 letting them know everything I knew did not work. I also let them know at this age/mileage something major could fail at any time. I felt the price reflected that risk and it's condition. They agreed.

That was 2 years ago and they still drive and love the car. Did some minor hose and line replacements but it's been good for them. I personally would rather have that outcome than the extra 3 to 5 hundred I might have been able to get for the car by being unscrupulous or a hard bargainer.

Sounds like the OP did the right thing and priced the camper after an honest and knowledgeable appraisal of it's condition. Easier to live with doing it that way in my opinion.
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I bought my 1978 Trillium 4500 Deluxe from the original owners daughter. She said it was $6000 when new. According to the calculator, $21,744.75 in today's dollar. Fairly steep. But, if purchased in 1979, which is not unlikely, then it would be $19,528.35 in today's dollar. More then $2000 difference! Must have been a high inflation year.
Thats interesting. While not the 4500 Deluxe the new Trillium Trailers - Outback goes for the base price today of $14,900 but once you add on the optional stuff such as spare tire, Fantastic Fan, gravel guard, awning, furnace, electric brakes, LED Lights etc I bet the price gets pretty close to todays dollar value on the above.
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