Now I am confused. Is the upset because Kirsti bought Darrens trailer without first disclosing that they were a dealer, or because it was put up for sale
at $8,000, some $2,000 more than it was bought for, but at only a reasonable 12% profit after expenses????
It seems that a lot of the Bolers are selling in the $6,000+ range, and a dealer price of 25% over and above the private party price seems reasonable. On the other site I read one complaint that the writer seemed to think that Bolers should sell in the $3500 range so he could afford one, and that everyone was just pushing up the price to make more money (duh!).
If Darren had lowered his price to accomodate the "story" of the buyer I could see a reason to complain, but he didn't, which should end the discussion. The buyer took a risk, paid the price, had it shipped, and is now hoping to find a buyer to recoup costs and make a small profit. If no one will pay the higher price, then Darren gets the last laugh, if they do, he's not out anything and he probably would not have been able to sell it to that same customer anyway.
It's like the guy down here in CA last year, when real estate prices were totally crazy. He sold
his house at a price he couldn't even imagine 3 years ago and went out to buy a new mansion. Big surprise, all he could buy was another house just like the one he sold
, and then he gets hit with up to a 400% property tax increase to boot. (That's called the Proposition-13 Screwup down here in CA)
Right now lightweight campers are HOT and gas eating Class "A" motorhomes are a drug on the market. Down here you can buy a low mileage 30' motorhome for about the same price as the Boler is being offered for. It's supply and demand, nothing more, nothing less.
The real reason that bargains (read "stealing from the seller") are harder to find these days is the internet and eBay. Now all it takes is 5 minutes to find the value of almost anything before you put it up for sale
. I haven't seen a used car bargain in 10 years, everyone knows market value these days.
In this case I don't think that anyone comitted a crime worth fussing about. I do still warn everyone to know as much as possible about the SELLER before buying that bargain you found in the Shopping Center parking lot, that's still where the real risk is located.
It's 96 in beautiful downtown Riverside today, I think I will go jump in the hot tub with a friend.
Have fun, I will!
Robertr Miller in Riverside, CA