Less spending money in general
Posted by: pikabike on Oct-05-12 10:05 PM (EST)
It's not limited to composite sea kayaks. I've sold a bunch of things on CL. In the beginning (6-7 years ago) I would get exactly what I asked for and the buyers handed over cash, happy with their end of the deal. Later, they nearly all tried to bargain the price down from its already-reasonable quote, or they would play waiting games. Still later, other items priced at similarly good deals would get very few bites, just spam or looky-loos.
I figure it's a sign of the hard times. The glass boat I want to sell will sit unused until someone is willing to pay the half-off-new price I'm asking. I'm not going to yard-sale it, though if I knew someone who really wanted it and would paddle it (not "flip it"--resell it at higher price) I'd consider selling it for slightly less. Might have better luck now that I'm in an area with many more sea kayakers, but I wouldn't bet on that.
BTW, if I estimated demand for types of kayaks based on what I see now, I would come to the strange conclusion that everybody wants a SOF or wood kayak. It's not a national trend but has more to do with there being so many DIYers around. Homemade roof racks, toppers, campers, all kinds of boats...not to mention buildings, furniture, and more.