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The classifieds are a tried and true method of selling used (or new) items from individual to individual. They offer the chance to deal directly with another consumer and skip the dealers, the retailers, the salesmen. At least that’s the point, anyway.
The classifieds (both online and in print) are actually the easiest way to put yourself in the way of crazy people, harassing phone calls and emails, uncomfortable situations, fraudulent situations, and unsuccessful negotiations. It inevitably ends up being more negative than anything else. That’s why many are now avoiding the classifieds if at all possible.
The easiest and most convenient way to avoid the classifieds is to approach an acquaintance, friend or family member who is in the market for your item…whether it be a car, electronics, an RV or anything else. But this can lead to estranged family or friends when the transaction is complete and new information or problems come to light after the fact. The buyer often thinks that you took advantage. The seller often thinks that the buyer is taking advantage of the relationship to get around what was a clear sale of goods with all responsibility for future problems transferring ownership with the item.
RV consignment is always an option. You can often get a better price if you’re willing to wait until just the right buyer comes along; someone interested enough to buy even if they’re not getting a rock bottom price.
For instance, Pedata RV Center offers a consignment program for consumers looking to sell an RV. It allows consumers to take advantage of their solid business history and large customer base (over 4000 potential buyers will see the vehicle on any given day). It also allows sellers to avoid all the hassle that comes with dealing with prospective buyers (especially in a buyer’s market). In addition to their consignment program, Pedata offers outright purchasing and even keeps professional drivers on staff to pick up newly purchased RVs anywhere in the United States and Canada.
Any way you decide to go there’s going to be a little bit of work involved on your part if you want to get the best price for your item. But keep in mind that there are a variety of options that come with different levels of “difficulty.” Make sure you go in the direction that suits your needs or you’ll regret it in the end. Don’t place a classified ad and expect a smooth, quick, no hassle RV sale. It’s a rarity. On the other hand, if you’re looking for smooth, quick and no hassle…find a company like Pedata that’s looking to buy immediately at a fair price. But if you’re using an unknown company make sure to check their business history; you don’t want to avoid the crazies that frequent the classifieds only to end up working with a business owned by one of those very same crazies!