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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:38 am 
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I am looking at buying a used 2018 Tandem Island with tramps. The buyer told me he bought it new last summer for $6500. I have seen ads for new 2018's going for $8900. Can anyone tell me what a 2018 Tandem Island sold for new last summer? Was the 2018 even available last summer, or did it not come out until the fall? Are there more than one type of Tandem Island that would explain the difference in prices? Any information would be appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Pricing Information
PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:24 am 
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https://www.hobie.com/articles/boat-ser ... cation,15/ tells how to decode month and year of manufacture, vs the possibly differing model year from serial #

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 Post subject: Re: Pricing Information
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:46 am 
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wxup wrote:
I am looking at buying a used 2018 Tandem Island with tramps. The buyer told me he bought it new last summer for $6500. I have seen ads for new 2018's going for $8900. Can anyone tell me what a 2018 Tandem Island sold for new last summer? Was the 2018 even available last summer, or did it not come out until the fall? Are there more than one type of Tandem Island that would explain the difference in prices? Any information would be appreciated.

The current US price for a new Tandem Island is about $6900. The only hull options are the color which does not affect the price.


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 Post subject: Re: Pricing Information
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:32 am 
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I assume "current US price" means for a 2019. Do you have any idea what a 2018 sold for last summer?

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 Post subject: Re: Pricing Information
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:41 am 
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wxup wrote:
I assume "current US price" means for a 2019. Do you have any idea what a 2018 sold for last summer?


list price went up $100 from last year

maybe the $8900 included accessories and a trailer?

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 Post subject: Re: Pricing Information
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:43 am 
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If the new price is $6,900, a used 2018 model cannot possibly command more than $6,000, and in my opinion, the seller would need to go a fair bit lower, as you could probably get items from a dealer bundled on a new one (eg tramps, discount on spinnaker kit, cradles/trolley, buoyancy vests, fish-finder, ground-tackle, safety gear, etc).

Buying a near-new TI doesn't look like such a good deal.....

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 Post subject: Re: Pricing Information
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:45 pm 
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Maybe he bought it as a demo? Maybe he’s lying through his teeth. But as disgraced presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said:

“At this point, what difference does it make?”


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Pescatoral Pursuit wrote:
Maybe he bought it as a demo? Maybe he’s lying through his teeth. But as disgraced presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said:

“At this point, what difference does it make?”

I would have thought that bringing international attention to USA's embarrassng ongoing political disaster is a huge error...

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tonystott wrote:
Pescatoral Pursuit wrote:
Maybe he bought it as a demo? Maybe he’s lying through his teeth. But as disgraced presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said:

“At this point, what difference does it make?”

I would have thought that bringing international attention to USA's embarrassng ongoing political disaster is a huge error...


Just because your politicians are not as entertaining :roll: as ours, is no reason to not laugh (or cry) with us as our ship goes down...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

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 Post subject: Re: Pricing Information
PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:47 am 
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tonystott wrote:
Buying a near-new TI doesn't look like such a good deal.....

BTW, buying a used US-made Hobie in OZ today should have a price sweet spot if imported about 4.5 yrs ago. This is because the Ozzie dollar was over 30% stronger against US dollar then, almost parity. Holy cow, AU$ seems to be plunging to a point making it a tourist paradise and maybe a good place for Hobie to make kayaks for the world, if free trade prevails.

I will omit some ideas for Australians to arbitrage AU$, tariffs, and EU VAT to get cheaper prices on new Hobies. Just urge strong-currency tourists to visit there before the cycle reverses - I had a great and affordable time when AU$ was even lower.

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