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Old 02-02-2015, 03:28 PM   #11
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Most of the dealers I know in the west don't bother much with auctions unless it is a liquidation auction.

Most dealers have a hard time getting rid of what they take in on trade and are not interested in getting "more" inventory.

Again, take a look at what we have in inventory at www.harlowsbussales.com

Most of what we have in inventory in our WA locations have been taken out of service very recently. Most are pretty good old buses with lots of life left in them. The beat up junk we send right to the crusher without even bothering to go on our lot.

The prices are asking prices and not necessarily selling prices.

Make and offer and see what happens.

You need to do something about those pictures. Aren't you embarrassed to send someone to that site?
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:30 PM   #12
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I have been complaining about our company website for months.

They "improved" it once and made it worse.
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:32 PM   #13
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Your site isn't letting me narrow down the field search. I can go through the pages, but can't narrow the search.
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:35 PM   #14
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You can choose by stock number, brand, type, or age.

It is usually easiest to just page through the whole inventory.
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:36 PM   #15
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Seriously, go to Walmart or Costco and buy a $100 camera. Set the image quality for medium and use those pictures. You need to let management know that pictures like that send a message that you don't want to be sending.

Go to fleabay and look at the high volume dealers selling cars. They have super hi-res pictures and tons of them. The message they are sending is we don't have anything to hide and we have pictures to prove it. It's your living, not mine. Just trying to help.
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:40 PM   #16
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You don't think I haven't made that comment at least once?

The problem involves several locations in several states with differing levels of picture taking ability all being collated and processed by someone whose job to deal with the internet inventory is "other duties as assigned".

If there is a particular bus for which you want better photos I can get pictures e-mailed directly to you.
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:43 PM   #17
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I know how to narrow down the fields. When I try to adjust the assortment by price, relevance, location, ect, it tries to load for a second, then does nothing. I have seen your site before though. Mostly spamming craigslist, in the owner section, across five states.
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:44 PM   #18
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As I stated in another part of the forum: I am currently watching the bidding of two buses. One is an automatic(with a small leak) and one is a stick/manual. The automatic's inspection sticker is from 2013 and the stick is from 2014. Both are in running condition. The main issue right now is that three or so dealers keep upping the price to stupidly high levels. This makes me hate dealers more than when I started watching bus auctions. "IF" I win the auction on the leaky automatic, I'm more worried about a leak from a gasket than I am a hose issue.
It's a free world. Don't be a hater. Many of those buses have a second and third life south of the border. The days of dirt cheap buses are over. You are competing with wrecking yards, skoolie people, south of the border people and many others. You are better off searching high and low on craigslist.
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:53 PM   #19
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I'm searching everywhere that I can. I check both auctions and craigslist every day. If I end up buying from a dealer, then I do. If it's a free world, then aren't I free to like or hate what I choose?
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:47 PM   #20
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I'm searching everywhere that I can. I check both auctions and craigslist every day. If I end up buying from a dealer, then I do. If it's a free world, then aren't I free to like or hate what I choose?

You are but I would use that energy learning and researching what is the ideal bus and drivetrain. Some manufactures are better than others. Some engines are better than others. Some transmissions are better than others. To save $1000 to buy an inferior bus is not really saving money. I forgot to mention that you are also competing with the scrap cash value of the bus without removing any parts.
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