No Money? NO PROBLEM!! $5,000 Website Deal Went Bust, Then Turned Into a $50,000 BOAT!!

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So, I had a potential client, does excavating and other construction work, just got into the business for himself. He contacted me maybe 6 months ago about a website and some very light marketing. I gave him the price and he didn't want to do it.

He just didn't have the money, so he said... months went by, I would give him a call every now and then just to stick in his head, keep warming him up giving him a few tips along the way.

Well.... if you guys watch A&E, you're probably a fan just like me of their awful reality shows that somehow get you addicted to how they do it. Storage wars has me wanting to get dirty and buy storage lockers.... well... barter kings is a new show, that has me getting into bartering. The show gave me an idea... instead of trading things up to other things, why not just use my services as my bargaining and bartering tool!?

So.... I gave him a call, just to BS with him, really nice guy... I said, "Mike... So I've been watching a show, barter kings.." " I LOVE THAT SHOW MAN", he said... I told him, let's do something.. I was thinking I could get some old piece of equipment I could sell for 5-10k.... but no... He had an old corvette, that probably could have sold for about 12k...that was his first offer, and he told me he has 2 boats, and his dad just gave him a 100K boat, and has one sitting there but the value is around 50k. I told him, well, let's beef up your website, and set you up with hosting, maintenance, brand identity service, and some monthly marketing with SEO for a year, and call it even.

Now... I'm the proud owner of......


Now, I don't have any room for this... I have to store this at my parents house, and they don't even have room for this. I don't know whether to sell it or not, but my step dad took this out on a lake today and said it runs perfectly. Has a fridge inside, 33 ft in length, 11 feet wide..

Point of the story... a little bragging... but mostly to show you all to ALWAYS be thinking... some things can be better than just a cash deal! 5K proposal, initially gave me $0, and turned into $50,000 or a new boat for me lol.

Edit: Another moral of the story.... once you have someone interested, NEVER let them out of your funnel. Keep contacting until they say piss off... and then follow up again in 6 months!
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWZERS!

    Thats amazing bro, you are my new mentor! Beyond speechless.
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    • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
      Originally Posted by John Durham View Post

      WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWZERS!

      Thats amazing bro, you are my new mentor! Beyond speechless.
      LOL, I got butterflies closing the deal. I got a really good deal, but so did he... he's going to make more than $50,000 from what I'm going to be doing for him.. so it's a good deal.

      I got lucky... but it was self created luck, know what I mean? The amount of possibilities this brings, is amazing man. Think about all the people that want REALLY HIGH END services, but they don't want to pay cold hard cash, and would rather trade some of their high end stuff to get it?? Just asking, goes a long way man... this really has me motivated... I have NO idea what I'm going to do with the boat but if I could get a boat, I could get a house, cars, jet skis, choppers! ENDLESS possibilities!
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      • Profile picture of the author John Durham
        Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post


        I got lucky... but it was self created luck, know what I mean?
        You deserve it ...

        ".... I will not fail as the others for in my hands I hold the charts that will guide me through perilous waters to shores which yesterday seemed only a dream, until even apples made of GOLD will seem naught but my JUST reward..."
        -Og

        You have made it to where Og talks about; accept it as your "just" reward. We all know you deserve it, and you do Iamnameless, you rock man.

        That boat is gonna look good on you brother.

        Ps. Dont sell it unless you first take some success pics with some bling and hot ladies!
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      • Profile picture of the author ShayB
        Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post

        I got lucky... but it was self created luck, know what I mean?
        The harder you work, the luckier you get.

        Great job!
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  • Profile picture of the author mydream247
    Man that's sweet, I loveeeee fishing, one of my goals is to someday own a boat like that, maybe I will find or barter a deal like you found. Great story. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mav91890
    Nice job. If I was the prospect I would have just sold the boat for as much as I could and then given you the 5k.

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    • Profile picture of the author bwh1
      Originally Posted by Mav91890 View Post

      Nice job. If I was the prospect I would have just sold the boat for as much as I could and then given you the 5k.

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      DITO, I really liked the story but I have a bit a hard time to believe that there exist such a (BAD) business owner which throw away 45k just because his dad gave it to him (Not saying that you made this up, OK).

      Sell the boat on eBay and make as much as possible, then pay you the 5k you asked and enjoy the rest.

      Such stories amaze me, this seams only to work in the US where folks like your new client have valuable goods they just don't put any value on it.

      Impossible in Brasil.

      Down here they try to give you stuff they even DON'T own, imagine then with valuable goods they really have in their backyard

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      • Profile picture of the author khut
        I think you should try to barter the boat for something that is even more valuable. You were motivated by the show barter kings, up the ante and try to trade for something you really want or with more value. It would make a great story.
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      • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
        Originally Posted by bwh1 View Post

        DITO, I really liked the story but I have a bit a hard time to believe that there exist such a (BAD) business owner which throw away 45k just because his dad gave it to him (Not saying that you made this up, OK).

        Sell the boat on eBay and make as much as possible, then pay you the 5k you asked and enjoy the rest.

        Such stories amaze me, this seams only to work in the US where folks like your new client have valuable goods they just don't put any value on it.

        Impossible in Brasil.

        Down here they try to give you stuff they even DON'T own, imagine then with valuable goods they really have in their backyard

        G.
        Well, I think you missed a portion of the thread. He is not getting 5K worth of services, it is much more than that. Originally $5,000 was too much for him to do in cash... I understand that, cash flow is a big issue for all small businesses. The MAIN thing here is that he had something of value... which was waaay more in value than what I originally offered. Our trade was originally going to be for an older corvette. Probably could have sold for around 12k...

        I beefed up the offer, included more than what we originally would have done. So it isn't really like me getting all that for only 5K worth of services. I guess I should have conveyed that a bit better, but thought people would have read it. It was a big deal, but it truly benefits us both!

        As for what I'm going to do with it... I have no idea. I don't want to dump a bunch of money in this thing, and would rather sell it before I do something stupid lol. I don't know about trading up some more or not, I think that would be more difficult and time consuming than I'd like. To be honest, just trying to figure out what to do with it, has been a time consuming major headache already lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author ADukes81
    DAMN!!!!

    Nice job, man! I love that show! Those two can SELL!

    I actually reached out to 2 business owners on Craigslist looking to barter their services for mine. One guy got back to me in 10 minutes and we're working something out.

    Sadly, it's not a "Hypnotize" boat

    Remember the Biggie Smalls video Hypnotize? That's what it reminds me of

    Once again, nice work!
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  • Profile picture of the author PatrickLSO
    Hahahaha that is sweet. Congrats man.

    You both came out ahead, he probably didn't want the boat much, and you got a boat worth way more than your initial offer.

    Way to think outside the box.
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  • Profile picture of the author massiveray
    Brilliant haha.
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    • Profile picture of the author sandalwood
      Originally Posted by Adrian Browning View Post

      WOW. It's like they say it pays to have a hyper-active imagination. Because if you dream-up a certain lifestyle and think about having it for so long, what you imagine often becomes reality.

      Good job
      Adrian,

      It was called visualization in the 80's. People actually put pictures of what they wanted on their refrigerators so it was the first thing they saw when they went to the kitchen. I knew a fellow in San Diego who carried a visualization card in his wallet and looked at it everyday.

      He had 10 items on it. As he achieved each one, he crossed it off his list.

      Nathan may not have one of them today but his new boat may inspire him to create one.

      Congrats to IAN...

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      • Profile picture of the author payoman
        OK OK...you HAVE to admit, I think this was a little insane!

        I mean...at what point do we honestly admit that we have gone too far with the whole "buy low, sell high"? Is there a limit?

        This kind of flipped me a little upside down, but who's to say what's right or wrong I guess?

        Just seems like no matter which way you look at it, $5k worth of services for $50k reward is...yeah INSANE!!! lol!

        Pretty jealous nameless ;P
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        • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
          Originally Posted by payoman View Post

          OK OK...you HAVE to admit, I think this was a little insane!

          I mean...at what point do we honestly admit that we have gone too far with the whole "buy low, sell high"? Is there a limit?

          This kind of flipped me a little upside down, but who's to say what's right or wrong I guess?

          Just seems like no matter which way you look at it, $5k worth of services for $50k reward is...yeah INSANE!!! lol!

          Pretty jealous nameless ;P
          Yeah that is a little insane... BUT... I beefed up the deal, it's more than 5K worth of services... it would probably end up being about 30K worth of services, but the point was the initial project was only going to be 5K and he didn't want to do that. Still a great deal for me, but it's a deal he's definitely going to benefit from as well.

          He took something he didn't need anymore, in a tough economic state that would probably have a poor market for buyers and turned it into something that is going to benefit his business for years, and help him make more money instead of just sitting there and costing him money. It's not just me that got a good deal, and I truly believe that.

          This deal was great for both parties involved.
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        • Profile picture of the author John Durham
          Originally Posted by payoman View Post

          OK OK...you HAVE to admit, I think this was a little insane!

          I mean...at what point do we honestly admit that we have gone too far with the whole "buy low, sell high"? Is there a limit?

          This kind of flipped me a little upside down, but who's to say what's right or wrong I guess?

          Just seems like no matter which way you look at it, $5k worth of services for $50k reward is...yeah INSANE!!! lol!


          Pretty jealous nameless ;P

          So is 5k for a website that only takes 15 hours to make, or 10 MILLION that the government spent on creating an anti gravity pen so astronauts could write in space.... " a more reasonable idea may have been a "pencil".

          Hey if I was a pen company, I wouldnt argue.

          Not like we have a million astronauts in space needing to write. lol

          Ps. Ill bet you could flip that thing right on this thread! lol
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          • Profile picture of the author sandalwood
            @IAmNameless

            I tried doing all that before and I felt like it was pointless... material things don't really drive me. I'm driven by money of course, but I'm driven by something more than just money. Not sure what it is or how to explain it. I just think looking at a bunch of pictures and lusting over what I one day want is a little too much.

            I just explained the thought theology behind the man's statement. And, you don't one day want whatever your lusting over. You want it now but can't afford it so you make it a goal. Visualization is/was one way to achieve a goal. Nothing more nothing less.

            You probably want succes, however you define it, right? You probably don't have any pictures of success hanging on your walls but you have the pictures hanging on your brain. It can't be otherwise.

            Your successful because you see yourself as successful. Now if that ain't a picture I don't know what is. BTW, none of this is a value judgment or a right or wrong thing. It is what it is. Your boat is living proof.

            For a better definition of "is" please see the Bill Clinton impeachment papers.

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      • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
        Originally Posted by sandalwood View Post

        Adrian,

        It was called visualization in the 80's. People actually put pictures of what they wanted on their refrigerators so it was the first thing they saw when they went to the kitchen. I knew a fellow in San Diego who carried a visualization card in his wallet and looked at it everyday.

        He had 10 items on it. As he achieved each one, he crossed it off his list.

        Nathan may not have one of them today but his new boat may inspire him to create one.

        Congrats to IAN...

        Tom
        I tried doing all that before and I felt like it was pointless... material things don't really drive me. I'm driven by money of course, but I'm driven by something more than just money. Not sure what it is or how to explain it. I just think looking at a bunch of pictures and lusting over what I one day want is a little too much.


        Originally Posted by John Durham View Post

        You deserve it bro...

        ".... I will not fail as the other for in my hands I hold the charts that will guide me through perilous waters to shores which yesterday seemed only a dream, until even apples made of GOLD will seem naught but my JUST reward..." -Og

        You have made it to where Og talks about, now accept it as your "just" reward. We all know you deserve it!

        Success eventually will not SHOCK you anymore, you will know you deserve it, and you do Iamnameless, you rock man.

        That boat is gonna look good on you brother.

        Ps. Dont sell it unless you first take some success pics with some bling and hot ladies!
        Thanks lol... I think I'm going to need to sell it though. I can see this being a very nice luxury thing, but I can also see it being a huge distraction and money sucker. I'm not ready or disciplined enough for such a great toy LOL.
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        • Profile picture of the author viralmarketing
          Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post

          Thanks lol... I think I'm going to need to sell it though. I can see this being a very nice luxury thing, but I can also see it being a huge distraction and money sucker. I'm not ready or disciplined enough for such a great toy LOL.

          Trade that puppy on craigslist for a house!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author IMguy123
    Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post

    So, I had a potential client, does excavating and other construction work, just got into the business for himself. He contacted me maybe 6 months ago about a website and some very light marketing. I gave him the price and he didn't want to do it.

    He just didn't have the money, so he said... months went by, I would give him a call every now and then just to stick in his head, keep warming him up giving him a few tips along the way.

    Well.... if you guys watch A&E, you're probably a fan just like me of their awful reality shows that somehow get you addicted to how they do it. Storage wars has me wanting to get dirty and buy storage lockers.... well... barter kings is a new show, that has me getting into bartering. The show gave me an idea... instead of trading things up to other things, why not just use my services as my bargaining and bartering tool!?

    So.... I gave him a call, just to BS with him, really nice guy... I said, "Mike... So I've been watching a show, barter kings.." " I LOVE THAT SHOW MAN", he said... I told him, let's do something.. I was thinking I could get some old piece of equipment I could sell for 5-10k.... but no... He had an old corvette, that probably could have sold for about 12k...that was his first offer, and he told me he has 2 boats, and his dad just gave him a 100K boat, and has one sitting there but the value is around 50k. I told him, well, let's beef up your website, and set you up with hosting, maintenance, brand identity service, and some monthly marketing with SEO for a year, and call it even.

    Now... I'm the proud owner of......


    Now, I don't have any room for this... I have to store this at my parents house, and they don't even have room for this. I don't know whether to sell it or not, but my step dad took this out on a lake today and said it runs perfectly. Has a fridge inside, 33 ft in length, 11 feet wide..

    Point of the story... a little bragging... but mostly to show you all to ALWAYS be thinking... some things can be better than just a cash deal! 5K proposal, initially gave me $0, and turned into $50,000 or a new boat for me lol.

    Edit: Another moral of the story.... once you have someone interested, NEVER let them out of your funnel. Keep contacting until they say piss off... and then follow up again in 6 months!
    Wow!! I am amazed. and it is a good boat brand also.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    Damn you are motivating today Tom!
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelplies
    nice boat. now you can have all the chicks you want. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Gee
    Love Barter Kings. They are awesome salesmen Bah BAM!
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  • Profile picture of the author mrinternational
    Great job, thanks for the share I guess I'll consider to barter in the future maybe if the deal is sweet enough.

    Congrats!
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  • Profile picture of the author KimboJim
    Guess you really got a boatload of money on that one.

    Bad pun, but someone had to do it, and I'm surprised it took this long. Seriously though, great job. That's just amazing.
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  • Profile picture of the author econnors
    That's amazing! No other words...but amazing!
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  • Profile picture of the author liindsay
    Wow, that is crazy!!

    Nice work!
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  • Profile picture of the author abelamorales
    Celebrate and take some smoking hot cougars out to the lake for a weekend.
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  • Profile picture of the author mayankgangwal
    Hey, Nice idea man. I was just thinking of give up a client as we have made him in top 10 and he want to maintain it, but now he is not. But i will try to convence him to maintain until he said yes to me. I always like what you write.
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  • Profile picture of the author xichabodx
    Man, so many possibilities with this thing...

    sell it for ca$h

    lease it out for residual income

    make cool ass music videos and charge production companies a nice fee

    barter up for an even bigger toy/asset (you have a head start on that Red Paperclip dude)

    Awesome story and best of "luck"!
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  • Profile picture of the author bluecoyotemedia
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    that was an excellent story of some outside thinking and always keeping contact. congratulations.!!

    we have a corporate mountain retreat in beautiful costa rica where we hold some masterminds a few times a year

    you have my invitation to come visit for a few days as my guest

    pm me and I can send you pics.

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  • Profile picture of the author mjbmedia
    He knows that boat is only payment for the first 12 months right?
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    • Profile picture of the author MUNK26
      Originally Posted by mjbmedia View Post

      He knows that boat is only payment for the first 12 months right?
      I was just thinking the same thing. Now all you have to do is keep him happy for the next year and have an ongoing client for many more to come. All the way around an excellent deal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lori Kelly
    Great job! And thanks for posting your story.

    I too have entered into the world of bartering. I'm working on my next job - a day spa where I will be trading website services for massages!

    Whenever I hear the same words you did, "I can't afford it," I spent a little time with the potential client explaining how they can't afford it. And then if it is a potential customer who might have something interesting to barter, we head down that road. It's a great concept and I think a win-win for both the IM and the client.

    Great job IamNameless!

    PS - We've had boats in the past. And a pool. They were both commonly referred to as money pits. But an awful lot of fun with both. Enjoy!
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  • Profile picture of the author rockong
    Haha omg that's insane...u got a boat for website services...that..is..awesome!

    Time to see what I can barter

    Kudos bud!
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    • Profile picture of the author Brandon Tanner
      Nice job, man! But you know that every time you have to fill that sucker up, it's gonna be $400 or $500! And that doesn't even factor in the cost of maintenance, which is normally sky high for a boat like that.

      Fun hobby, but very expensive!

      Personally, I would sell that sucker in a heartbeat, and buy a new car with the proceeds.

      But yeah... great job on closing that deal... you absolutely killed it!
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  • Profile picture of the author bob ross
    Please. I got this puppy when I traded the sultan of brunei for some ad space to rope in some hookers for him.






    lol great job IAN!!!!!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author BrandonMHowe
    Sweet boat for a website deal bro!
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  • Profile picture of the author Carl Fridsjö
    Great work man, very impressive. Seems like I need to watch a episode of this Barter Kings...
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  • Profile picture of the author BrandonMHowe
    I love bartering!!

    Great thinking, nameless!

    I haven't traded for that much value yet..
    but now I see the possibilities...

    It's not enough to think outside the box,
    you gotta throw that mofo away!

    I've traded for tattoos, car work, computer
    repair, and a couple pistols... maybe ill start
    looking for higher end stuff to resell or keep.

    Pretty frickin awesome man, great job!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    I see a coastal trip in your near future. Don't forget to put your URL on that bad boy! HAHA
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  • Profile picture of the author kojakeugenio
    Thanks man. You become a new inspiration..
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  • Profile picture of the author FBN
    Thanks for the motivation.
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  • Profile picture of the author maricelu
    WOW, that's a cool story. So, in exchange of this you did a site and SEO to him? was it something extra-value or just regular internet marketing services?
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  • Profile picture of the author globalpro
    Great job Nathan.

    Does this mean we will be addressing you as Capt. IamNameless now?

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
      Nice very nice. Can picture a WSO and other promotions off this

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  • Profile picture of the author AprilLemarr
    Wow that is awesome! Great job. You are an inspiration and it also reminds us not to give up just because someone said no the first time. Bartering has definitely paid off for you! Love it.
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    • Profile picture of the author peterakie
      You are a champ. Good thinking.
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      • Profile picture of the author sadneck
        Barting is HUGE! lol. Congratulations. But I think I would have taken the corvette... (Easier to sell a car than a big boat that sits there and tempts you to take it out...)

        Wicked...!

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        • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
          Originally Posted by sadneck View Post

          Barting is HUGE! lol. Congratulations. But I think I would have taken the corvette... (Easier to sell a car than a big boat that sits there and tempts you to take it out...)

          Wicked...!

          Andrew
          If I had to do it all over again, I'd also take the corvette... and keep it. The boat stressed me out... I put off some work because of trying to figure out what to do with it, and I'm not exactly in a prime boating area. I traveled 3 hours away over a weekend to try and sell the thing and do some networking.. ended up getting a buyer, but it was well under what I wanted.

          I'd like a boat like that again some day when I actually have time and money to invest in it to make it worthwhile. Right now I simply can't.
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  • Profile picture of the author The Biz Guy
    Awesome man! keep up the good work.
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  • Profile picture of the author TorinoGray
    Holy Moly!! I am now searching your sig for a coaching link!!

    They say the two happiest days for a boat owner are the day the get it and the day they sell it... It's summertime, make it at least THREE happiest days.
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  • Profile picture of the author DennisM
    Nice job!

    So, excavation business? How many customers do you need to find to give your client value anywhere near the cost of that boat? He's going to have to dig a lot of holes to get his money back.

    Again, congrats on the barter!

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    • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
      Originally Posted by DennisM View Post

      Nice job!

      So, excavation business? How many customers do you need to find to give your client value anywhere near the cost of that boat? He's going to have to dig a lot of holes to get his money back.

      Again, congrats on the barter!

      Dennis
      That's just one part of the business, they do a lot of things though that are higher ticket so I don't think it would require that many.. They also have a remodeling part of the business, which I just gave them a lead on and it resulted into a $18,000 deal. I also have a big network of clients, and for the excavating side of the business, I'm going to hook him up with another client that does a lot of pipe stuff. Just those two things are going to equal out the value. I think so at least. LOL.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    I got to give you "best thread title of the year" award.

    What happened afterwards was even better.

    -Red
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  • Profile picture of the author Hugh
    "......it's just a big game. Money is the way you keep score." Cash McCall (a very old movie)

    Hugh
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    "Never make someone a priority in your life who makes you an option in theirs." Anon.
    "Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon." -- Winston Churchill

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  • Profile picture of the author NiceGuyMedia
    Nice score! Another great inspirational post!
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    • Profile picture of the author HolidayWW
      So exactly how are you going to report the $50k boat as payment to the IRS? There is no hiding now that you posted your story on the internet. I hope you have a great accountant.
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  • Profile picture of the author JCoffey
    Now that, is what you call a hell of a deal.

    Good job man! This is giving me some ideas for some older clients that don't really have the cash to blow, but got a few nice toys.
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  • Profile picture of the author farkry
    Dude, this is an awesome story, respect !
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  • Profile picture of the author jordan33
    that's amazing!
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  • Profile picture of the author itzpaul
    Wow! Brilliant, Idea! Got a boat for IM work. RIDICULOUS! Funny cus I just watched Barter Kings today!

    Congrats!
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