Friday, March 18, 2011

New Boating Website, New Lawsuit

New boating website launched yesterday, lawsuits immediately follow?

We captured this screen shot of SeeDealerCost today to show how it displays cost info.

New boating websites pop up virtually every week, and we try to let you know about the ones that look like they'll make some waves. But when a lawsuit is brought up against a boating website within 24 hours after the site launches, it definitely gets our attention.

SeeDealerCost went live yesterday, but had drawn controversy even before its launch because it shows boat buyers how much boat dealers pay for vessels. Most boat dealers and manufacturers do not like such transparency for obvious reasons. 

Now an article in claims that the owner of the Larson, Seaswirl, FinCraft and Triumph boating brands has stated in a letter to his employees that he already "initiated a stop this illegal behavior". (Editors note: For the record, we cannot confirm or deny this claim.)

What do YOU think?
As a boater, do you think it would be valuable to have access to such information?

Most boat dealers provide a service in helping you get into a boat that meets your needs. Clearly they should be paid for such a service; but do you, as a boat buyer, need to know how much they get paid? Should you try to determine the mark-up and have input into what a dealer deserves to cover his or her commission and overhead?

Please comment on, and we'd love to hear from both boat buyers and boat dealers on this contentious topic.

By the way, we were going to link to the new controversial website, but we don't want to tick anybody off - if you want to check it out, you can google it.