What would yall suggest as a reasonably priced boat option for this duck season? A lot of the water I used to hunt is gone now so I'm looking to expand my reach a bit. As a college kid, my budget is a little lower than some of the setups I've seen. I don't really mind taking an old jon boat and trying to brush it up; I just figured yall may have some great ideas too though.
That is about as cheap as you are going to be able to go, a used jon boat off of craigslist. What they are asking and what you should pay are two totally different things. I will pass on some of my knowledge. Humans are greedy and you can use their greed to your advantage. The seller is not your friend. He won't treat you like a friend and never should you assume he is going to. So never treat him like a friend. Be honest, be polite but don't get suckered into "He is doing me right".
Now find what you want and take pictures of it. Post them here. Let us price it for you if you don't know how to just yet. get informed about what you are buying and get informed about what you are selling. Have that confidence before you wade off into a haggling deal.
Now when you find a deal, take the amount of cash you would spend on the boat, that pre-established amount. Split that pile of cash into 4 pockets. Start with offering 25% of the asking price and land where you feel comfortable. If you do this haggling a lot, you will get really good at it and you will be shocked at how little people will really take.
Now when you go to haggling, have half your money in $20 dollar bills and the other half in $100. When you make that initial offer, use $100s and spread them out where the pile looks huge. Do not give it to them, just show it to them. You have to learn to read a deal here. If the seller looks at the money, continues to talk and doesn't take his eyes off the money, you got him. If he doesn't fold then pocket the money and act as if you are going to walk off. Find a reason to stay then present the pile again. If that doesn't get him then drag out that big arse stack of $20s. Make that stack look even bigger with the $20s. That usually smacks about 90% of the sellers out there.
I make a large percentage of my yearly income flipping stuff. Last year I bought a jeep for $1500 and sold it 15 minutes later for $3000. If a fella made $150,000 a year, that would be 1% of income in 15 minutes. It doesn't take many of those and you're rolling in it. My mother was an antique dealer as I grew up. I learned from the best wheeler dealer on the planet. You talk about poker face, she was the best. She would walk away on a dime. Don't be afraid to walk away if you are not getting the greatest deal out there. Even though the seller owns the property, it is the money that is driving the deal. You own the money.