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How much were you seeking it for? Where are you located?
Curious why you bought it and now why you want to sell it?
I see so many free tubs on craigslist around here it's amazing to me anyone pays for a used tub. I'm further amazed anyone buys new (like I just did). Freebies are everywhere...
I'd be surprised if you could get much more than (or even) $3,500 for it, but you could throw it on there for $4,995 and see if someone will bite. Reason is, there are a lot of other 'new' hot tubs on craigslist around here that claim to be over-stocked or previous year models, also brand new from a dealer or wholesaler, so why would they buy yours ...it's riskier because if there's a problem, they are on their own. I think it also comes down to hot tub buying psychology. You have one group of buyers who want a hot tub but don't have all the cash to buy one, so they finance (that counts yours out). Then, you have a group who DO have money and really don't need to finance, and can buy whatever they want, so why would they buy yours, unless it represented a really good deal, too good to pass up. In both cases, neither group generally wants to deal with managing moving the hot tub and the installation (New dealers make that part easy). Then, there is the whole issue of potential problems and risk, which is a big unknown on your hot tub. Even you don't know it's condition because you've never used it. New hot tub owners frequently have problems that the dealer irons out right away. It's entirely possible there is a crack in the shell from being moved around and you don't even know it, or the $500 control board is no good. At least with a $500 or $2,000 hot tub, a buyer can usually see it 'run'. One would expect there aren't problems with your new one, but who knows? So that unknown is going to factor heavily into a person's decision and what they think that hassle is worth to them.You're looking for the customer who has a good bunch of cash at hand (not that many these days), is prepared to manage moving the H/T and the install and isn't afraid of handling any potential problems that might present themselves, even the worst problem, like a pesky leak somewhere. That's a small slice of buyers. Someone like a contractor or hands-on skilled person who have owned hot tubs before would probably be a good candidate. Problem is, for this group of people, there are already a lot of hot tubs to choose from anywhere from $2,000 all the way down to free that you are competing with. I guess if I were in your shoes, I'd start high and work your price down as you get towards spring or get tired of phone calls and showing it to people. You never know, there probably is that special person out there willing to take a chance on your tub. When I looked for our used hot tub, the sellers I got to know told me they had a lot of tire-kickers and people who didn't have any money calling them. I had hot tub sellers calling me back offering me the hot tub for less because they eventually just wanted it gone. Maybe you can put your HT in storage until you have the ability to use it again ...or let a close relative install it so you can go over and enjoy it. I see your dilema though