American Boat Listing
Contact: Robert Kramer
31 W. Main Street, Suite #306
Patchogue, NY 11772
Telephone: (800) 875-2628
In November I began placing my ads on the Internet to sell my boat. I used all the major players (iboats, boattrader, etc). Then I get a call from this company. I knew right away they troll Craigslist because the information they had was inaccurate (my wife posted the Craigslist ad). Anyways, they had, 14 buyers with cash in hand looking for my exact model of boat yeah right I said, but I went ahead and proceeded to purchase the service mainly because their ad would be online and not expire (unlike the above service including Craigslist). Walking the wording of my ad was an effort in futility as it became very apparent this caller had no clue what a boat was things like remote spotlight, lower unit, dual props were all misunderstood and require lengthy explanation. I paid the fee (around $300 if I recall) and receive a URL where my boat was supposed to be. It took three calls to finally see my boat on their site but Searches for my boat using exact words in my description never showed ablboats.com. Their search integration is horrible. But I used their site as a landing platform for things like craigslist so potential buyers could see more pictures, etc
Time went on and my boat never sold. I adjusted the price numerous times on the many sites I already had, but was unable to make the changes on ablboats. They had no method to edit the ads and despite several calls and emails they never once adjusted my boat listing. I eventually had to stop using their site to avoid the look of suspicion as I might have edited a description and price on boattrader and then ablboats.com had something different (since I could never keep the ad updated).
But worst of all and the basis of this complaint and my FCC filing, these guys spam and call worst than a bill collector. Even after paying for their service, Id have numerous calls during the week from these guys to list my boat (basically everytime I reposted my craigslist ad go figure) Dont you think theyd atleast recognize their existing customers? Guess not I still get calls even today even though I have pulled all my ads and my boat is now sold THANKS CRAIGSLIST!
Email Their emails come in two times per day for all sorts of let us advertise, have you seen, etc The emails have no unsubscribe link and I even took the step of asking them to, completely remove my entire ad and remove me for all systems to include email, email listings, and other subscription type systems three times I have asked. I have sent numerous email replies and submitted requests via their online site.
Here are the facts as I see them:
Their site has no direct contact information at all.
Their ads never show up in searches.
Of the six boats shows I went too in the Washington DC area (including the, Annapolis show) in 2011 I never once saw an ablboats representative
They prey on craiglist ads.
They completely lied to me about their customers ready to buy.
In seven months, I never had a single call from a customer or call for the business.
I cant get the spam and calls to stop.