Bret... since it seems you still don't believe me, here's a hint... a certain dealer on the West Coast went BK and Malibu took back 100+ boats worth of inventory (it was a very big dealer, you see) and redistributed those boats to a few, select dealers in various parts of the country. As a dealer, I'm sure you heard about it, even if you weren't one of the chosen ones.
Bottom line is that those dealers were able to move those boats at great pricing... as Nate said above, it was a small window of opportunity, but it was there, and this wasn't for obscure models either... I'm talking '07 and '08 VTX, VLX and LSV that were good colors, well equipped and still wrapped in plastic. The best part... since the boats were "leftovers" the dealers who had them were free to sell to customers in other "jurisdictions."
I didn't mean to imply that VTX's go for $42k all day, every day. But since this thread is about hard-to-move, leftover units, I think the quotes I received are a great comp. That Sunscape 20 LSV is what we pricing professionals call "brown bananas." No way that boat should sell for $47k. Not when it's an obscure, leftover model with 26 hours on it, NO TOWER, and NO BALLAST. If Malibu can sell an '08 VTX for $42k six months ago, they can do better on the Sunscape... a lot better. That is the point I was trying to make.
Now... For some reason you feel the need to call into question my boat buying decision.... I don't see how my choice of an MB is relevant to Sunscape or VTX pricing. But you asked for it, so here goes...
I know it's hard for you to believe... you'll have to put down that cup of Malibu Kool-Aid you are clutching... but I bought the MB despite
the smoking VTX quotes. That's right, I thought I wanted a Malibu my whole life until I demo'd them both back to back. The VTX is a sweet boat, but the MB won hands down (at least in this owner's mind). Before learning about and driving MB's new Team Wide Body... I was 99% sold on the idea of buying a VTX. The MB was just better and I couldn't deny it no matter how badly I thought I wanted tribal graphics and an illusion tower
If you want the blow by blow, go read this thread. I detailed the whole process including pics, write-ups, etc. It's a long thread, but a good read if you want to follow a logical, methodical purchase process. http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/664773.html
Finally, your disbelief that anybody would walk away from a $42k VTX tells me a lot about your bias. Are you so arrogant to believe that the only reason people don't buy Malibu is because of money?