CLEMMONS, N.C., April 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new kind of website, one designed to provide the consumer with information about boats, power sports products, and (coming soon) recreational vehicles went live 3 weeks ago, the first such resource for the industry.
Company spokesman Dave Taylor said, "Seedealercost.com is not a selling site, but instead provides product information, including prices, features and specifications. Site users are able to configure products and save configurations in their account, or print them out. In addition, a wide range of supportive information is available, including financing, insurance, relevant articles, and pre-owned value information. For participating companies, Seedealercost.com is a lead generation and/or advertising site."
When seedealercost.com went live March 16, it had already generated strong interest among supporters and detractors alike. In the 3 weeks since going live, interest in the site continues, already ranked at 67,344 in the United States by Alexa.
Seedealercost.com has attracted traffic from 92 countries, with more than 27,000 unique visitors and 300,000 page views. Among these, total product configurations in excess of 19,000 were generated.
According to Taylor, new boat, power sports and recreational vehicle sales are down significantly over the past 4 years. See Dealer Cost believes the way the marine, power sports and RV industries do business must change because consumer expectations regarding information gathering and shopping are not being met. A number of site users agree, as their comments confirm:
"Awesome site. You guys are pioneers and I certainly appreciate the hard work. Hope you prevail. Keep up the awesome work."
"I read about your newly launched website ... Great and interesting concept!"
"I'm in the boat business and while I'm not directly impacted by what you are doing one way or the other; I do believe that information is the lubricant of a free market."
"You guys must be doing something right."
"Thank you for opening this site. I just started looking for buying a boat and commented to my wife 'Hey, there's no edmunds.com for boats at least for price'. Then you launched yesterday".
The information is free to visitors of seedealercost.com.