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Down UnderCar Selling Hassle

On 20 October 2004 from Sydney, NSW , trackback

On Friday I had three people look at my car, but two of those only seemed to be browsing around. Another guy decided not to buy it, after I drove all the way to Bondi Beach to show it (not going to do that again). I did use the opportunity to put up some flyers in hostels in Bondi Beach as well.

Saturday I went into the city centre to make some more photos of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. I also went up in one of the pylons of the Harbour Bridge for some good views of Sydney harbour, the Opera House and the skyline.

On Sunday I walked to Darling Harbour, where the Australian International Motor Show was taking place. I did not intend on going to the motor show, but when I saw a 4WD demonstration track outside I was sold. I got my ticket and went straight back outside to test drive (unfortunately a professional had to drive) the 4WD track in a Jeep Grand Cherokee. I really love that car, even on the steep hill it just would not roll back or forward (downhill assist or something). Unfortunately it is still a bit outside my price range, just like pretty much all the other cars at the motor show. Nevertheless, it was still fun to look at them and I made lots of photos of flash cars.

Later in the afternoon I got myself a souvenir polo shirt at Paddy’s Markets, before checking out the Powerhouse Museum. The exhibits there turned out to take more time than the two hours I had planned, and I was therefore pretty much kicked out at closing time.

On Monday there were two more people who checked out my car, and two Swedish guys were very interested, but they decided to fly to Darwin and buy a car there, very annoying.

Tuesday I went around all the hostels in the city centre and Kings Cross again, putting up new flyers, with a slightly lower price. When I had finished that, I visited the Sydney Aquarium. Especially the tunnels under the water where the sharks swim where really cool, and I made lots of photos (also deleted lots straight away, because the flash reflected off the glass, but that is the beauty of digital cameras).

Today I went on a bit of a souvenir shopping spree, making sure I have enough reminders of Australia when I get back home. A big map of Australia and a boomerang were still missing in my collection, but I also got the Lonely Planet from Hong Kong and Macau as well as the police report of my lost sunglasses. I also got a red marker, and went around to the hostels in the city centre and Kings Cross, lowering the price of my car a bit more (A$3500 now) and make it stand out at the same time. I hope these marketing courses I did are paying off this way.



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