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Last-ditch effort(3 posts)

Last-ditch effortmikesee
Oct 17, 2003 8:22 AM
Most of you have probably seen my two ads in the classifieds. I'm trying to sell two really solid cx bikes so that I can have one unbelievably sweet bike built.

Airborne: http://marketplace.consumerreview.com/cgi-bin/classifieds/classifieds.pl?db=Road&website=RoadbikeReview&language=&session_key=3f7dae2d10ff5a97&search_and_display_db_button=on&db_id=37694&results_format=long&query=retrieval&exact_match=on

Cannondale: http://marketplace.consumerreview.com/cgi-bin/classifieds/classifieds.pl?db=Road&website=RoadbikeReview&language=&session_key=3f7dae2d10ff5a97&search_and_display_db_button=on&results_format=long&db_id=37695&query=retrieval

I priced them both just above wholesale cost, and have had many offers for trades and many requests for pics, but I haven't sold them yet.

Sooooo, last week I dropped the prices $100 on both bikes, (the Cannondale is now below wholesale cost) and got a bit more interest, but still didn't sell them. Today I'm offering to include shipping--that's worth about $60.

Please have a look. If you're interested drop a line. If not, would someone please give me some indication as to why the bikes aren't selling? Component spec? Color? Size?

Thanks for looking.

MC
Both are excellent rigsAJS
Oct 18, 2003 4:21 PM
I don't think there's anything "wrong" with either one, but it may just be that the economy isn't so good right now. I see this a lot around my area - many stores are hurting because people aren't buying much. Prices have continued to drop quite a bit, and it seems like everyone is always having a "clearance" sale.

I had the same problem back in Dec. last year when I had to sell my 2000 Litespeed Tuscany. It had a full Record 10 group, Shamal tubulars, all top-of-the-line parts everywhere, and had maybe 700 miles on it. I started the bidding on eBay at $2100., but it didn't sell for weeks. I ended up only getting $1650. out of it, including shipping. Everything was perfect on that bike, so it was worth more than that. I was at the same time heart-broken from having to sell it, and very pissed because of the crappy price.

Hang in there, and don't drop your prices any lower if you can help it. Someone will see that they are good deals.
too late in the yearjhr
Oct 20, 2003 5:27 AM
Most people have already done what they are going to do in the way of cross bikes by this time of year. We are mid season.

The best time of year to sell cross bikes is late summer.

Also you should be thinking 50-65% of retail (even lower now that cross season is in full swing).

jhr