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chances of selling(4 posts)

chances of sellingcurious
May 10, 2001 8:38 PM
curious as to what the chances are of actually selling a bike on this site. posted an ad this morning and it's already halfway down the page. pretty steep competition! who out there has actually sold a bike here? anyone know of other sites to place bike classifieds on as well?
just sold mineishmael
May 10, 2001 8:58 PM
for about half the price i bought it for and it was in damn good condition, almost perfect...there is clubvelo.com but this is the largest..i think its definately a buyers market, you should except about half the price you paid...but maybe you could get alot more, i dont know...expect to wait awhile, i just sold mine after about 4 months and it ended up being an old friend and i gave him an even better deal..from now on im coming to the classifieds to buy not sell
re: chances of sellingDrD
May 11, 2001 4:48 AM
I sold a carbon fork and then a frame+fork a little while back using this board - it can take a little time - I think I listed it once every few weeks for a couple of months - with the fork, I got no responses for a week, then my mailbox was full of them. With the frameset, it took a while, then all of a sudden I had a couple of takers. I also listed both things on the rec.bicycles.marketplace newsgroup.

I think as long as the price is reasonable, and what you are selling is in good condition, it will go eventually. Pricewise, I think reasonable is in the $0.50 to $0.60 on the dollar range, unless it's practically brand new (even then, by buying used the new owner is going to be buying something without a warranty, so the price should reflect that)
use eBay.Haiku d'état
May 11, 2001 7:07 AM
you're right, the updates to the rbr marketplace are pretty brutal. i posted some stuff out there last year (shoes, etc.), and had to repost those daily for several weeks before i even got any e-mails. they eventually sold, but i think i resorted to putting 'em on ebay.

i've sold alot of stuff on ebay that i had in the parts bin, bought and didn't use, or what not. it's regulated, for the most part, and the charges/fees aren't bad. you can typically sell anything of value (being the key thought--of value) in five to seven days, and either break even (for it's current devaluated state, considering a bike of a couple years' age) or come out smellin' like a rose.

good luck.