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Why won't someone buy my used bike?(12 posts)

Why won't someone buy my used bike?Jacob Archie
Jul 30, 2001 8:19 PM
I have a 2000 model Kona Kapu I purchased a year ago. It is spec'd out like a dream. Easton Scandium frame with compact geometry, straight blade carbon fiber fork, complete Ultegra 9 speed group and Mavic Classics Elite wheelset. It weighs less than 20 pounds. I realized after about 500 miles of riding it that it was a bit too small for me. It's a 52cm frame and I need a 55. I've listed it almost every day for a week or two in the daily market here and I've listed it twice on ebay. I've had some interested people, but no one wants to meet my asking price. When it was new it had a 2400 dollar retail price. Is 1200 too much to ask for this bike? I think it's a great deal for the quality and its condition. Please, if you read this and know about the value of bikes give me some feedback here, let me know if its me that's crazy or if everyone else is. Email me if you're interested in buying it. Thanks.
re: Why won't someone buy my used bike?fuzzybunnies
Jul 30, 2001 9:07 PM
1200 is a great price but you're running into several problems. The first is that there ae lots of bikes available on the web especially on ebay. Just type in trek and see how many entries come up. The other is size, the way kone does thier measuring the bike comes out probably a little closer to a trek 50-51cm bike which isn't as common a size as something 53-58cm probably the easiest sizes to sell. Another is that the price is high enough that people don't want to send that much money to an unknown person. Though 2400 does seem like you paid a bit much for the bike considering for roughly 150.00 more you could have gotten a similarly equiped litespeed. Basically just keep listing and posting but you liable to have more luck selling it through a local swap sheet or through a shop(not to a shop) if possible. TTFN
re: Why won't someone buy my used bike?Hank
Jul 30, 2001 10:09 PM
cause it's a Kona -- they have no cache with the road crowd. Also, you can get a brand new Ultegra equipped Fugi from Colorado cyclist for not much more than you're asking. I'd consider selling the frameset only (maybe you could get $300 or so) and swapping the parts over to a new (or used) frameset that fits you better. Good luck.
re: Why won't someone buy my used bike?Car Magnet
Jul 31, 2001 12:46 AM
Hank, you should get paid for your advice.
thanks! nmHank
Jul 31, 2001 7:48 AM
use "Ultegra" in the list heading, and drop it to $1k (nm)Rusty McNasty
Jul 31, 2001 4:31 AM
re: Why won't someone buy my used bike?mackgoo
Jul 31, 2001 6:49 AM
Just keep posting, it takes a while.
A EBay tip...notes_clp
Jul 31, 2001 8:22 AM
Find a bike like the one you are trying to sale on ebay, same price range, same size etc etc.. Then look at the bid history, a lot of people register with their email address as their "screen name". Grab the email address and send them an email with info on your bike.

Good luck, just remember people are not buying due to the economy so it may take some time.
re: Why won't someone buy my used bike?CAdreamin
Jul 31, 2001 1:18 PM
Is it still available? I'm usually a 53cm., but it sounds good, do you have any photos?
answer to CAdreaminJacob
Jul 31, 2001 4:04 PM
I've still got it and I still want to sell it. My email is Get in touch with me if I can't get in touch with you. Peace.
Peace my a#*jtolleson
Jul 31, 2001 6:41 PM
I guess that answers the question about advertising. We should've known when he listed the eBay item # in the text of his post. Take it to the classifieds, salesboy.
Peace my a#*Jacob
Jul 31, 2001 7:14 PM
Did I offend someone here? Your point is not very clear, although your sarcasm/animocity is. I'm not aware I've done anything unethical. The vulgar reference to my use of the word "peace" troubles me. I'm not sure or how I have wronged you.