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Buying a Bike On-line(2 posts)

Buying a Bike On-lineRalph Napolitano
Jun 14, 2001 8:10 AM
Does anyone out there have any experience buying a bike thru
this website, where the shipping is from Canada to the US. We can't find a carrier to ship the bike C.O.D. Does anyone have an idea how to complete this transaction so both parties' investment can be protected??
re: Buying a Bike On-lineWadeOmatic
Jun 14, 2001 9:12 AM
We got around that by sending it to a friend in NY. Then he drove down to get it. I've bought and sold over the net. I've never used COD. I've always used-send a check/send item/item approved/deposit check. Buyer bears return shipping costs if item is rejected. This has always worked for me. I got to great lengths describing and digitizing the item. I'm sure this system has been fouled up by some folks. When in doubt, I'd try to get a bike shop to handle the transaction or don't do it at all.

I did buy a cracked frame this way, but it was my fault for not really looking at it when I got it. It was over a year later before I started to build it. It's been welded and powdercoated and looks great now.