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Bikes for sale without pics?!?!?(8 posts)

Bikes for sale without pics?!?!?t-bill
Apr 19, 2002 9:21 AM
Is it just me, or does it seeem wierd that so many people try to sell bikes on this site without attached photos? Seeing a cool bike is such a visceral experience for me that just seeing a good pic would make me want to buy the bike whether I needed it or not. Not to mention... would anyone buy a used bike without at least seeing a photo? I think that also negates the usefulness of attaching a link to the manufacturer's web-site pic. Any thoughts?
re: Bikes for sale without pics?!?!?xxl
Apr 19, 2002 9:30 AM
I agree; pix are needed. Of the article for sale, not what the article for sale used to look like back in the day.

One person's "slight ding" may be another's "trashed frame." Pix really are worth a thousand words.

Now if I could just get this stupid digital camera to upload....
i would buy a bike w/out a pickSteveO
Apr 19, 2002 9:36 AM
if i were buying a bike through the mail, i would already know EXACTLY what i wanted, therefore wouldnt need a picture.

Some people want a picture as evidence of condition, but it's really useless for that purpose. I have pictures of my bike which dont reflect it's current condition. IMO, youd just be better off ordering COD.

some people simply dont have digital cameras and such.
many things to consider:elviento
Apr 19, 2002 10:08 AM
People have different levels of:

1. familiarity with bikes, models, sizes,
2. comfort of dealing with strangers remotely, perception of risk, etc.
3. willingness to take much hassle to sell a bike at the highest possible price,
4. literacy with digital cameras and availability of optical equipment,

therefore people may attach a photo or they may not, and they are certainly entitled to choose either way. Personally I have found that it's easier to get a steal if the ad has no picture, although there is a bit more risk involved.
agreed. no pic = lower selling price (nm)laffeaux
Apr 19, 2002 11:20 AM
I did it.Steve98501
Apr 19, 2002 11:42 AM
I bought a used frame off the classifieds here last summer. The seller didn't include a photo in the ad, so I asked a lot of questions in the email exchanges I had with him. He said it had a few dings in the paint and described them in reasonable detail. And he said if I wasn't satisfied with the frame, I could send it back and he'd refund my check.

The frame arrived; it had the dings he described. I got a couple little bottles of model paint from a hobby shop and touched up the frame before building it up. It's now my everyday road bike, and I'm really happy. I got a 3 or 4 year old frame that sold for $900 new for $325. Some of the parts on the bike are used, some new. For less than $1,000 I've got a nice bike that would have cost about $1,700, maybe more.

I bought all the used stuff from the classifieds here and had not one problem. I sent personal checks, telling sellers to send the item when my check cleared. Most sent the stuff right away, sometimes arriving before they could have received my check. I bought the new parts on sale or discounted over the internet, again with no problems.

This was a project bike to test the hypothesis that I could get a good bike at a low price. I'm satisfied and would do it again. Everyone thinks I bought a new bike and is surprised to learn that it's an assortment of used and new pieces.
Good for you!Slipstream
Apr 19, 2002 2:39 PM
I am always amazed why more people don't do this. You can get a great ride and save a ton of money. I believe most people are honest and if you ask the right questions you can consistently get a good deal.
Posting and Sending are 2 Different Thingsdjg
Apr 19, 2002 12:34 PM
When I sold a bike here I was unable to post a digital pic I'd shot at medium resolution--evidentally, medium res. for my nikon was too high for the board. I did, however, send pics when asked.

Frankly, I think that very, very few of the ads feature pics that are clear enough to tell you very much (although, I guess you can see that there actually is a bike somewhere--if not necessarily in possession of the advertiser--and maybe that it's not trashed).