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Ebay Cycling Stats(12 posts)

Ebay Cycling Statsabicirider
Mar 12, 2003 3:54 AM
There was a article in the last issue of Bicycle Retailer, that dealt with the surgence of the cycling market on Ebay just thougght I would post some of the highlights of the article.
The article is titled "Retailers unload their old merchandise on the net"
It states that everyday E-Bay users buy a combined 330 bicycles and post 23,000 cycling accessories for sale on E-Bay, They estimate (E-Bay) that close to 50 million in sales last year for cycling equipment.
Scott Whipps Ebay's cycling category manager says the cycling category has grown more than 75 percent during the past year. And shows no signs of slowing down. Whipps continues on to state that retailers make more money on ebay posting nos (new old stock) than trying to sell it in their shops.
Also of note E-Bay will be hosting a forecoming Bikes Belong auction in conjuction with the Sea Otter Classic April 9-13 at Laguna Seca Raceway,
Whipps finishes by stating E-bay is pretty good at closing down stolen merchandise auctions but has no control what so ever over grey market items.
anyways that is about it as far as the article.

Be safe out on the roads

Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
re: Ebay Cycling Statszooog
Mar 12, 2003 5:17 AM
Interesting article. No suprise. Ebay has changed the way retailers/sellers/buyers can purchase/sell items. Even a company like Dell is selling their stuff on Ebay. I do have one question...What is meant buy "gray market" items. Somewhere I missed the boat on this term. Thanks for the article.
Gray Mkt.lampshade
Mar 12, 2003 5:26 AM
I think the term "gray market" refers to a retailer selling a line of bikes that they are not "officially licensed" to sell by the manufacturer. Like when you go to your LBS and they have an "Authorized Giant Dealer" sticker on the door. I know some manufacturers viod their warantees if you buy their product on the gray market. I often hear the term in referance to some of the more competitive priced UK sellers of high end bikes.
It could also be...Dave Hickey
Mar 12, 2003 5:29 AM
Items that aren't for sale in the US. Met helmets can't be sold in North America but I've seen them for sale on Ebay.
re: Ebay Cycling StatsMel Erickson
Mar 12, 2003 6:51 AM
Could also mean selling items that manufacturers don't allow authorized retailers to sell on the net or mailorder like Cannondale bicycles (warranty usually voided on these items also).
re: Ebay Cycling StatsLive Steam
Mar 12, 2003 5:49 AM
This is how the small Mom & Pop shop becomes a Global retailer. Kind of cool. Think of the posibilities!
Question for you, Live Steamchipnseal
Mar 12, 2003 5:57 AM
Interesting screen name...Any relationship to the movie classic, "Sand Pebbles"?
Question for you, Live SteamLive Steam
Mar 12, 2003 6:09 AM
I know the movie. Steve McQueen on a Navy vessel somewhere in a port in China during a revolution or something. I haven't seen it in years, though I do remember some of the story. My screen name comes from my love of high iron and railroads. What is the association to the Sand Pebbles? I would like to know.
Question for you, Live Steamchipnseal
Mar 12, 2003 7:06 AM
This movie is one of my favorites, probably because of the authenticity of the "old Navy" as my 85 year old father would say. Dad served on a similiar ship (USS Mizar) during WWII and was part of what was called "the black gang" a Navy term for the crew in the engine room of the old, oil- fired, boiler steam powered ships of the time.

"Live steam" is the name given to steam under pressure and thereby dangerous to those working with it. Steam not under pressure was called "dead steam".

There is a scene in the movie where Steve McQueen is given the task of training a Chinese "coolie" on the mechanics of the engine room, especially the boiler. "Live steam here...dead steam down here...got it?"...Great scene, by the way......Ok, back to work :-)

Rent the movie, check out the Sand Pebbles website(yea-no kidding!).....
The book is even better than the movie (nm)Mariowannabe
Mar 12, 2003 6:52 AM
I guess that's why eBay is advertising in Bicycling magazinetarwheel
Mar 12, 2003 7:16 AM
EBay had a big ad in the latest issue of Bicycling, if I recall correctly
another gray market questionzooog
Mar 12, 2003 9:38 AM
Thanks for the gray market explanation. How would you know if a bike s being sold as a gray market item. For example: If I was buying a frame in the USA or UK or anywhere how do I know they are an authorized dealer of his product. If I am not walking into the store I cannot see that they are an authorized dealer..just wanted to know. Thanks.