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Best Bike Classified Website?(3 posts)

Best Bike Classified Website?dave11
Oct 24, 2003 11:54 AM
I have my bike for sale posted here but have had no activity at all. It seems like a lot of the traffic here is from the west coast, and I am midwest so maybe that makes a difference(?).

Does anyone know of other good classified add sites for selling a high-end road bike so I can diversify my advertising a bit? What has your luck been with selling a bike? I am real skeptical of E-bay after seeing all the posts on scams.

Thanks in advance...
ebay itmattvargus
Oct 24, 2003 12:04 PM
ebay definately has some sketchy deals, but i think it's still an awesome venue. just avoid any misunderstandings by being up front and honest about the bike you are selling. take plenty of pics, especially of any flaws. give the serial #. and accept paypal. the really sketchy sellers usually accept only money orders, only sell to pre-approved buyers, and most of the time they just steal pics of the bike from the makers' website. as for sketchy buyers, just don't sell to anyone out of the country, or anyone who offers to send a money order for way more than the selling price asking you to refund the difference. as long as you avoid those things, i think ebay will work out just fine for you. i've sold bikes there before without any problems, and i think i made out much better than if i had tried to sell them locally, or in an online classified. (no offense to the rbr classifieds). there are some a$$h0les on ebay, but if you're careful you'll be fine.
-matt
Ebays the best for sell if you have good feedbackbimini
Oct 24, 2003 1:35 PM
I've sold hundreds of items and maintain a 100% positive feedback. I've never been burned. Had a few deals fall out or non-payments but that's not a big deal, ebay will refund the fees if the deal falls apart and I have always sold it for more the 2nd time around.

For big items only take paypal, western union or postal money orders or bidpay. State in your add if they want to pay another way you will need to hold onto the item until the check or MO clears the bank (about 10-15 days).

Ebay is a great sellers environment, you don't ship the item till you have cash in hand.

Feedback is important! If you don't have 30-40 feedbacks with raving reviews and some recent feedback, some good prospective buyers will pass on your auction. If you have a friend or know someone who does ebay, have them sell it for you and give them a percentage.

Ebay is the only place I know of where you can show your item to literally millions of people and hundreds of people who specifically are looking for the item you have for sell. You will get top dollar off of ebay, especially if it is a desirable bike.

It's great to watch the bidding wars during the last 5 minutes of an auction when 2 or more buyer jus GOT TO HAVE IT. It's better than gambling.

Good Pictures are a must. Put in 4-6 good pictures with details showing quality and condition. Represent the item acurately. Like the thread abaout the ASSO shorts below. If it's got a sh@t stripe, show a picture of the sh@t stripe ;)