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how does this bike go for over 200 bucks?!(11 posts)

how does this bike go for over 200 bucks?!rrjc5488
Jan 7, 2004 12:22 PM no name brand components, its shimano "gears". but everything else is generic, you could probably go to toys R us and get one for 150 bucks new.
Nobody said everyone that bids is smartgtscottie
Jan 7, 2004 3:27 PM
If you notice the bidding started at $15.00 that is probably what the bike is worth. But it seems there is a sucker born every day.
Did you notice their anti-sniping policy? Interesting....TFerguson
Jan 7, 2004 4:01 PM
If there is a bid in the last 10 minutes, the auction is automatically extended another 10 minutes. This continues until there are no bids in the last 10 minutes.

As to the price of this particular bike, it is a police auction. Maybe they didn't find the illicit materials hid inside??

Something's gotta be hidden in there...The Walrus
Jan 7, 2004 5:43 PM
...the claimed shipping weight is
i 70 lbs
...even a POS like that couldn't be anywhere near that heavy. Must be using cinder blocks for packing material.
In fairness...jtolleson
Jan 7, 2004 7:28 PM
the post actually said "*Please note: This item is "oversize" according to the UPS rate structure. Oversize items are charged at the 70 pound rate class, unless actual weight is greater. Some assembly required."

It is a function of dimensions, not true weight.
Jan 7, 2004 9:20 PM
Hell, looks like they don't know how to pack a bike! I'll bet they just wheel it into a box, pedals, wheels and all. For that, you'll pay maybe $80-90 and probably receive it damaged.
Oversize 2 by UPS standards is...russw19
Jan 7, 2004 11:22 PM
If your package's length and girth exceeds 108 inches, then it is considered oversized 2 by UPS and is billed at a 70 pound package.

That measurement is the length of the package on it's longest edge, plus the total distance around the package on it's shorter edge.

A common size of a bike box is about 11x30x45, which puts that box at UPS OS2 standards and just barely under OS3 standards which would bill that box out at 90 pounds.

It has nothing to do with these guys not knowing how to package a bicycle and more to do with them knowing what UPS really charges for a bike. Even 16 inch wheeled BMX bikes come in a box big enough that they are billed at UPS OS2 rates. This is also the same reason that it should cost as much to ship a road bike or a downhill bike (assuming they both fit in the same size box) to the same location. It doesn't matter what it weighs, unless it's more than the billable weight. So for any bike in a common box and under 70 pounds, it really doesn't matter what's in the box... it costs the same to ship. Be it a Giant TCR Carbon or an Intense Uzzi.

It's also good stuff to know when you deal with people on ebay so you don't get ripped off on shipping charges.

70# is 118 ", 108" is a 30# rate. (nm)TFerguson
Jan 9, 2004 7:31 PM
Mea culpa...mea maxima culpaThe Walrus
Jan 8, 2004 12:10 PM
It's a good thing I'm a lot more observant when I'm actually interested in bidding on something. ...also a good thing that I'm rarely tempted to bid anyway, since my fourth jobless anniversary is coming up this month.
Anti-sniping policy ???superdog
Jan 7, 2004 8:34 PM
I haven't used eBay for a while so can someone explain how you can set up this anti-sniping policy for an auction?

I know this isn't the right forum to discuss but I'm too lazy to go to eBay and read through all the documentation.

A very brief explanation would suffice.
it's not an ebay auction. nmArnold Zefal
Jan 7, 2004 9:09 PM