General Cycling Discussion - Is it easier to sell a bike whole, or in parts?
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10-06-08, 09:42 AM
I've been trying to sell my road bike for 2 weeks now -- gone through two eBay auctions and no bites on craigslist.
I'm wondering if it's easier to part out the bike and sell it that way? Anyone have any experience with this?
The bike is a 2006 Guerciotti Hero frame (TIG welded AL, 59 cm), full campy veloce group, roughly 3000 miles in fantastic condition. It's a great bike, I'm selling it because I'd like a touring or cyclocross bike, this bike isn't very practical for commuting.
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10-06-08, 09:53 AM
My general experience has been positive in both circumstances.
Bikes with entry to mid level components are easier to sell as complete bikes because the compnents are almost owrthless when sold seperatly.
bike with high end compnents can more profitable if parted out...sometimes.
I have feeling part of the problem woth your bike is price. somethingl ike that needs to priced at least 50% or more below MSRP.
10-06-08, 09:54 AM
BTW...this thread is seriously bordering on 'Spam'
10-06-08, 10:26 AM
Easier? As a whole bike.
More profitable? It depends.
If it hasn't sold on Ebay you are either starting the bidding out too high, charging too much for shipping or the pictures aren't good enough.
Also a well written ad will be worth the time.
What is your feedback like?
10-06-08, 10:34 AM
That bike should sell pretty easily, unless like LD said you have way too high of an initial bid or reserve.
10-06-08, 10:51 AM
The market is really good at decided the price. If you start your bid out very low, the user base will let you know what they think it is worth. If there is a price you have set that you wouldn't let it go for less than, just add a reserve. That way you know the value to the community at large but don't have to sell if it doesn't meet your expectations.
However, if you can get a good feel for what its value is, doing a Buy It Now can herald a more profitable price. People seem to be willing to pay more for instant gratification. You really need to do your homework and price it right though.
It IS easier to ship a bike in parts, lots of small packages instead of one big one that has more of a chance to get damaged.
10-06-08, 11:14 AM
Be happy with getting half of what you paid for it and it should sell pretty easily. Anything over half is a bonus.
10-06-08, 12:27 PM
I don't know about others, but I avoid any auction that has a reserve unless it has been met already. I'd rather see a minimum bid than a reserve.
That said, I agree that maybe you are asking too much if it hasn't sold in two auctions.
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