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    DRF aka Thrifty Bill wrk101's Avatar
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    +1 On Pictures. Pretty ridiculous to demand a valuation NOW as people are clambering to buy, but then not having the courtesy to post a pic (or two or three). Also I would recommend posters use a hosting site like Flickr (which is free) so that the pictures can show some detail.

    It also would be good for responders to provide "full market prices" rather than super deals. While I could respond to many postings with a comment like: "I bought one just like it at a thrift store last year for $10", that is not what the bike is worth (at least in my opinion). I consider the value to be full market price, what someone should be able to sell the bike for locally, assuming they do a good job of marketing the bike (good pictures, good ad, that kind of thing). So my $10 find might be worth $5, or it might be worth $300.
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    That's another thing - no valuations with "time limits" imposed by the original poster. Those should be immidiately locked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    I propose that we add a picture requirement for all threads here. Too many clueless idiots have been popping up, asking for valuations based on absolutely vague descriptions and no photos. Such threads serve only to clutter the forum and waste the time of whoever responds to it trying to help.

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    Along these lines I would like to at least strongly encourage posters to included text and if possible, pics from craigslist ads instead of just the link to the ad. The ad will be gone soon enough and the thread becomes a lot less useful to future readers if the object of discussion is a mystery.

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    How about re-titling this forum "Bicycle Appraisals and Inquiries," dropping the "C&V?" Seeing that quite a few people don't seem to appriciate the fact that this forum exists for C&V valuations, why not just let them run hog wild in the first place?

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    Is there something we can do to make the Appraisal section stand out more? Larger text with more bold print?

    I am getting tired of reporting the wayward posts so the moderators can move them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
    I am getting tired of reporting the wayward posts so the moderators can move them.
    You, and everyone else. The subforum already stands out on top of the forum as if it were a bright orange traffic cone. If misplaced valuations were fodder for the Fail Blog, we could supply them with a new entry every hour.

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    Also, since there's a lot of newbs who post these some emphasis should be put on photographing the drive side and specifying the equipment on the bike. For example, a Free Spirit can be anything from a rebadged Huffy to a Puch with Campy grupos.

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    And if you don't know how to post a picture, go to google, type in the search box: posting pictures site:bikeforums.net

    You will find numerous threads covering the mechanics of posting pictures very well.

    Using a host site of your choice: photobucket, flickr, or wherever, allows you to post full size pics.

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ictures-How-to!

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    Is there a difference when it come to asking for help to ID a bicycle make , model year? I'm not interested in knowing what it is work more like how good is it or where it falls in the lineup. Do these type of posts also go here in the C&V "what's it worth" forum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulzinho View Post
    Is there a difference when it come to asking for help to ID a bicycle make , model year? I'm not interested in knowing what it is work more like how good is it or where it falls in the lineup. Do these type of posts also go here in the C&V "what's it worth" forum?
    nobody answered this, but if there is no question of pricing then the thread should go into C&V. It does seem like after people get some answers in an "identify my bike" thread then the OP asks for value. The thing to do then is to start a thread in here.

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    For those newbies looking to find out if their barn, basement, garage sale, or attic bike find is the equivalent of a winning megamillions lotto ticket or if you should be the next American Picker TV show host, don't be disappointed if the experts tell you it's not so special (particularly those vintage Peugeots that look so much like the $800 model but aren't . The collectible, rare bikes, are the premium models that were sold in very limited numbers to begin with.

    But in any case, PLEASE don't forget to say thank you!
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    I realize this whole "what's it worth?" forum is just for fun, but let me add to the discussion.

    The answer to the question "what is something worth?" is the "fair market value." Fair market value is defined as the price at which something would likely change hands between a willing seller and a willing buyer, when neither is under any compulsion to enter into the transaction. Yes, it's an estimate, sometimes a wild guess. The estimate of value should assume that both parties are aware of all relevant facts, including, but not limited to, the location, the condition of the item, trends in the market, completed sales prices of comparable items, possible rises in market value in the future, etc., etc. Why is that so difficult? An appraiser is not required to have any personal interest in buying or selling the item to make that call. Real estate appraisers, insurance adjusters, and tax assessors do it all the time.

    It would also be nice if the pictures hung around longer so others could view the thread in it entirety and possibly learn something from it. All the words in the world leaves one clueless when the pictures of the slightly rough Raleigh worth $150 are no longer there.

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