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    That could be possible in smaller locally ran ones. But the bigger national ones most likely (Goodwill, Saint Vincent, Dessert, Salvation Army) have professional pricers. The store I worked at didn't have any volunteers. The prices are pretty much set.

    Bike for example be something like this.

    Kids Bikes: $10, Adult Bike $20.00, Better Bike $40.00.

    From there the prices would be reduced or increased based on condition accessories, and information about the product that the pricer knows. You don't get research time. you got 5 seconds. At best, a minute to consult with other pricers. Also if another pricer notices your pricing is too low, they can dispute it and then the manager would get the final say.

    So a new looking Huffy with a basket, bell, and a rack would cost say $30.00 ($20 base +$10 (for accessories)) could get a higher price than say a 60's Raleigh Sports with rusty rims, a flat, and a beat up saddle say $10.00 ($20.00 base -$10 (for condition)). Of course that would depend on the fact that the pricer wouldn't know that Raleigh is a better brand than Huffy, and that they are unaware that their exists a collectors market for the Raleigh vs. Huffy. It's not like they make these prices up out of thin air, there is a system. So a guy couldn't just go in and say that Fuji track bike that came in is only $5.00 bucks then buy it. If it looked too nice to fit into the pricing system, it went to the card file people, from there the manager might research it, or all the pricers discuss it, or perhaps even call in multiple card file guys to auction between them in a day or two.

    When I did this, it was before the internet took off. (Early 90's) and to some extent on line auctions have replaced the pricers in some product categories. Set a low minimum bid and let the market price it. But big items take up a lot of precious floor room and back room space. Here they are less picky about price and more concerned about moving it out. But in the early 90's - with no ebay or craigslist I couldn't have made much money reselling. I was at work during retail hours, and no easy or cheap way to advertise. But I'm sure that they've developed policies to try to prevent such things.

    They also have policies to keep employees from getting too much of an advantage over the public. At our store we weren't allowed to purchase on company time (could only purchase during our lunch). Plus we had no discounts, items not on the floor had to be confirmed with the manager, thus pricing fraud is curbed. Our only real advantage we had over anyone else was first pick, and just being there every day.

    Plus we had great pay (more than double typical retail at the time) and benefits. I don't think any of us were willing to loose our job over a couple extra bucks here and there. Why loose your job over an extra $100.00 reselling some old bike, when you never know if a first edition of "Leaves of Grass" might stumble through, then I'd perhaps chance my job.

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    good thread

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    I'm about to "flip" my first bike. . only because I ended up with two bikes instead of one. The problem is the bike I thought I was going to keep, and now considering selling, I already started "upgrading". I'll be happy to break even at this point. Fortunately, though, I found the saddle alone (which I'm selling individually and replacing with one closer to what came with the bike originally) can fetch around 1/4th what I paid initially, so it's looking good.
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    Time for another discussion on finding good bikes to flip?
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    Quote Originally Posted by robtown View Post
    Time for another discussion on finding good bikes to flip?
    I agree!! Seems like all the stores I use to go, (Goodwill, Salvation Army, other Second-hand/Thrift stores), have gotten wise, or at least they think so. Trashy rides are beginning to stack up as they continue to raise prices. Don't leave any meat on the bone and no one will pick it up . . . and CL is just as bad. I would buy bikes for as much as $50 - $60, put another $50 in 'em, (along with multiple hours labor), and sell 'em for $200 - $250, like brand new. Yesterday I see this old Schwinn for sale, $300.00!!, and needs a tune up AND new tires!!! I think people see what flippers are selling bikes for, so they think they can get that out of theirs, not realizing what's been done to the flippers ride. Anybody got any suggestions??????

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    Quote Originally Posted by javaride View Post
    I agree!! Seems like all the stores I use to go, (Goodwill, Salvation Army, other Second-hand/Thrift stores), have gotten wise, or at least they think so. Trashy rides are beginning to stack up as they continue to raise prices. Don't leave any meat on the bone and no one will pick it up . . . and CL is just as bad. I would buy bikes for as much as $50 - $60, put another $50 in 'em, (along with multiple hours labor), and sell 'em for $200 - $250, like brand new. Yesterday I see this old Schwinn for sale, $300.00!!, and needs a tune up AND new tires!!! I think people see what flippers are selling bikes for, so they think they can get that out of theirs, not realizing what's been done to the flippers ride. Anybody got any suggestions??????
    Sure, when your old method stops working, time to try different methods. You really need to get creative finding bikes. What worked for me four years ago, stopped working three years ago. What worked three years ago, stopped working two years ago, and so on. If I just stuck with the method I was using back then, I would not find anything.

    Thrift stores in particular around here have become a waste of time. When I see a good bike, it is usually priced well above what I can sell the bike for, fully refurbished. And you know what? They sell them. Some doofus will go in there, and ass-u-me that it "must be a good deal!" and snag it.

    I was at a Salvation Army recently, and they had a vintage bike priced at 2X fully rehabbed would bring. So I talked to the manager. He told me, he looked it up on ebay. So I asked him, "Completed auctions or what some dreamers are hoping to get?" He looked dumbfounded, had never heard of searching for completed auctions. Stopped in a week later, and guess what, someone bought it. Manager had one of those "I told you so" grins. (I still buy quite a bit of stuff at thrift stores, just not bikes....)

    Anymore, the thrift stores here are full of flea marketeers. These buyers stand in line 30 minutes before the stores open, and rush around the store like its a game show. They will pick ANYTHING they think they can make a fast buck on: clothing, household, furniture, musical instruments, whatever. They do ZERO work on their items, they just mark them up up $25 or $50 in the case of bikes, and take them to the flea market. I bought ten bikes from one of these flea marketeers lately. You could see he did not know anything about bikes. He had two good ones, and the rest were crap.

    Throughout this entire period one method has always worked: word of mouth/networking.
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    You may need to pick the pickers. Just because they got there first doesn't mean they know what to do with it. I have a local guy that saw me collecting bikes and began to pick them. We have a pretty good relationship now, vintage comes to me and I educate him on newer bikes. He Ebays sporting goods/collectables and lives at the local fleamarkets. He sold me 100 hardballs for a local travelling team, little leage, for $15.

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    I've put putting out flyers door to door (or newspaper box). I'm getting about 2% hits but half of the bikes turn out to be the lowest end junk you can imagine.
    The community yard sale did not turn out the bonanza it has in previous years. I got a trashed Royce Union that still had a couple parts worth the $20 I paid. I also got a Giant Sedona and a nice K2 hybrid (with trashed fork) cheap. I picked up a Specialized Crossroads sans rear wheel for free. I'm thinking of mounting my Bionx kit on that for resale as a complete electric-assist bike.
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    What do you say when the bike is way too big or small for you?
    Up untill the last bike, no one seemed to notice or care, but they were all fairly close to my size.

    The last bike i bought was too big for me. The owner looked at me a little funny and commented on the size.
    I truthfully told him, "my wife is taller then me", I just didn't say she was "that" tall.

    I've passed on a few bike's because the ad clearly stated the size of the rider it was for.
    My wife is usually with me, so i can't use the "It's for my wife" very often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikes and Jeeps View Post
    What do you say when the bike is way too big or small for you?
    I don't say much unless pushed for an answer. I buy and sell bikes is usually the response. Not sure why it would be an issue. The seller wants cash. I hand it to him.

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    Not sure if there's a better place to post this, but I am looking to hire someone to look through NYC craigslist for GREAT deals on bikes (in the $125-$1000 range) and email me the links. If you already look through the listings and just don't have the cash, or for whatever reason don't buy the bikes, it would be perfect. I can pay $20 per bike that I wind up buying. Please message me if you want more details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pavement_nyc View Post
    Not sure if there's a better place to post this, but I am looking to hire someone to look through NYC craigslist for GREAT deals on bikes (in the $125-$1000 range) and email me the links. If you already look through the listings and just don't have the cash, or for whatever reason don't buy the bikes, it would be perfect. I can pay $20 per bike that I wind up buying. Please message me if you want more details.
    Well good luck with this I'm in Denver a great size city one of the best bike cities in the world and the CL are just narly you have look through 20+ adds to find anything decent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
    Well good luck with this I'm in Denver a great size city one of the best bike cities in the world and the CL are just narly you have look through 20+ adds to find anything decent.
    Well that's $20 to look through 20 ads then! I'm currently buying about 5-7 bikes a week and busting my tail! I'm just looking to outsource some of my work, the pay is negotiable, I'm confident I can pay enough to keep you happy, especially if you are someone who looks through the bike listings anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pavement_nyc View Post
    Well that's $20 to look through 20 ads then! I'm currently buying about 5-7 bikes a week and busting my tail! I'm just looking to outsource some of my work, the pay is negotiable, I'm confident I can pay enough to keep you happy, especially if you are someone who looks through the bike listings anyway.
    I don't know, based on "What you Buy" is kind of an unknown, totally relying on what YOU do sort of income. $2 for every ligit link sent to you may be more attractive to someone. Personally, and I only live in central Illinois, I check cl every day, even 5 other cities within an hour, and I can't even think of an amount you could afford that I would find agreeable. "Here's twenty bucks to find a needle in a haystack", aaaaaaa, thanks , but, no thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavement_nyc View Post
    Well that's $20 to look through 20 ads then! I'm currently buying about 5-7 bikes a week and busting my tail! I'm just looking to outsource some of my work, the pay is negotiable, I'm confident I can pay enough to keep you happy, especially if you are someone who looks through the bike listings anyway.
    Guy from Brooklyn doing it for free.... http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...9#post14312169

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    Quote Originally Posted by javaride View Post
    I don't know, based on "What you Buy" is kind of an unknown, totally relying on what YOU do sort of income. $2 for every ligit link sent to you may be more attractive to someone. Personally, and I only live in central Illinois, I check cl every day, even 5 other cities within an hour, and I can't even think of an amount you could afford that I would find agreeable. "Here's twenty bucks to find a needle in a haystack", aaaaaaa, thanks , but, no thanks.
    +10. I have few neighbors that know of my bike habit/addiction and asked if I ran across what they were looking for to let them know, there would be a fee involved. I found what they wanted and they didn't give a rats hiney about what I found. Maybe I need different neighbors.

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    I've picked up the hobby of buying older road bikes, stripped them down, repainting them with a hvlp spray ***, and then selling them. So far so good. It's a lot of fun and really rewarding. Here's my flickr page

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    DT Shifters are mounted too low and the brake releases are not set-up properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
    DT Shifters are mounted too low and the brake releases are not set-up properly.
    Thanks for the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.Sherer View Post
    I've picked up the hobby of buying older road bikes, stripped them down, repainting them with a hvlp spray ***, and then selling them. So far so good. It's a lot of fun and really rewarding. Here's my current bike for sale.

    http://richmondin.craigslist.org/bik/3094138394.html
    Very nice job. Is it just a hobby - it would seem the cost in materials and time would consume any profit? As the other poster pointed out the DT shifters are too low. They should go just above the triangular bump on the tube. I think the bump is there to help secure the clamp from moving downward. I'd also shorten the brake cable housings slightly, although I usually cut them long myself.
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    I started flipping contemporary road bikes to finance my own cycling hobby few years back. I've only been doing it in frequently, but when the right bike comes along....

    Right now, I'm up about ~1200 plus my current bike. Haven't flipped a bike in 4 months though...

    Here are my past bikes:
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=#post14462817

    I imagine if you live in the right place, you could probably do this sort of thing for living.

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    Wow. So I just started reading this thread from the beginning, 6 hours in, 3 pages left to go!

    Relatively new to the bike scene (hobby) I am looking for an older touring bike (60-61cm frame). When I have my own apartment next year, I could see getting into bike flipping. I really like the 70-80 roadies (mid-range).

    This thread has been quite interesting to read, seeing others' experiences and perspectives on things. Lots of great info here. Keep it up. Thank for all the help.

    My university has what they call "reStore" where they re-sell school supplies, clothing, etc, left behind by students in the dorms from the previous year. I wouldn't have thought to ask about bikes though(when that time comes).
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    I have one bike with V-brakes which needs new pads. Anyone have a suggestion on inexpensive but decent ones which are threaded and still have the set of washers for easy angle adjustments?

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    These are listed for $4.50 at Ebikestop. check your LBS they may have something similar
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