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    1981? Woman's blue/white cruiser

    Bike is exquisite, haven't found the right person yet.



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    Women's style, discount store 3 speed, depending on your market, it would be a very difficult sale except at a very low price.

    Now if you are in one of those red hot markets, it would sell, for a lot more than you are asking (I don't think KC is one of those).

    I would level out those bars.

    This is one reason I do not mess with department store bikes in my area. Its just as much work to rehab, takes just as much $$ in parts and consumables, and takes much more work to sell (SLOW). At some point, I would donate it. Even LBS branded MTBs are a really tough sell, but they will move at a cheap price.
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    Pretty happy cause this is my first sturmey-archer. This is an old picture(pre-rehab), I'll post a post-rehab one here soon. License plate from Maquoketa, Iowa says 1980 number 340.

    How much is it worth?
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    In your market, apparently its not worth $60, at least so far. With the additional pictures, yes, its obviously a Sturmey Archer. May have to wait for the pre back to college rush. I see that every year here, late July/early to mid August, as college students in the area look to grab a bike to take with them to school. You just need one coed to go for your bike. It really should bring $125 to $150.

    You are facing the challenge the stigma of Western Auto name and ladies style 3 speed, in an average market. Eventually it will sell.

    I would pull it off the market for a while (if you have the room), and put it up for sale in a month for $125. But that's in my market, which I would consider average, maybe slightly above average.
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    It is a Raleigh made bike though, which may be worth mentioning.
    Assuming everything is working then $50-$60 is perfectly fair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    In your market, apparently its not worth $60, at least so far. With the additional pictures, yes, its obviously a Sturmey Archer. May have to wait for the pre back to college rush. I see that every year here, late July/early to mid August, as college students in the area look to grab a bike to take with them to school. You just need one coed to go for your bike. It really should bring $125 to $150.

    You are facing the challenge the stigma of Western Auto name and ladies style 3 speed, in an average market. Eventually it will sell.

    I would pull it off the market for a while (if you have the room), and put it up for sale in a month for $125. But that's in my market, which I would consider average, maybe slightly above average.
    I didn't know people viewed Western Auto in a bad light. That's interesting.

    I might ship it off to somewhere. How's the market in Chicago? Between Chicago and Denver, who do you think has the hotter market?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Wrench View Post
    I didn't know people viewed Western Auto in a bad light. That's interesting.
    Being from KS I certainly have fond memories of Western Auto.....Isn't there still a big illuminated Western Auto sign in Down town KC? You have that going in your favour...

    I say Chicago on that bike but I could be wrong....When I think Chicago I thing cruising, while Denver I think mountains and rougher terrain....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Wrench View Post
    I didn't know people viewed Western Auto in a bad light. That's interesting.

    I might ship it off to somewhere. How's the market in Chicago? Between Chicago and Denver, who do you think has the hotter market?
    Western Auto = department store bike. Just that simple. Bought to ride and enjoy, it does not matter. Bought to resell, it is a large impediment and a value capper. I sold a JC Penney 3 speed once. Why bother? Well, the bike was perfect: chrome, paint, saddle, everything, and I picked it up cheap, really cheap (it did need tires). It took forever to sell with a price that kept slipping lower. Lesson learned.

    Each market is different. I have had to adjust my picking to better match what my market wants/puts a value to.

    You have a nice ad, and a well prepared bike, at a low price. Since you have gotten zero bites, your market has spoken (no interest). So its either adjust my marketing (see suggestion below), try a different market, change timing (close to back to school time), or donate.

    If your bike was built by Raleigh, I would stress that in the ad and the title as well, something like: "Raleigh built in England Vintage 3 speed" Notice, no mention of Western Auto in the title? Then in the text, I would lead with Raleigh built this bike for Western Auto back in xxxx. And that is the last time I would mention Western Auto. Note, this assumes your bike was built by Raleigh, and built in England. I do not know either of those as facts, but with a little research, you should be able to know for sure.

    Sometimes mentioning the actual builder helps marketing, sometimes it hurts. Consider selling a mid 1980s Schwinn World Sport. I've sold several. I have never mentioned Giant built, to me, that would be a negative. Ditto imported steel Treks.
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    I had almost the same bike, once . I got it at a good price & it was in almost excellent condition. I live near a college town with s good bike market. I put a nice basket on the front, which was all that it needed to sell it pretty quickly, at the start of school season. It went for $125, & I felt it was a good buy.

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    Don't write that one off as poor quality just yet. I had a 1950s western flyer three speed that was actually made by Norman of England. It was a very high quality 3 speed under the western auto brand. Definitely worth investigating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
    Don't write that one off as poor quality just yet. I had a 1950s western flyer three speed that was actually made by Norman of England. It was a very high quality 3 speed under the western auto brand. Definitely worth investigating.
    Sorry if I confused anyone. I was not meaning the bike was low quality. Unfortunately, department store bikes from that era get zero respect from buyers around here. Its kind of like the old Mongooses. They were good bikes, Unfortunately, they killed their brand name by hooking up with Walmart. So buyers assume they are junk.

    So while this bike has definite signs of being a nice one, the brand name is toxic. IMHO, you will be better off to stress the name of the actual maker in your ad: Raleigh, Norman and made in England. I would mention Western Auto only briefly in the text of the ad itself.

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    I think I'll probably keep it. 1. It's an antique, and I don't think anybody would appreciate it as much as I do.

    I sold this Panasonic once, a regular old panasonic-1000 with one of those shimano uniglide hubs. I converted it to a single speed and I had the fit so perfect I could ride down the road and it was like I was wedged between the seat and pedals, with such perfect balance, the gods had willed it so. Sadly though, I sold it for $100, but anyway that's neither here nor there.
    First God made the fixie, then he made the freewheel because he was tired of pedaling.

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