I was looking through eBay just to see what was listed and found this guy:
Are these things bringing anywhere near this sort of money? Look at some of his other ads, they're just as crazy. If this stuff is worth this kind of money, then I should be able to retire once I empty out my garage and attic here.
That mixte isn't even clean, it looks more than bit rough to me. I've got two of them in 10 times that condition out in the garage that I'd off for half what he's asking, and you could ride either of mine home.
I just don't see anyone ever spending $80 for a common freewheel? Or $30 for a Wald chain ring?
I did a bit of eBay selling a while back, and it's expensive to sell on eBay, and and eBay store costs money, do they actually ever sell anything? Or sell enough to pay the cost of putting it there? I've tried selling new old bike stuff before and rarely got pennies on the dollar and not near the original price on anything.
I could see if an old bike was mint or super clean and ready to use, and not all weathered, greasy, or worn out. I'd have no problem paying real money for a mint old road bike, regardless what it was, but top dollar for a ratty looking mixte?
(With shipping that bike would be $600!)