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    What brands rank highest on the flipper scale in your locale?

    In selling a few bikes now and then, I've noticed that some brands move more quickly than others. - It has nothing to do with quality - just local preferences.

    I've also noticed that some sought-after brands in other markets can be slow sellers here (unless listed at a comparatively low price).

    Here are what I perceive to be the hottest brands in the Detroit Metro area:

    Schwinn
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    Peugeot
    Fuji

    - So what brands rank highest on the flipper scale in your locale?
    - Auchen

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    I guess I hadn't noticed any trends here, I price all my rehab bikes to sell and they do. Typically within a day of being done.
    My name is Steve and I don't have a bent fork anymore :)

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    FORDSVT -
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    No one here seems to know what a Centurion is. No one is shopping these except the scoopers looking for a deal.
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    Schwinn and Trek.

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    I'd love to find a truckload of Schwinn World Sports. They are of a quality and price point that simply works well for flipping.
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    anything with the word campagnolo on it

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    Fuji bikes tend to move well for me.
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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    I live south of Detroit and southeast of Ann Arbor. I'm able sell bikes to both locations. My observations would be similiar to Auchen's observations.

    Aside from those already mentioned, I flipped four Bianchis for nice margins (2 road/2 mountain). Miyata and Nishikis seem to have some respect, but not as much as Fujis. Peugeots are clearly the French favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
    FORDSVT -
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    No one here seems to know what a Centurion is. No one is shopping these except the scoopers looking for a deal.
    Good thing about flipping is you get to know some good bikes. Centurion, Bridgestone and Trek always attract attention. Still, it's price that sells on CL...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikemanbob View Post
    I live south of Detroit and southeast of Ann Arbor. I'm able sell bikes to both locations. My observations would be similiar to Auchen's observations.

    Aside from those already mentioned, I flipped four Bianchis for nice margins (2 road/2 mountain). Miyata and Nishikis seem to have some respect, but not as much as Fujis. Peugeots are clearly the French favorite.
    I find that even for the Nishiki-Miyata's you have to find the right buyer - sometimes you'll wait a while, because the average person shops Schwinn first.
    (Personally I think it may have to do with the perception of Made in America - it is strong here. )
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    I see Japanese Bianchis with low-mid components seemingly moving (quickly) for a pretty penny around here. That's the first thing to come to mind, at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r0ckh0und View Post
    I'd love to find a truckload of Schwinn World Sports. They are of a quality and price point that simply works well for flipping.
    +1 . These have moved very quickly for me in the past.
    - Auchen

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikemowbz View Post
    I see Japanese Bianchis with low-mid components seemingly moving (quickly) for a pretty penny around here. That's the first thing to come to mind, at least.
    why flip bikes when you can flip parts http://www.ebay.com/itm/190646071097...84.m1562.l2649

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    Quote Originally Posted by muzpuf View Post
    why flip bikes when you can flip parts http://www.ebay.com/itm/190646071097...84.m1562.l2649
    Because assembly feels more rewarding than disassembly?

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    Our area listing isnt huge but most of what I see for road bikes are fat-tired 50's and 60's 26" tire bikes, and mountain bikes.

    If anything shows up as a road bike/10sp it's good old Schwinn.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikemowbz View Post
    Because assembly feels more rewarding than disassembly?
    unless your the guy who needs the parts

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    Quote Originally Posted by r0ckh0und View Post
    I'd love to find a truckload of Schwinn World Sports. They are of a quality and price point that simply works well for flipping.
    I heard that. If I can buy them right and give them a good scrub/tuneup/bar wrap they are super easy to move

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    Specialized, Cannondale followed by Trek. Bianchi and Nishiki do pretty well too.
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    Trek and Cannondale are the top two here. Followed closely by Peugeot and Bianchi. Schwinns get respect as well, but not like the Treks and Cannondales. Older Cannondales look very modern, buyers looking for newish bikes like Cannondales, even if they are from the 1980s. Japanese brands do not get much respect. Fujis are an exception.

    I've sold quite a few crom WS. They do well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roccobike View Post
    Specialized, Cannondale followed by Trek. Bianchi and Nishiki do pretty well too.
    There's some sophisticated tastes there in NC.

    (I bought my Cannondale off Craigslist, (for less than the price of its pedals), because the seller couldn't move it at the flea market. )

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    Toronto:

    Bianchi. Doesn't matter if it's super low end, if it says Bianchi it'll sell in a couple hours at over $300
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    Bianchi, Bridgestone, Miyata, Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, anything sounding italian, surly holds its value exceptionally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by not_me View Post
    Toronto:

    Bianchi. Doesn't matter if it's super low end, if it says Bianchi it'll sell in a couple hours at over $300
    I sold this Mid-level made in Italy (Canadian spec) CdI for $260 American, and it languished for a while. I thought I did well. It was a clean machine.

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    The thing is, when someone can buy a new bike from Performance for around $300, it's tough to sell a decent bike with DT shifters for anywhere near that.

    My flipping days are behind me, except for the occasional high end bike that is a diamond in the rough. Last bikes I sold were a Colnago and a Waterford. Doubling your money on a $600 bike with modern components beats scrubbing rust off a Schwinn/Raleigh for a $100 'profit'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muzpuf View Post
    why flip bikes when you can flip parts http://www.ebay.com/itm/190646071097...84.m1562.l2649
    The guy that bought my 1976 Gitane TdF on E-bay parted it out, if I ever meet him in person I might just part him out
    My name is Steve and I don't have a bent fork anymore :)

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