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Old 10-05-13, 05:50 AM   #1
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Vintage Bicycle Selling Site - An eBay Alternative That I Think You'll Really Like

Hi folks- First off, I understand there are strict forum rules on simply advertising a Web site. This is a continuation of a topic that has come up several times here as well as the CR Group, so I wanted to just post this as well as the launch announcement in the next few days, then I'll let word of mouth carry the momentum from there. Thank you.


A little while back I mentioned that I'm working on a Web site that caters exclusively to buying and selling vintage bicycles.

I'm putting the finishing touches on something that I know I'd use (in fact, I will use it) on a regular basis to sell and buy vintage and KOF bicycles, parts, accessories, and clothing.

Good news! We've been working on this very hard for the past month and it is on the verge of launching.

I expect to announce the launch in the next week.

This site has a very reasonable and simple system in place for sellers, and buyers can browse freely to their heart's content.

Watch this Group for the launch notification, and please feel free to email me directly if you'd like me to add you to the email blast I send when we launch the site.

I think you're really going to like this, and I can't wait to share it with you.


Thanks!

Tom

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Old 10-05-13, 11:00 AM   #2
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I'll be watching for it and I hope it's all you promise it to be.
I recall there was a time when Bradley of American Cyclery in SF had a magazine (remember those?, they made 'em out of paper!) that was a combo of articles, paid advertising and a lot of classified ads for individuals with bikes, frames and parts for sale.
Then it migrated to an all-digital format and then it...died.
I reckon that Craigslist (which was HQ'd in the same neighborhood back then) killed his enterprise off...right around the infamous Y2K, as I recall, but I can't even remember the magazine's name. Cycle Trader?

Anyhow, another thought in case you haven't had this already: since you will be "facilitating sales" it would be a real boon to have a good how-to instructional on packing a bike and/or frame for shipping. I know there already are a few and maybe you can pick one of the best and just re-post it. Other tips (such as best carriers for cost and who to avoid) might also be good...and need to be updated as conditions change.

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Old 10-05-13, 11:45 AM   #3
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I'll be watching for it and I hope it's all you promise it to be.
I recall there was a time when Bradley of American Cyclery in SF had a magazine (remember those?, they made 'em out of paper!) that was a combo of articles, paid advertising and a lot of classified ads for individuals with bikes, frames and parts for sale.
Then it migrated to an all-digital format and then it...died.
I reckon that Craigslist (which was HQ'd in the same neighborhood back then) killed his enterprise off...right around the infamous Y2K, as I recall, but I can't even remember the magazine's name. Cycle Trader?
I used to get a printed trader magazine for bakery equipment. The name didn't work well as an URL. BakersExchange I think it was called.
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Yeah, that was the problem with http://www.parts-express.com/ before they added the hyphen. Could never access it from work (at an audio company)
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Looking forward to checking it out!
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I'm getting a lot of positive feedback and have received several dozen emails so far from people who want to be notified when I launch it in a few days. It's not too late to be added to the email list, so send me an email if you'd like to be notified.

I don't want to use this forum to advertise another site, so will be relying heavily on word-of-mouth advertising. The more people that know about the site and use it, the more eyes will be on the posted ads and the more buyers will be purchasing bikes.

I can tell you that, unlike eBay, but like CraigsList, my site stays out of the whole buyer/seller transaction. We provide a place to list your bicycle (for a VERY modest fee that's basically only there to deter spam and discourage riff-raff), and host photos. Where CraigsList provides one "bucket" for "Bikes," we have several categories - broken down by type of bicycle, but insist all listings fall into the vintage - 1890 - 1990 category. KOF (Keeper of the Flame) modern bicycles with classic builds are fine, too. There are categories for Road - Vintage Lightweights, Touring, Track, Balloon Tire, etc. The fact that you can go there and look at a list of all the vintage lightweights without having to weed through thousands of bikes of all types like on CraigsList, is this site's big benefit.

More to come in a day or two. Putting the finishing touches on it now. Email me if you'd like to be put on the mailing list for the email blast. Your email address will be kept private and no spam will be sent.

Thank you for all of your support!

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