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Old 07-24-10, 05:15 PM   #1
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Reality Sets in - EBay shock!!

OK, I decided to keep my Lemond BA, have it refitted, a new wheel, new stem, etc., - put about $300+ into it.

The one I originally paid about $1,600 for all told.

So, I go on EBAY - and what do I see?

My EXACT bike for sale for $299 (starting bid) or $499 - buy it now. The bike I have put thousands of miles on this summer.

Since it only has 1.5 days left on the bidding, and there have been no bids, the $299 looks like a possible price.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Lemond-Buenos-Ai...item3f01b82a6b

If I lived in Louisville, KY, I believe I would buy it simply for the spare parts, wheel set, etc. Can't get those red-rimmed Mavic wheels any more.

Oh well, I still love my Lemond BA

Anyone else get a "reality check" lately??

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Old 07-24-10, 05:26 PM   #2
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I'm thinking about selling off a few bikes to clear out some garage space but I doubt I'd get much for them (compared to the original cost). If anyone is interested in a Ti road bike or a steel mtb ht both Indy Fab, let me know.
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Old 07-24-10, 05:33 PM   #3
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If the parts are important, and the seller will ship, consider buying it anyway, Dnver.
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I'm thinking about selling off a few bikes to clear out some garage space but I doubt I'd get much for them (compared to the original cost). If anyone is interested in a Ti road bike or a steel mtb ht both Indy Fab, let me know.
Can you tell me more about the Ti bike, in a pm if you prefer?
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Old 07-24-10, 06:36 PM   #5
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What, you haven't put the pieces together yet?

I live in Louisville.

I own a BA.

I know for a fact it hates me.

Heaven knows I've threatened to do this for a long time.

QED.
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What, you haven't put the pieces together yet?

I live in Louisville.

I own a BA.

I know for a fact it hates me.

Heaven knows I've threatened to do this for a long time.

QED.

I was thinking of you when I read the first post!
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Old 07-24-10, 06:47 PM   #7
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What, you haven't put the pieces together yet?

I live in Louisville.

I own a BA.

I know for a fact it hates me.

Heaven knows I've threatened to do this for a long time.

QED.
Will you ship?
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Old 07-24-10, 07:42 PM   #8
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OK, I decided to keep my Lemond BA, have it refitted, a new wheel, new stem, etc., - put about $300+ into it.

The one I originally paid about $1,600 for all told.

So, I go on EBAY - and what do I see?

My EXACT bike for sale for $299 (starting bid) or $499 - buy it now. The bike I have put thousands of miles on this summer.

Since it only has 1.5 days left on the bidding, and there have been no bids, the $299 looks like a possible price.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Lemond-Buenos-Ai...item3f01b82a6b

If I lived in Louisville, KY, I believe I would buy it simply for the spare parts, wheel set, etc. Can't get those red-rimmed Mavic wheels any more.

Oh well, I still love my Lemond BA

Anyone else get a "reality check" lately??
Yep. A woman calls me off my Criagslist ad, wherein I am seeking a decent commute/road bike, budget $500.
She is offering a GIANT OCR1 - in the wrong frame size, for more money. I'm a large-extra large (6'1")and she has a medium frame.
But she wants to make me a "great" price.... $650. Okay, it isnt a great price - but its tolerable.

So, guess what they sell for on ebay - $650-$700. At best.

So here's a superb bike, in nice shape, that is too small for me. It isn't practical for me to own it and her great price turns out to be a riders price, so I cant even flip it.

Reality. Bummer.

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Old 07-24-10, 08:03 PM   #9
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Used bikes are great deals, no question about it.

Plenty of used Lemonds floating around (there are 12 for sale on Seattle Craigslist right now); I am guessing they were bought by the kind of enthusiast who is looking to upgrade after a few years.

This may close for higher than $299 but I'd be surprised if the seller gets the "buy it now" price of $499.
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Not a bike but a few years ago I was looking for a particular lamp that I wanted. I could get one for 90 retail from any bike shop but one shop had them at 70. Nearly bought one but looked on E-bay to see that the shop selling at 70 had them offered as Shop soiled at buy now for 50. I started bidding on one at 30 but the price went up quick and dropped out. Went back after the auction had closed to find that the buy now at 50 had sold for 75.

Couple of months later I looked again and got one for 25.
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Old 07-25-10, 06:35 AM   #11
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Every time I look for something on ebay the price is high, every time I sell the price is low.
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Every time I look for something on ebay the price is high, every time I sell the price is low.
This means you have excellent taste - and a poor value sense.
The way to make good money on ebay is to have something to offer which others value highly. Common stuff brings common money, no matter how badly we wish otherwise.
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Perception is the key. Human nature people always want something for nothing and want to sell used at near new prices. LOL
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Used bike prices are all over the map. I've been lucky. I bought this Peugeot for $100 and sold it for $290:



My Trek was advertised for $750 on craigslist, and I got it for $350.

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Will you ship?
I think I have seen that bike in the flesh, so to speak, out on the road. It is a handsome bike, for sure. It's too big for me, I think.
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