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Old 01-28-12, 06:03 PM   #1
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How Are The Results Selling Bicycles Here?

I've got a Dahon to sell. I don't have much luck on Craigslist because I live in such a small town. Ebay seems doable but they do take out quite a chunk. There is the Folding Bikes For Sale sub forum here. I only see four posts in it and only one reply to one ad. How well do good bicycles sell here?

I have my original box for the bicycle so I can disassemble it if someone out of town buys it. I just don't have a clue how much it will cost to ship it. Do FedEx and UPS just have oversize rates regardless of the weight or is weight also taken into account?

I don't own a car so the carrier will have to come to my apartment to pick it up.

A couple of years ago I sold an 88 key synthesizer that weighed just under seventy pounds. The buyer had a FedEx account and it still cost him $125 for shipping.

I don't want to price the bicycle too low, but shipping must be factored into it somehow.
There are ebay ads for new Dahon bicycles with free shipping, of course they cost over $1000. There is a similar style new 2009 Dahon selling for $1400. How much should I lop off of that to come close to a fair price for a bicycle with 250 miles?

This will be my second time selling a bicycle on the internet. The last one was a recumbent in 2008. Somebody saw a local ad and came over to get it. No shipping was involved.

All advice from experienced shippers and sellers is wanted.

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Old 01-28-12, 07:39 PM   #2
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You can pack it up and take it to UPS or Fedex and get a quote on shipping to say Florida and that will give you an idea for shipping costs. If you ship closer yo can refund the difference. What are you selling?
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Old 01-28-12, 11:08 PM   #3
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Of course that is a good idea but I don't own a car to do that. The closest I can come is to weigh the box and the bicycle, then estimate how much packaging I'll use and add it up. I don't want to take it apart until I know somebody wants it shipped to them. Would shippers be able to tell me the price of shipping over the phone if I gave them that information?

The bicycle is a Dahon Smooth Hound with the front Q-fork suspension and seat post air pump. I have an image from the Dahon site in my MySpace pictures section. The link is in my signature. The bicycle is the same colors as shown. It just has scratches from leaning against things. It didn't come with a kick stand.
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Old 01-29-12, 09:48 AM   #4
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in the 48 states only ...
its too big for mail, so you have to bring it to an ups or fed ex terminal .... its oversized 2 .... probably cost you around 100 dlr to ship ....
yeah... its not cheap ....
send me an email and i will let you know approx size and weight for the carton

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Old 01-29-12, 03:44 PM   #5
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separate the cost of goods and say + shipping..

LBS here ships Touring Bikes back home for people all the time,
Being at the end of a popular trans continental route..

CC number is kept for 30 days for the UPS billing cycle,
it's charged when the bill comes.

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