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Old 04-13-12, 02:33 PM   #1
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Should I sell my Brompton in the US or the UK?

Hi gang,

So, my circumstances are changing again and I'm not going to be needing the Brompton anymore (it's replacement is a secret ).

I'm moving to the US from the UK in June, so I've got two options:

Sell it in the UK where people know what it is, but they are easier to come by used, or bring it over with me to the US and sell it there. I would think they are harder to come by in the US, but maybe less demand?

It's a mk2 5speed with new gear internals & front brake upgrade. In decent shape, but not shiny new either... If that makes a difference.

Any thoughts?
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Wha can you get for it in the UK? In the USA?
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Thats kind of what I'm asking.
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Last year I remember one on Cl here for $600 and it was a 5 speed.
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Thanks!
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GBP is strong... I would say if you can get more than 500-600USD for it, sell it before coming over. Dahons are a lot more prevalent here and the market is not as big.

Don't brits usually come over to buy things not to sell them?
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that will sell no problem at all in the USA my guess is between 1200 - 1400 US and i'm not kidding especially in June warm weather in middle of cycling season you will get a dozen calls from all over USA if you post in CL. then theres ebay you will get discourage at 0 bids at the beginning but get a dozen multiple bids within 30 seconds of ending at about same price minus ebays commission/fees
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that will sell no problem at all in the USA my guess is between 1200 - 1400 US and i'm not kidding especially in June warm weather in middle of cycling season you will get a dozen calls from all over USA if you post in CL. then theres ebay you will get discourage at 0 bids at the beginning but get a dozen multiple bids within 30 seconds of ending at about same price minus ebays commission/fees
1200-1400 is a bit much for an MKII. It should sell for 700/800 at most.
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1200-1400 is a bit much for an MKII. It should sell for 700/800 at most.
+1,... $1,200-$1,400 USD would be setting the seller's expectations a bit too high.
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I thought that sounded high. The bike is a little rough cosmetically (scratches old powder coat, no rust or dings), perfect mechanically. Sounds like I'm defineately in the 700-800 range in the US. Helpful to formulate a plan...
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Selling in the UK is one less thing to take over with you though. I'd put it up for sale before you leave. If you don't get the price you want you can always bring it and try in the States.
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I resold my Mk 2 for U$D 600. it had Upgrades too, so there was some freebies
to the buyer.
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I think I'm going to take Boudicca's tack an figure a price over here that will match what I can expect in the US...

Fietsbob, how long ago did you sell yours? One thing I have noticed is that as new prices keep climbing, the used ones tend to follow. Safer than houses...
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that will sell no problem at all in the USA my guess is between 1200 - 1400 US
I'd be very surprised by this. New Bromptons are right around that price.
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I'd be very surprised by this. New Bromptons are right around that price.
I belong a small wheel group here in LA CA and own 6 bromptons myself ,I know how much other members paid or sold their bromptons in Local craigslist or ebay, I monitor ebay USA for 7 years nothing new they go up that price close to new. local craigslist is the same a seller would post $600~900 with OBO tag for a used one and he'd get a dozen calls and end not sell it and relist next week at a much higher price. This didn't happen often when we had classified ads in the newspaper but with free listing in CL and everyone buying via CL sellers do this all the time and its not just bikes.

the last 3 years i've seen maybe 3 or 4 bromptons at local CL you email them but never get a response. not all posters are really selling they want to know how much demand or how much they can get for their bromptons. maybe in other areas its different but here in Los Angeles/orange counties you hardly see bromptons for sale but you see a lot of Want ads. and yes we have 3 local brompton dealers in the city. A lot of times buyers would buy used just to save on 9.9% sales tax. a mere savings of $100 and a used brompton still gets sold quick.

now I don't know where the OP will end up selling it in the USA but in ebay it goes too high lately but then again ebay fees is a lot nowadays.
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there's one as in 1 for sale in the whole USA right now in ebay right now no bidders as usual but watch it few seconds before it ends

right now its not bike season yet so there might not be a lot of bidders/buyers but im willing to bet this will sell for 1200 just 100 less than new ?

the buy-it-now price is the Price of a new one do you believe that !

http://www.ebay.com/itm/330716252451...84.m1438.l2649

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the buy-it-now price is the Price of a new one do you believe that !

http://www.ebay.com/itm/330716252451...84.m1438.l2649
That happens often. A lot of eBay sellers will look up old, completed listings and base their starting or buy-it-now prices off of the highest previous price sold, which does not always represent the average selling price. Not the best way to list things, but some sellers are lazy, impatient, or very, very hopeful that they will get an impatient buyer.
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but some sellers are lazy
he might be lazy, but he's in no hurry to sell according to his pricing srartegy if it doesn't sell this week he will relist [relisting is now free first 50 items] next week and someone will buy it at that price as he is the only brompton in ebay right now in the USA.

I don't blame him it will sell i know he's patience will pay off.

I'm an ebay seller but not bike related and its the opposite I love impatient and lazy buyers that want things now they bring the best revenue so far.
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There is one for sale right now on ebay.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Brom...item3a734aa1f5
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