What Percentage of CL bikes are Stolen?
I came across 2 ads on Craigslist that really got me thinking. In the first one, the seller is getting ride of 2 Trek
kids bikes that are 6 months old and retail for about $250, for $30. For some reason, she can't post any pictures. I am looking for a bike for my 11 year old and don't want to spend much money, because he will outgrow it in a couple of years. I just couldn't pull the....(sorry, I forgot) buy these, in good conscience. I kept visualizing the poor little kid who got this bike for Christmas.
The second one might not be stolen. The seller could be terminally stupid. Lance Armstrong Trek Bicycle
is a Trek 7.5 FX painted in the Livestrong colors that retails for less than the seller is asking. Why would someone buy a new bike for $750, never ride it and then post it on Craigslist alleging it is worth $1200? The only other reasonable explanation is the person won it in a raffle. If that is the case, wouldn't they put that in the ad?
There was a piece on the news the other night about the police staking out Craigslist, looking for stolen property. I doubt they did this more than once, just so they could bust someone and get on the news. If they spent an hour on Craigslist, they could probably make an arrest a day. No pictures, prepaid cell phone or posted from a computer at the library and selling a luxury item; all add up to only one thing.