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    Senior Member zandoval's Avatar
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    Hey - Calling out is a good thing - Lets them know your not just a Deer in the headlights - What about that $7.00 bottle of wine you pay $24.00 for - Or that 50 cent ChiCom tool you pay $6.00 for - I would complain but this is what FREE ENTERPRISE is all about - Including CL - We really should never forget PT Barnum...

    You did good calling him out... And his reply to you should have been, "...well for you I have another price..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikecrate View Post
    ...people reselling "new" Wallyworld bikes
    There is a guy over in Smithville Tx that buys Walyworld bikes then breaks them down and rebuilds them - He has a pretty good little business going selling them for about $75.00 to $100.00 more than he bought them - And he has no problem telling people where and how much he paid for the bikes - He has a large box of substandard parts he has stripped and replaced on them and its a very interesting mix - Just thought I would mention this as its really a petty good deal for those who just want a reliable bike - We have no bike shops within 30 miles of us...

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    almost bought a set of used car tires last weekend but a tire wholesaler beat me to it. they were an amazing price already mounted and balanced on wheels for the exact vehicle I have but they wanted to unload them fast, not realizing if he was willing to wait longer he could get more. or maybe he didn't do any comparison shopping before posting his ad. depending on the mark up I might willing to pay the wholesaler.

    we just have to be quicker on the good deals!
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    I posted a similar rant a few weeks back. Bike was on sale for $100 negotiable. I was thinking about picking it up for $100 or likely, less. The next day, same bike was on sale for $250. People more knowledgable than I said the bike was only worth $100 to $150 at most.

    Thing is, the bike is still for sale and has listed for between $200 and $250 for weeks now. Even if the seller eventually sells it for $150 or $175 if the weather ever improves, the flipper spent weeks listing it.

    Another deal will turn up on CL. They always do. Just be prepared to pounce. Keep a couple hundred in cash on hand and next time, that CL steal will be yours.

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    I don't see how this is any different then flipping cars or houses or anything else. It has been going on forever. He bought, rightfully owns it, and then can turn around and do with it what he wants and ask what he wants. I am sorry you missed out but that is no reason to call somebody out.

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    I bought a bike of CL a couple of weeks back. The rear wheel had been upgraded but the front was an old 27 x 1 1/4 inch high flange with chromed arraya rim. It was ridable but I wanted to get something close to what the back wheel was.

    I found a CL ad for a wheelset for $80. No name high flange hubs with Alex AT450 hubs(my rear has 700c Alex DA22 rims). So I jumped. I arranged to meet the person on a busy corner at 6:00 PM on a Friday night, downtown, which is about a 30 minute drive for me. I get there a little early and she responds and says, I had an offer for $90, would you be willing to match it? Oh and my husband will be there wheels in hand. I decided to ignore the email, and show up with $80 in hand. That is what I handed him. I would have been fine with the extra $10 if it had been before I agreed to meet, but once that is agreed to, and I am taking time out and going out of my way, its kinda crappy to be asked for more. The wheels were brand new off a bike, never used. They were true and well tensioned, so I was happy.

    So now I am going to try to flip the rear. I will ask $50, settle for $40 Its a flip flop hub, so not of use to me. But I won't try to change the price once the agreement is made. If I don't get 40, I might as well keep it as it has a tire and tube, and matching rim to my front wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
    I posted a similar rant a few weeks back. Bike was on sale for $100 negotiable. I was thinking about picking it up for $100 or likely, less. The next day, same bike was on sale for $250. People more knowledgable than I said the bike was only worth $100 to $150 at most.
    Ebay has had a bike for sale locally for months, it is an old Huffy 10 speed, worth $100 if it was in showroom shape. The seller wants $599. I guess if he waits long enough, inflation might get to the point where someone is willing to spend $600 on it, but that will be years from now.

    Heck, the Classics & Vintage forum has a thread specifically for laughing at ridiculous CL ads. It is amazing what shows up in CL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
    Ebay has had a bike for sale locally for months, it is an old Huffy 10 speed, worth $100 if it was in showroom shape. The seller wants $599. I guess if he waits long enough, inflation might get to the point where someone is willing to spend $600 on it, but that will be years from now.

    Heck, the Classics & Vintage forum has a thread specifically for laughing at ridiculous CL ads. It is amazing what shows up in CL.
    There is a LBS selling the same bike for $250 or so. Whenever I buy a bike off CL, unless the seller has some proof the bike has been recently serviced, I take it as a given that the bike will need at least a basic tuneup and more likely, a bit more.

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    You all do know that there are people who make a living "flipping" stuff. There's even a program on TV once a week called American Pickers which we get all the way over here in Australia. There's another Canadian one we get too.

    Lots of people do this ... they go to yard sales, thrift stores, estate sales, salvage sales, etc. etc. etc. ... and of course online ... to pick up certain items which they know they can sell for a higher price. People specialise in antiques or clothing or tools or collectables or sporting gear ...

    There's nothing illegal or wrong about it.

    It's an interesting way to make a living or a little spending money. And, in many cases, this is one way to recycle goods which might have otherwise ended up at the tip.

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    i would flag the hell out of his ad (i have seperate ips so i can get them shut down pretty quick), i would also post "re: such and such bike is a rip off" posts. i might even go as far as spamming his email. i only would do this if the guy is a know flipper asking ridiculous prices, selling sub par items, damaged goods, or some uneducated idiot just asking astronomical prices. i believe in the fair deal, the fair market value, and trying to warn people about the rip offs. everyone can post what they want and ask what they want, well the other side is that everyone can call that person out when its a ripoff. fair is fair but then again i am a CL nazi, so whatever, thats just me.

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    I just can't imagine where the OP is coming from, I can't imagine any thing wrong with the bike sale he's talking about, any reason the seller can't sell it for whatever he/she wants to and why the assumed knowledge of the OP has anything to do with it. The assumption may very well be wrong, and even if it's right, so what?

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    Just roll your eyes and move on...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cannondale125 View Post
    Well hubcyclist! I'm on your side here. I flip a lot. But if I buy it on cl I don't smack people in the face and relist it on cl for 3 times what I paid! Now what the other guys are saying is true to. Does not matter what he paid you should of jumped on the deal as soon as you seen it. But hey you will find a good deal, just watch cl every chance you get.
    Since you flip and make some of the purchases on CL, do you ever offer more for a bike than the asking price?

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