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    Is Craigslist Dead for Bikes and Parts? (Norcal)

    I put a bike and some parts stuff up on CL, (SF Bay Area), plus a variety of other things in anticipation of a move late summer. Plenty of action on everything but the bike stuff, not even the typical "Will it fit me?" question. Heck, on some other stuff I had the CL equivalent of bidding wars.

    What sup? Is Craigslist done for bicycle related sales? Has the market cratered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrenchFit View Post
    I put a bike and some parts stuff up on CL, (SF Bay Area), plus a variety of other things in anticipation of a move late summer. Plenty of action on everything but the bike stuff, not even the typical "Will it fit me?" question. Heck, on some other stuff I had the CL equivalent of bidding wars.

    What sup? Is Craigslist done for bicycle related sales? Has the market cratered?
    Interesting.. seems like business as usual in the northbay area of the SF CL, you selling some specialty stuff or what?
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    I thought SF was supposed to be one of the busiest used bicycles market in the US. Plenty of college kids looking for fixies and commuters, and plenty of dot com geeks with a few extra bills to spend?

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    Craigslist in the SF Bay area is not a place to look for reasonable used bikes. I monitored it for a while (planning to get a bike for the S.O.) but nothing reasonable. Even saw some examples where someone was selling the bike for more than the purchase price because of "upgrades". Maybe your area's craigslist is flooded with unreasonable ads, so people have stopped looking. FWIW - I only browse ads for my city and the neighbouring cities.
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    Living in No-Cal and So-Oregon is what turned me off form Craigslist for bicycles. I am sure that the great deals show up now and again; but I don't recall ever seeing any. As I have said before, CL and used bikes can be your hobby, and if it is thats great; but, CL is not a good source for someone who just needs a decent deal on a bike to ride.
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    Is it possible your asking price is more than the Craigslist audience is willing to pay for the items you're selling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyDog75 View Post
    Is it possible your asking price is more than the Craigslist audience is willing to pay for the items you're selling?
    This is the most likely explanation.

    CL bikes are typically listed at a price 40 - 50% higher than I would ever pay on the bikes I have even the slightest degree of interest in.

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    It could be I'm selling at eBay "cycling enthusiast" prices to a non-enthusiast crowd on CL. Seems I remember an interest for more higher priced stuff on CL, but perhaps I remember wrong or those buyers aren't there anymore.

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    last week I just bought a 2011 trek 3500 for 85 bucks and its all original and mint

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