2. I can set up multiple items and prioritize them. Say I'm looking at a new derailleur and there arre 4 of them that fit my bill. I can enter all the auction numbers, and the site will bid at the last second on all four of them until it wins one (or loses all). Very efficient.
3. My time is worth money, and if it is something I really want and the auction ends during a work meeting or my son's tee ball game, I let the site do it for me.
The real kicker is the first point. People who bid outside the last few seconds of an auction don't stop to think that all they're doing is pushing the price up higher for everyone. Don't give your money away.
I really hate eBay sometimes, last thing I bidded on of course sold for $1 more than my maximum bid, which was fine. But was then relisted the next day at the starting opening bid from the day before. Then eBay sends me the email "Don't let it get away this time" yeah right, like I'm going to bid on it again! (rant off)
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike
In the secondhand market, when something looks too good to be true, it is probably not true.
This holds especially for items that are typically used and owned by enthusiasts. The probability of them really underpricing whatever they are offering is really small (because this is what a great deal is, paying significantly less than what you [and probably others] were willing to pay).
Maybe the crank is used. Is this the crank that comes stock?
On ebay I got a (granted 2 yr older model) $1200 msrp cyclocross bike from a bike shop for $650 delivered. Was a floor room model and was ridden a few times up and down the street. Imho a good deal. I have seen similar priced new bikes go for 50% of the msrp, falling in the too good to be true category but legit
Last edited by Swo0p; 08-25-13 at 10:20 AM.
For those of you who read the post and are interested this bike finally sold on eBay for $1,700 without wheels. I think that's high since you can pick up a new one at closeout for close to $2,200-300. I had sent the seller a question about the mileage of the bike only to be called a dumb a$$. Glad I passed and thanks for all the advice!
Last edited by JGSnCA; 08-26-13 at 03:04 PM. Reason: Grammar!
LOL...my bike has around 100 miles on it and the white handlebar tape looks like it has skid marks. You cannot tell how many miles are on a bike by the handlebar tape...by any stretch of the imagination.
When I look at the ebay bidding, it shows a price of $1,700, but the bidding history shows no bids and 4 cancelled bids up to $1,400. I've bought a few things off ebay over the course of many years, but remain a relative novice on the fine points. Is this a normal way for a sale to be listed?