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Old 07-18-10, 01:18 AM   #1
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Buy & Resell Leader Fixed Gear on craigslist

Hey all,

A few questions about the following craigslist ads:

1. First and foremost, based on the language and quality of the posts, do you think these bikes were stolen?
2. Worth it to purchase these to turn around and resell on the west coast?
3. Should I be exiled from cycling communities worldwide for buying and reselling items such as these? I'm curious to know the breakdown on this final question.

http://medford.craigslist.org/bik/1848119603.html

http://medford.craigslist.org/bik/1848145197.html

I'm leaning towards purchasing and reselling the first but not the second.

Safe riding,
Jeff
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Old 07-18-10, 01:40 AM   #2
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From the looks of it, it seems very very sketchty. If you click one of his pictures, it will open his photobucket and it is full of his stuff that he is selling, car wheels, other bikes, bike parts, car stereo etc etc. It could be stolen goods.

That Leader seems like a tricking bike and the straight fork altered the bike's geometry drastically, the chain is obviously new, he didn't even shorten it at all. Everything just look very sketchy, I wouldn't but it.
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Old 07-18-10, 02:03 AM   #3
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WHoa wtf? how come bikes like those sell for hella cheap over there?
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Old 07-18-10, 02:32 AM   #4
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WHoa wtf? how come bikes like those sell for hella cheap over there?
Quick way to dispose of the evidence and get profit...

Well its the same guy selling and the bikes are around the same size...
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Everything about the adds points to stolen bikes.That is why they are so cheap.
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well being from the east originally I can say that stuff is cheaper over there, at least it was before I moved west 2 years ago. But I will agree that those ads do look a little sketch...
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Old 07-18-10, 06:48 AM   #7
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Hey all,

A few questions about the following craigslist ads:

1. First and foremost, based on the language and quality of the posts, do you think these bikes were stolen?
2. Worth it to purchase these to turn around and resell on the west coast?
3. Should I be exiled from cycling communities worldwide for buying and reselling items such as these? I'm curious to know the breakdown on this final question.

http://medford.craigslist.org/bik/1848119603.html

http://medford.craigslist.org/bik/1848145197.html

I'm leaning towards purchasing and reselling the first but not the second.

Safe riding,
Jeff
Jeff,

The ethics of this are bad in my view. While I suppose the basis of any business is the selling of a product (physical item, time, intellectual goods) at a profit, reselling is largely (not entirely but...) an affair that is not associated with uprightness.

My suggestion is to look into other ways to make money.
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Old 07-18-10, 08:32 AM   #8
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People buy, fix up, and resell stuff all the time.

Other than the ads looking a little sketch, who cares.

As long as someone gets a nice bike in the end at a fair price.
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Old 07-18-10, 08:55 AM   #9
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but, my bike is my baby....I don't want my baby stolen and sold! If I buy from a sketchy ad I would feel guilty because then I enable the thief. I wouldn't want any of my fellow riders to go through the headache (and heartache) of losing their bike.
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Old 07-18-10, 11:19 AM   #10
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buying something that you know is stolen is also illegal.
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Shoot, the Cannondale is my size. Buy and sell it to me!!!
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