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    Selling a bike in SoCal

    I'm looking to sell my carbon Giant TCR road bike here in San Diego and was wondering what peoples' experiences have been like, please? Is it safe to slap it on Craigslist or are there scamsters to be aware of? Is there some local bike-sale forum I could also try? I've read a few scare stories of people riding away on bikes, so what's the best way of letting someone test-ride it (short of asking them to leave cash!)?

    I would like to put it on EBAY but am reluctant to go to the trouble of packaging and shipping it, and with just a local pickup I guess my price is going to take a big hit....

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

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    I would first try the For Sale forums here. People buy and sell bikes all the time. I've bought and sold parts (not a complete bike) on the forums, and so far have had zero problems.

    With your Giant TCR, I wouldn't hesitate to put it on Craigslist. Just be upfront about no shenanigans or low ballers, and very specific about your particular bike, and you should get people that are interested in exactly what you're offering.

    As for test rides...if they show up on foot, they give you the cash first or don't get to ride. If they show up in a car, ask for their keys. If, at any time, you feel uncomfortable...end the deal. A buyer should go out of their way to make it easy on you...You have what they want. If it ever gets ackward, you 'reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.'

    Also, it's best to meet at a public place for two reasons: You can call for help if you get robbed, and the buyer doesn't see where you live or what other cool stuff you've got in your garage.
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    PS: If you opt for selling in the forums here, say that you're only offering it for a local sale. If someone out-of-state wants it, make them arrange all the shipping.

    If you need a box, 9 times out of 10, a local bike store will have shipping boxes in the garbage that you can take...just ask before you go dumpster diving.
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    I have a friend that sells alot of bike stuff on Craiglist. This is his deal - he only sells locally. This means a face to face exchange, money changes hands. He usually agrees to meet the person in a large, well light parking lot (generally in front of the Performance stores) usually during the day. He tells them payment must be cash, no checks. He has never been burned. You just have to be smart about this stuff. Mo'Phat offered some good advice.
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    BTW aren't they several large bike clubs in SD? I would locate their websites and post your bike there.
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    I've had no problems with Craiglist except that the buyers are morons who can't read. Generally speaking you will get a better price on eBay than CL, plus the process is over faster. If you are holding out for a decent price on CL things can drag out for a long time before the right buyer comes along.

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    I sold my bike on Craigslist. No problems, follow all the above advice. I bought a bike through the for sale forums here and also had no problems.
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    Someone suggested having the potential buyer leave a deposit equal to the full purchase price to take a test ride. Seems like good advice.

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    I need an XS Giant Carbon frame. Is yours XS?
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    use common sense. CL is great so long as you insist on cash like everyone else has said. I sold my SL2 on CL and had no problem. Guy showed up with a wad of cash in a parking lot during the day.

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    Bought and sold a few bikes on CL.. You will get scammers emailing you.. Make sure you state local cash sale only.. Place in the ad: CASHIERS CHECKS OR SHIPPING SERVICES NOT ACCEPTED..

    This usually keeps most of the scammer emails away..

    Good Luck..

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    With EBay the buyer pays all shipping costs, and most bike shops will gladly pack your bike to ship to the destination (for a fee) and then take it to a UPS store for shipping. There are online calculators embedded in EBay to calculate shipping costs, so identify the price for packaging and the buyer can calculate the shipping costs.

    If you use Ebay, pay the extra service costs to use the escrow service they offer. The buyer posts the cash, you get a notification and ship the bike. Once they have the bike the money is released to you. Include those fees into the price as well...

    $XXX for the bike, ~$25 for packaging and escrow and then shipping is added to the final price...
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    SoCalBikeTrader.com is another place you might check out too. As with anything else, common sense should be paramount since you never know who the other person is even if they're a cyclist.

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    Thanks for all the advice! I think I will put an ad here on BikeForums first and then move to CraigsList. Meeting in a public place sounds like a good idea, along with insisting on cash-in-hand for any test ride.

    @triplebutted: no, it's a Medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrino View Post

    @triplebutted: no, it's a Medium.
    Darn all you tall peoples!!

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    Craigslist is a good option for starters - I echo all the good advice posted here by others already. Advantage of craigslist is that you get cash in hand, don't have to worry about shipping out, or having to pay the Ebay transaction fees. Upload a pic, and be descriptive when listing your bike.

    It does take more patience for the right buyer to come along, however, as your audience is limited to your local geographic area. However, that's not to say the right person who wants what you have won't stumble on your ad.

    I just sold my Cervelo that I had just listed on Craigslist to a guy who is currently deployed in Iraq but will be returning to his home in Utah in 3 weeks. He mailed out a check, which I will deposit and wait for it to clear before shipping the bike. If it were an in-person buyer, I always ask for cash in hand.

    Also, it can help to broaden the audience seeing your ad if you cross-post it to the Orange County or even the San Diego sections as well.

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    Thanks guys. I put it on Craigslist with lots of high-res photos at a 3rd party image-hosting site. Sold it to a nice local guy looking for his first carbon bike. Cheers for the contributions!

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    And there you go. Congrats on the sale.
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