Old 03-28-19, 02:29 PM
Thrifty Bill
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To maximize return, or to leave a lot of money on the table, that is the answer!

Look up any of your parts on eBay in the sold section. Then sort them highest price first. Once you get past NOS, are the highest prices for dirty stuff or clean?

WD40, a tooth blush and a rag. Personally, I dismantle all cranksets and clean them. Be careful not to lose small parts.

As a practical matter, really dirty can hide defects, so clean for the win.

Sold an RD on eBay yesterday. Did a “one song” cleanup first (total cleanup took less than the time it took to play one song on my workshop stereo). My price was double what someone else was asking for the same dérailleur but dirty. Mine sold, his is still available.

Pay rate for that 4 minute job? Several hundred dollars per hour.

Polishing a seatpost takes longer but a 30 minute job might yield me $50 more for the part.

Lazy sellers get less, a lot less. And their stuff can take longer to sell.

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