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Am I asking too much on this Puch?

Old 06-11-15, 06:50 AM
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Am I asking too much on this Puch?

1987 Puch made by bianchi really rare frame 54cm
I'm just wondering am I asking too high of a price for this Puch made by Bianchi
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Old 06-11-15, 06:59 AM
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That is a beautiful bike. Puch is kind of an oddball in the marketplace. If it was actually a Bianchi you could probably get closer to your price. Sadly I don't think the market will support your asking price. It's older tech but not old enough or a desirable brand to get the money you want.
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Old 06-11-15, 07:03 AM
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Are you in a hurry to sell? You can always add 'OBO' to the price and see what offers come in.
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Old 06-11-15, 07:11 AM
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In metro Detroit, yes! The Plymouth, MI Puch seller has had his bike up for sale for 3 years. If you want to maximize value, part it out, otherwise settle for mid $300s.
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Old 06-11-15, 08:01 AM
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last fall I sold a refurbished Puch Pathfinder. '82ish model, hiten everything, stem shifters. New brake levers, wheels, tires, stem, saddle, and seat post.
Sold it for $440. I was shocked. It was a 64cm frame.

I wouldn't expect that to happen in the next 15 tries- it just happened to be the exact right time.
I didn't make anything, it sold for what I had put in it.



Point is- your bike is 10x nicer, listed for the same price, and is a more 'normal' size. It certainly isn't out of the question to sell for that price. It just may take a long long time.
Any chance you would want to list it on ebay and ship? That could possibly get you the price you want.
And list it in the C&V for sale subforum. Cant hurt.
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Old 06-11-15, 10:54 AM
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The bike is really nice in very good condition I wouldn't consider it near mint. The price isn't way out of line considering the level of the bike if it had a was major Italian brand it would probably sell for this. Yet because it is branded Puch with a kinda dull green paint scheme you will probably have a hard time getting more than $300-350 on CL for it in the current market.
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Old 06-11-15, 12:13 PM
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Level the saddle, raise the seat post, raise the stem, change the bar tape to black.

New tires would be nice to see, too.
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Old 06-11-15, 12:36 PM
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I think it's really nice looking. I actually like the way the bar tape almost matches the accent green on the frame. If you were going to change it, I'd go with white rather than black if you could find some cheap enough, but yeah, leveling the seat and raising it and the stem (if possible) might help.
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Old 06-11-15, 12:58 PM
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that is a very nice bike- i'd say with a bit of presentation fixes (just the seat and stem fixes... leave the tape as it matches the highlights) and is would sell in this area for that.

But detroit market is probably not as hot as here.

I suspect if you did the changes you might list it at $550 around here. The secret to selling things is to hit that sweet spot where buyers with money are looking: I have, in the past, posted a really nice bike for a very good deal of $800 thinking I could get a quick sale.

No takers.. just bottom feeders saying "I got $500 cash!" This was already a great deal at 800. So after two weeks I re-listed the same bike, same pictures, nothing changed.. at $1200.

Got some responses right away, sold it to the first person that shows up for $1000 the next day. $200 more than my original listing, and $200 off the CL post so he sure felt good getting the deal.

anyway, long story short, the people with enough money to afford a $450 bike may not be looking at that bracket, and you need to raise the price to get their attention.
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Old 06-11-15, 01:05 PM
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I don't think you're asking too much. Columbus tubing & Campagnolo is the best. Probably just a soft market right now.
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Old 06-11-15, 02:59 PM
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In addition to everything already said you might want to consider buying a basic set of pedals for it so the poor buyer can ride it home. You can phrase it's such that you'll include them if the buyer wants them. That way, the serious rider may just say, "keep em". Also, and this is just a personal pet peeve, drop the "really rare". It's overused, doesn't really help, and may be scaring buyers who want an everyday bike, not a museum piece.
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Old 06-11-15, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by ramzilla View Post
I don't think you're asking too much. Columbus tubing & Campagnolo is the best. Probably just a soft market right now.
That's a broad generalization and neither Formula 2 tubing nor Campy Victory are considered "the best". It is not a high volume market, but prices are holding for the most part.
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