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Old 06-25-15, 11:12 AM
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What is My Bike Worth?

I put my bike up for sale on Craigslist:
Fuji Saratoga Touring Bike

Any insight is appreciated. Is my asking price out of line?
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Old 06-25-15, 11:45 AM
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Is the description okay?
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Old 06-25-15, 11:50 AM
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Need to step up your marketing. You need to take your pictures over, with the bike outside, in the sunlight. Buyers have NO imagination.

Raise the saddle so it is slightly above the level of the handlebars.


Take a half an hour to make your bike spotless before taking the pictures, and it should sell easily at your asking price if not more.
That is great advice. How many people blow it because they can't take the time to clean up and show off a bicycle? Answer - lots..!

Really..?



...can't even be bothered to take the bike off of the hook, let alone clean it up. Bonne chance, mon ami.
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When you retake your pictures, make sure the chain is on the large ring. It looks too long. Focus the pictures, its a dark bike making the details hard to see. If you are going to take a picture of the rear axle area, don't include the whole wheel! make sure the subject is the majority of the picture and not background.

Your description is too wordy. People don't care what you think or what you value. Discuss the bike and only the bike and its attributes, not what it could be. There is no pre-drilling of anything unless the frame has been modified by someone. I think you mean to say it has mounts for fenders, etc. Let people make their own assessments, don't assume you can tell them what they need to know. They either know or don't.
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Old 06-25-15, 12:41 PM
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I just redid the description and it is much shorter. What is the ideal number of pictures to have? I am going to reshoot pictures tonight..
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CL will give you plenty of free pics, so take clear shots of drive side, components, bar end shifters, etc. Since this is a tourer emphasize that in the ad--Note condition of bike esp if recently tuned or other new items to highlight. 275 is not out of line really, and you do mention open to offers.

Fuji saratoga touring model features triple butted ishiwata (steel) lugged frame, shimano deore drive train, triple crank for hills, bar end shifters, recent new brakes, wrap, blah blah, 21in size is best for rider of xxx height.

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Old 06-25-15, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by 09box View Post
I put my bike up for sale on Craigslist:
Fuji Saratoga Touring Bike

Any insight is appreciated. Is my asking price out of line?
To sell at your asking price, the bike needs to be cleaned up.

And, it looks like you have the frame size wrong. From where to where did you measure? If you are 5'5", with the seat slammed like it is in the photo, I'd guess it has a 54cm frame, rather that the stated 52cm.
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Old 06-25-15, 03:25 PM
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Since the 1991 Saratoga used Ishiwata triple-butted chromoly tubing and was equipped with Shimano Deore LX components, I would make a point of mentioning that.

1991 Fuji Specs

1991 Fuji Saratoga catalog page photo

The catalog says the available frame sizes were 19", 21", 23", and 25"...
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Old 06-25-15, 05:05 PM
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What did you use to take the pictures? They are very grainy. Any modern digital camera and even most cell phones these days will take better quality pictures. The pictures are the right idea but they look awful. Get or borrow a real camera.

I think the price is spot on.
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54cm APOLLO Sport 10 Road Bike

i know its not worth 270...i was going to offer 125
any thoughts?
thanks
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Put pedals on it......no test ride = no sale.....
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Originally Posted by cyclocrocs View Post
54cm APOLLO Sport 10 Road Bike

i know its not worth 270...i was going to offer 125
any thoughts?
thanks
Start a new thread for more responses.......but I'll tell you now; that bike has a badly bent fork....pass......
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Old 06-26-15, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by cyclocrocs View Post
54cm APOLLO Sport 10 Road Bike

i know its not worth 270...i was going to offer 125
any thoughts?
thanks
+1 Start your own thread.

Really bent fork, terrible setup. Seller is a total moron, a liar, or just completely ignorant about bikes. You decide. PASS.
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I used my Iphone to take the pictures. I deleted the ones on there. I uploaded those and reloaded a handful of the best pictures in large size so it doesn't look as grainy for now. I will try to get more pictures in a few days since I will be out of town for a couple days. I redid the ad with some tidbits from this post.
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Originally Posted by 09box View Post
I used my Iphone to take the pictures. I deleted the ones on there. I uploaded those and reloaded a handful of the best pictures in large size so it doesn't look as grainy for now. I will try to get more pictures in a few days since I will be out of town for a couple days. I redid the ad with some tidbits from this post.
I have dumped my digital cameras and all of my pictures are taken with my iPhone. Even when I reduce the size to fit this forum, they turn out fine.

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Originally Posted by 09box View Post
I used my Iphone to take the pictures. I deleted the ones on there. I uploaded those and reloaded a handful of the best pictures in large size so it doesn't look as grainy for now. I will try to get more pictures in a few days since I will be out of town for a couple days. I redid the ad with some tidbits from this post.
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Originally Posted by FastJake View Post
+1 Start your own thread.

Really bent fork, terrible setup. Seller is a total moron, a liar, or just completely ignorant about bikes. You decide. PASS.

Not just a bent fork. You can easily see that the down tube and the top tube on the frame are also bent.

RUN AWAY ! ! !
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I got a guy selling me a bertoni w/ columbus tubing. No dents, minor scratches. 200$ for frame, fork, handle bars and seat post. Tell me what you guys and gals think. I don't know much about bertoni. If anyone can share some wisdom, please do
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Originally Posted by Alberto9012 View Post
I got a guy selling me a bertoni w/ columbus tubing. No dents, minor scratches. 200$ for frame, fork, handle bars and seat post. Tell me what you guys and gals think. I don't know much about bertoni. If anyone can share some wisdom, please do
Start a new thread with lots of pics....drive side..all components...labels....paint....lugs...
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https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/bik/5026370002.html it's all he's got up.
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Up for a month = local market has spoken. Myself, I have zero interest in a repaint with unknown Columbus tubing. Never know what prep work and what lingers under that paint.
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Up for a month = local market has spoken. Myself, I have zero interest in a repaint with unknown Columbus tubing. Never know what prep work and what lingers under that paint.
+1 I would never buy a powder coated lugged steel frame.
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https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/bik/5026324822.html what aboutbthis one?
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Much better choice IMHO.
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He wants 300 for the frame, forks, seat post and hadle bars. I tried to negotiate but his price is firm. You guys think it's worth it?
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