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Old 02-26-20, 04:22 PM
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'83 Trek 630 Worth?

Found this 1983 Trek 630 on eBay for $450. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1983-Trek-6...k/153564252420

It's been listed for at least 3-4 weeks now, I think. $450 seems kinda high, what would you suggest? I was thinking $300-$350, if that's low I'm not trying to lowball, just really don't know what a good price would be?

I've bought 2 other Trek 560 and 520s for $300 that were in stellar condition.

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Old 02-26-20, 05:15 PM
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The 600 equipment is a nice "upgrade", but I still feel it's overpriced. I'd say in the current depressed market, maybe $300 as it sits. The aero brake levers are a big downer for me also.
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Originally Posted by nesteel View Post
The 600 equipment is a nice "upgrade", but I still feel it's overpriced. I'd say in the current depressed market, maybe $300 as it sits. The aero brake levers are a big downer for me also.
+ 1. $300 is a strong price for this bike. I like the shimano 600 group on this bike but this is not a full 531 Reynolds bike as only the main frame is Reynolds.
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Nice 630 - looks clean with very good paint. The 630 is a step-up from the 5xx series bikes you bought for $300. If the 630 is a bike you really want - in that size - and will keep, then pay the price. $450 is cheap for a great-for-you bike.

However, I watch vintage Treks on ebay and have observed that many of them don't sell and get re-listed - sometimes with the 'Make An Offer'. You could try to wait on this and see what happens - maybe save some $$.

Good Luck - that's a nice bike as-is or upgraded with modern components (like 650b wheels and a hill-climbing drive train).
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
+ 1. $300 is a strong price for this bike. I like the shimano 600 group on this bike but this is not a full 531 Reynolds bike as only the main frame is Reynolds.
Honestly, frame material isn't a huge downseller for me. The '86 560 Pro I have is the same for main frame and tubes. The '83 520 is 2001 Alloy. With shipping and taxes, $300 is pretty appealing right now.

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Nice 630 - looks clean with very good paint. The 630 is a step-up from the 5xx series bikes you bought for $300. If the 630 is a bike you really want - in that size - and will keep, then pay the price. $450 is cheap for a great-for-you bike.

However, I watch vintage Treks on ebay and have observed that many of them don't sell and get re-listed - sometimes with the 'Make An Offer'. You could try to wait on this and see what happens - maybe save some $$.

Good Luck - that's a nice bike as-is or upgraded with modern components (like 650b wheels and a hill-climbing drive train).
It is currently listed with a "Make an Offer", that's why I'm hesitant to pay the full $450 and with the $110 shipping, that put's it up to a little over $600 with tax. At that point, I'm tempted to wait, as you've also suggested. But in its current state, I'm curious why you think $450 is fair - is it the great condition, the groupo, etc.?
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Originally Posted by jlaw View Post
Nice 630 - looks clean with very good paint. The 630 is a step-up from the 5xx series bikes you bought for $300. If the 630 is a bike you really want - in that size - and will keep, then pay the price. $450 is cheap for a great-for-you bike.

However, I watch vintage Treks on ebay and have observed that many of them don't sell and get re-listed - sometimes with the 'Make An Offer'. You could try to wait on this and see what happens - maybe save some $$.

Good Luck - that's a nice bike as-is or upgraded with modern components (like 650b wheels and a hill-climbing drive train).
Also, at this point it's "Need" vs "Want"

Could I get the price down enough to justify getting a new bike . . . ?
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A patient seller on eBay would hold close to the price. And probably get it eventually.

Realize with all the fees and packing, sellerís net will be a lot lower. If someone is local they could probably get it for $250 after the listing expires. Win/win.
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Originally Posted by sdimattia View Post
Honestly, frame material isn't a huge downseller for me. The '86 560 Pro I have is the same for main frame and tubes. The '83 520 is 2001 Alloy. With shipping and taxes, $300 is pretty appealing right now.



It is currently listed with a "Make an Offer", that's why I'm hesitant to pay the full $450 and with the $110 shipping, that put's it up to a little over $600 with tax. At that point, I'm tempted to wait, as you've also suggested. But in its current state, I'm curious why you think $450 is fair - is it the great condition, the groupo, etc.?

The 'value' of a particular bike is subjective - based upon an individual's reason for wanting to purchase it. All I am saying is that if this is a bike that you really want then just buy it. On the other hand, if you're not really sure or you are going to try to flip it then you're sensitivity re: the purchase price is warranted.

I would pay $200 to $275 for a nice 6xx frame that takes caliper brakes - I don't really care about the components. So you're target price of $300 sounds good to me.

Best of luck.
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A patient seller on eBay would hold close to the price. And probably get it eventually.

Realize with all the fees and packing, sellerís net will be a lot lower. If someone is local they could probably get it for $250 after the listing expires. Win/win.
Net as in after shipping and eBay fees? Because buyer pays $110 for shipping which seems like itll cover most of the US for that price. Wouldn't they be getting the full $450, local or shipped since shipping isn't included?
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Originally Posted by sdimattia View Post
Net as in after shipping and eBay fees? Because buyer pays $110 for shipping which seems like itll cover most of the US for that price. Wouldn't they be getting the full $450, local or shipped since shipping isn't included?
No. Ebay and PayPal fees are charged on the total transaction. So if it sells for $560 (including shipping), fees will run about $85. Then the seller has about 3 hours in packing depending on their skill, level of careful packing, etc. Then packing at least for me uses at least $10 in supplies. I go through an entire roll of packing tape and several pieces of insulation. Then if the seller gets insurance and requires signature on delivery (wise in my opinion), shipping goes up. eBay's calculated shipping does not include insurance and signature, at least in my experience. USPS insurance is about $12. Signature required is about $3. Nickels and dimes for sure, but it all adds up. Fed Ex insurance is less. Fed Ex signature required is more.

$450 - $85 in fees = $365. Then you have the risk of buyer winning any dispute. Me, if I had a choice of getting $300 locally or netting $365 on ebay, and having to spend 3 hours packing, I'm selling locally. And I am someone who sells on ebay continually, I have an ebay store, etc.

Now by locally I mean outside of ebay. Local pickup only on ebay you will have fees on the $450. Local pickup only on ebay is something I do not do.


I see shipping is calculated by ebay. It is less than $110 for me. I do not know location of seller. I can tell you in packing a bike, if you do not cut down the box, shipping will be higher. Almost half of my time packing is spent cutting down, refolding, and recreating a smaller box.


All that being said, I think the price is HIGH. But a patient seller may be able to get that price eventually. Certainly his willingness to ship globally opens up many markets. And the price is not ridiculous, like the $999 Schwinn Suburban discussed in another thread.

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No. Ebay and PayPal fees are charged on the total transaction. So if it sells for $560 (including shipping), fees will run about $85. Then the seller has about 3 hours in packing depending on their skill, level of careful packing, etc. Then packing at least for me uses at least $10 in supplies. I go through an entire roll of packing tape and several pieces of insulation. Then if the seller gets insurance and requires signature on delivery (wise in my opinion), shipping goes up. eBay's calculated shipping does not include insurance and signature, at least in my experience. USPS insurance is about $12. Signature required is about $3. Nickels and dimes for sure, but it all adds up. Fed Ex insurance is less. Fed Ex signature required is more.

$450 - $85 in fees = $365. Then you have the risk of buyer winning any dispute. Me, if I had a choice of getting $300 locally or netting $365 on ebay, and having to spend 3 hours packing, I'm selling locally. And I am someone who sells on ebay continually, I have an ebay store, etc.

Now by locally I mean outside of ebay. Local pickup only on ebay you will have fees on the $450. Local pickup only on ebay is something I do not do.
Got it, thanks for breaking it down!

At this point, I think I'll wait on it. I don't REALLY need another bike but then again . . .
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