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2 Frame Sets Not Having Any Luck Selling On CraigsList. Priced Too High? Trek and HKB

Old 08-05-10, 12:19 AM
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2 Frame Sets Not Having Any Luck Selling On CraigsList. Priced Too High? Trek and HKB

2 Framesets that don't seem to garner any interest! Trek 330 63c and HKB 62c. Both nice straight, dentless, road style. Trek-$75 / HKB-$40. Am I priced too high or would I have better luck on Ebay. Perhaps I should hang them in the garage and try again next Spring!

https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/1855193099.html
https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/1852419893.html


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Old 08-05-10, 12:35 AM
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drop the price 40.00 for each and i gareentee ull be sold i would sure as **** buy em
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1. Large size limits local interest.

2. Buyers want complete bikes, particularly on ones like this that are lower end frames (not bottom end for sure, but not the high end, highly sought after models either). I would be really tempted to build up that Trek frame.

3. Unless I am missing it in the pictures, the second frame has no decals, no shift levers, no seat post, no seat post binder bolt. Night and day difference between the two frames as far as value IMHO.

I think your price is fine on the Trek, too high on the other frame. I would give ebay a try. I have had zero luck selling frames locally. I pretty much don't even try anymore. The only time I sell a frame locally is when it is cheap, real cheap ($50 or less).

I usually hang on to frame sets when the cosmetics are good. Sooner or later I find a donor bike, and complete them.


Think of your limited market locally for such framesets. First, you need someone interested in a vintage steel bike. That's maybe 1/4 of the used bike market. Then you need someone really tall. That's maybe 10% of that group. Then you need someone who is mechanically oriented, has the tools/time/parts/aptitude to build up a frame, that's maybe 10% of that group. All of a sudden, you are down to 0.25% of your local market. Sure, my numbers could be off, but the market is small! Selling large bikes complete can be tough, selling a frameset would be much tougher.

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Old 08-05-10, 11:56 AM
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Thrifty Bill... I'm afraid you speak the obvious. Initially, I wanted to build the Trek frame into a Hybrid. It's just to big for me. Too bad because it's in nice shape. Guess it's Ebay or suck it up and lower the prices.
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Last year I easily could have either of those for you asking prices to the fixie/ss crowd. This year I'm not so sure.

1. The economy still sucks and its not getting better any time soon.
2. There has been huge influx of inexpensive, new fixed gear/SS specific bikes into the market place. There's no financial benfit to buying and old frame and building it into a bike.
3. Used fixie/SS specific bikes are now showing up used. I saw a SE Draft at a pawn store for $199 and bought a similar SE Draft at the local place I find bikes for $50. I put $10 into the SE and sold it on CL for $180.

IMHO the fixie/SS market in regards to older vintage road frames is dying.
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If I was closer and didn't already have 5 bikes that size, I'd be coming over to take a look at that Trek. Then again, I fall into that 0.25% of the market.
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Perhaps by next year we can look for fixie from an over-saturated market and use that to re-build a road bike. That's if it still has the RD drop-out!
Maybe things do come full circle.
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I was supposed to e-mail you this week to come pick up the Trek frame, but I found a complete Trek 510 for about the same price. Sorry man. I thought $60 was a good bottom line price on the Trek.
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Him big fella frame.. no buy if wee fella.

5%tile market
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