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Old 02-27-18, 10:06 AM
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Is the sale forum good/active?

hope this post/question is allowed....I've been a bit vacant from BF for a bit. Hobby-wise, I tend to balance out an active car hobby & vintage bike hobby (along w/ bike racing/training & a very active family), so I may drop out of circulation periodically. At the moment, I'm rebuilding a car and looking around my collection of stuff for things I could liquidate to create capital for car parts (sometimes, it's liquidated car stuff for bikes...conservation of mass, I guess). Anyway, I thought instead of ebay or paceline (where I've been more active, more recently, but is really oriented towards a different genre), I would post some stuff up for sale in the sales area. Is it a good & active place? These days I never know with online stuff & maybe the commensurate facebook groups are simpler for this. I'm planning on going through my collection of stuff and likely selecting some components, maybe frames, dunno what else for sale, so weighing out options. I've always liked the C/V forum here, so it came to mind.

(and, no, this isn't a sideways 'for sale' post...if I'm going to post stuff here, I'll get an upgraded account & do it the way it's intended!)
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Old 02-27-18, 10:26 AM
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This is a great place to sell parts, frames and bikes. Unless, your trying to get top dollar. I mean this in no disrespectful way but we are all cheap here, myself included. If you put realistic prices on your stuff it will sell.
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Old 02-27-18, 10:32 AM
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thanks. Yeah, I'm not looking to retire/get rich/etc....just fair prices & I'm usually open to input/offers if I'm off. I built up a rather large collection of cool vintage bikes I enjoy by essentially trading a mass of cool car parts/carburetors/performance stuff/etc. a number of years ago & now, with a nod toward the humor of life, I've found myself selling some bike stuff that I probably won't ever really use & buying back examples of things that I sold off years ago. the upshot is I will soon have a vast array of cool cars to carry bikes on! Ha.

Ebay is fine...I mean, it works & I accept the rather high premium there...but it seems to bring out some ugly characters who I don't really want to give time to, so I'd rather deal with nicer folks here who share my interest in this cool hobby.
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Good experiences buying/selling here.
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Originally Posted by fiataccompli View Post
thanks. Yeah, I'm not looking to retire/get rich/etc....just fair prices & I'm usually open to input/offers if I'm off. I built up a rather large collection of cool vintage bikes I enjoy by essentially trading a mass of cool car parts/carburetors/performance stuff/etc. a number of years ago & now, with a nod toward the humor of life, I've found myself selling some bike stuff that I probably won't ever really use & buying back examples of things that I sold off years ago. the upshot is I will soon have a vast array of cool cars to carry bikes on! Ha.

Ebay is fine...I mean, it works & I accept the rather high premium there...but it seems to bring out some ugly characters who I don't really want to give time to, so I'd rather deal with nicer folks here who share my interest in this cool hobby.
Ha ha. Just do it. If your prices are right and your stuff is nice, the community here will fall over each other to buy in literally minutes of posting! Myself included. Makes ebay look archaic.
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Old 02-27-18, 11:13 AM
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Ha ha. Just do it. If your prices are right and your stuff is nice, the community here will fall over each other to buy in literally minutes of posting! Myself included. Makes ebay look archaic.
I don't think you could have said this better. I posted an item for sale yesterday and the deal was concluded in less than 5 hours.

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Old 02-27-18, 12:18 PM
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Yes, it's a good place to buy and sell, because the people are good. That makes up for the lower prices you will get.
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Agreed, I've only had good experiences purchasing on this forum. I have yet to sell, but plan to. Fairly priced desirable items in decent shape tend to move very quickly -- like same day, if not same hour.
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My answer depends on the answer to this one simple question:

"What is your frame size?"

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I’m another one with great results using the C&V Sales forum from both sides. Folks here are friendly, honest and over-the-top helpful. And yes, it is an active place. I’ve sold some items in minutes, but others can languish, then sell easily a few months later when I posted them again. It’s all a matter of luck and timing, as well as fair pricing with good photographs and descriptions.

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Old 02-27-18, 03:11 PM
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3/4ths of my stable was bought through this forum!
All great experiences. Much more realistic prices and much better condition than most you can find at eBay!
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You'll get more money on eBay. But you'll make more friends here

And as an eBayer with 100% rating, I always fret about that first jerk buyer who didn't read the listing or look at the pics and then leaves me bad feedback because of a microscopic chip in the paint...
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Its a good, safe place to buy and sell, from my experience. No selling to date, but every purchase I made has been very easy and painless in every aspect. I'd recommend upgrading and trying it out.

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Out of numerous transactions, I've only had one that wasn't excellent. I've packed and sent many bicycles/frames, and once sold a frame where the recipient told me there was a problem. I issued a small partial refund. He soon claimed additional issues. I asked why he had neither reported to the carrier, nor provided pictures to me. Got no response. This was about 6 years ago and haven't seen him around after that.

There's no 100% guarantee, but this is an excellent group with almost no exceptions.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
My answer depends on the answer to this one simple question:

"What is your frame size?"
Beat me to it. This is THE most important piece of info required. A great place to move parts and helpful when looking for something.
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Although I'm a relative newbie here, I'll echo all of the above- this has been a very good place to move things I can't use and pick up stuff I really don't need <G>. As long as your pricing is realistic, no problems at all.
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I have added to my haul from the for sale section and not had a single issue.
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This seems to anecdotally point to this place being pretty good to buy and sell from:

C&V Transaction Feedback Thread Part II
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How do people typically work the payments on the C&V sales forum? Paypal? USPS money order?
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Generally, its through PayPal accounts, other means would be agreed upon by both parties to the sale. I've not seen any non-PayPal transactions while I have been participating here.

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Generally, its through PayPal accounts, other means would be agreed upon by both parties to the sale. I've not seen any non-PayPal transactions while I have been participating here.

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I’ve had people send cash.

I get it, but I don’t get it.

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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
You'll get more money on eBay. But you'll make more friends here

And as an eBayer with 100% rating, I always fret about that first jerk buyer who didn't read the listing or look at the pics and then leaves me bad feedback because of a microscopic chip in the paint...
Maintaining a 100% perfect record on eBay is quite the challenge! After 16 years with not a single negative, I got my first negative feedback (over 2,000 feedbacks total), it was two words, "All Good". Duh, all good yet negative? Give me a freakin' break! And of course, the buyer had 1 feedback total.......Called ebay, "Whats the deal here, "All good" and negative?" Their answer was "thats how it goes."

I tend to just sell the perfect stuff on ebay. Stuff with "patina" is sold here, for less of course, but to people that understand patina and don't freak out.

I had one buyer once, gave me positive feedback but said my shipping was too high. So I sent him a private message, "did you notice the postage on the package was higher than I charged you for shipping?" His answer, "Yes, but it still should have been cheaper." Duh, I used USPS, take it up with your congressman or senator.

Ebay can get you top dollar but can also give you a migraine.....
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Maintaining a 100% perfect record on eBay is quite the challenge! After 16 years with not a single negative, I got my first negative feedback (over 2,000 feedbacks total), it was two words, "All Good". Duh, all good yet negative? Give me a freakin' break! And of course, the buyer had 1 feedback total.......Called ebay, "Whats the deal here, "All good" and negative?" Their answer was "thats how it goes.".....
I got my first negative selling a pair of shoes. The buyer claimed the size was listed incorrectly eventhough it was described in the text 5 times and shown in the pics 3 times.

After that, I changed my tactics. Rather than have one account and worry about getting a neg, I now sell from 6-7 different accounts. I was able to build up my feedback ratings though small purchases. If an account gets a neg, I would stop selling from it. Ironically, none of the new accounts have gotten any negatives or neutrals in over 7 years (touch wood).

Mulitple accounts also allows me to specialize to sell to specific audiences (bikes, books, audio, etc...).

Getting back on topic, selling on BF has been a breeze, as has been buying. All sales gave been very positive. Had one so-so experience as a buyer where ther seller kept "forgetting" to ship the item. After 4 weeks, I got a prompt refund, so no biggie.

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Maintaining a 100% perfect record on eBay is quite the challenge! After 16 years with not a single negative, I got my first negative feedback (over 2,000 feedbacks total), it was two words, "All Good". Duh, all good yet negative? Give me a freakin' break! And of course, the buyer had 1 feedback total.......Called ebay, "Whats the deal here, "All good" and negative?" Their answer was "thats how it goes."
Negative feedback falls off after a year now. You can also leave a comment under the negative feedback to provide your side of the sell.

I am just under 1,000, have received 1 negative feedback, and at 100%.
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17 years on eBay and not one negative. It feels like a hitting streak and it's just a matter of time before it's broken. Especially in light of the way things have changed there in favor of buyers, I prefer here and Craigslist.
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