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DirtyHarry714 09-07-11 12:08 PM

Intro to Ebay sales
 
Hey everyone, i had some questions about selling bikes on Ebay. I usually do all my flipping on craigslist but some stuff i have isn't great for it, i've been sitting on this stupid Fuji sports 12 that's a 69 cm, the number is scaring all my buyers away :lol: . I would like to sell some stuff on the forum but is it really worth it? Another thing i'm curious about is the shipping. If i wanted to send a 69cm steel frame across the country how much would that even cost me? Also i noticed ebay charges a lot of fees like for the pictures, is there anyway to get around most of the fees or charges? I'd like some input on what i should do, I think i might put it on forums marketplace :)

RaleighSport 09-07-11 12:21 PM

I know this isn't exactly what you were asking, but have you considered trading it off on this forum for something you want/will flip easily? ;) And then maybe one of our larger members gets a bike that fits too.

DirtyHarry714 09-07-11 12:24 PM

i'd love too, it's not in the greatest shape, i'm trying to get 80 or a trade out of it, still has the fuji crank arms on it.

RaleighSport 09-07-11 12:26 PM

well got put it up in the ISO and FT thread, don't know what you should put for what you want for it though..

miamijim 09-07-11 12:35 PM

Shipping: A 69cm frame may or may not fit in a 130" box with the fork removed so you need to 'dry measure' the frame. Width is going to be 7". Add 3-4" to the length and height to compensate for the box and packaging material. Your probably looking at a 31" tall box thats 40" long so thats 118". Ship it USPS parcel post. Get an actual quote first, add $10 for shipping materials and use that number in your ebay ad.

Fees: 10-13% by the time your done. If your running a fixed price ad take this into account. Something selling for $300 will put $260-270 in your pocket. For the most part using ebay to host your pics isnt expensive so it just depends. Using an outside host like Photobucket saves $$$ but its more of a hassle. Weight the pros and cons against the price of the item.

Trial run: Sell a few whimsical items just to get a fell for how it works.

KonAaron Snake 09-07-11 12:40 PM

The bike isn't worth enough to sell on eBay. The fees for shipping it are going to run about $100, possibly more for a bike that big, and then you lose about 15% to ebay/paypal fees. Then you run the risk of a negative transaction.

If the bike is worth about $200, that means people are unlikely to bid more than $100 given the shipping costs. Take off $15 from that AND you run the risk of buyer issues on a site that finds against you 100% of the time. You also have the not inconsiderable time and energy packing a bike...which takes time to do correctly.

I wouldn't bother. Sell it on CL...if it doesn't sell there, strip it for parts and give the frame away or for a low $$$.

thenomad 09-07-11 01:02 PM

word

randyjawa 09-07-11 02:34 PM

This is what I know about Buying On Ebay and this is what I know about Packing, Selling and Shipping Bicycles. I have shipped over 400 bicycles so far.

A frame as large as the OP's will be tough to sell since the market is so small. The bicycle is not valuable and will not sell for much on Ebay, if it sells at all. And, as someone else mentioned, be prepared for Ebay and PayPal to take you to the cleaners.

Hope this is a help.

DirtyHarry714 09-07-11 03:26 PM

Thanks for the input everyone, i guess i'll just stay away from ebay and just use it to buy. As for CL, it's been up there so long the price is at $70 right now (frames usually go for around 50-100 in my area) The size is pretty beefy i'm 6'1 i rode it for a good month it wasn't too bad i didn't even slam the seatpost either. I don't know why i even bought the damn thing, maybe because i thought there was more taller riders that needed a bigger setup.

gaucho777 09-07-11 05:52 PM

Forget ebay. Post ads at all the local basketball courts. ;)

randyjawa 09-07-11 06:36 PM


Forget ebay. Post adds at all the local basketball courts.
Now that is a pretty good idea, actually.

Zumkopf 09-07-11 07:08 PM

Just put it up here or on CL at $50 and it'll go. When you figure in the cost of selling on eBay, and the hassle of packing and shipping, it is probably a wash at best. Remember, the buyer is going to figure the shipping as part of his cost, so what you see as selling at $70, he sees as buying at $110 or $120. If you wouldn't pay that much for that frame, most other people probably wouldn't either.

753proguy 09-07-11 08:20 PM


Originally Posted by miamijim (Post 13191527)
Shipping: A 69cm frame may or may not fit in a 130" box with the fork removed so you need to 'dry measure' the frame. Width is going to be 7". Add 3-4" to the length and height to compensate for the box and packaging material. Your probably looking at a 31" tall box thats 40" long so thats 118". Ship it USPS parcel post. Get an actual quote first, add $10 for shipping materials and use that number in your ebay ad.

Fees: 10-13% by the time your done. If your running a fixed price ad take this into account. Something selling for $300 will put $260-270 in your pocket. For the most part using ebay to host your pics isnt expensive so it just depends. Using an outside host like Photobucket saves $$$ but its more of a hassle. Weight the pros and cons against the price of the item.

Trial run: Sell a few whimsical items just to get a fell for how it works.

I think the OP has a frameset with cranks on it, not a complete bike...
And everyone please stay as far away as possible from shipping frames or bikes via Parcel Post. High chance of damage, ditto UPS Ground, to a lesser extent. Stay with Fed-X Ground for frames and bikes imo, (they are almost always the lowest-cost option, too) and for the frames, try to stay in a box that is under 108 inches girth plus length (probably very difficult for a 69 cm frame, for sure impossible with the cranks still attached, and I would never ship a frameset with the cranks attached, regardless of size, fwiw).

DirtyHarry714 09-07-11 09:33 PM

Basketball court? That is pretty funny! maybe i'll try that i'd laugh if someone came and bought it from a b ball ad!


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