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Old 10-15-12, 02:35 PM
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Crazy price for a Raleigh Team USA on Ebay

I keep an active interest in the Team USA bikes as I'd like to get another cheap to use for parts should mine ever have issues. This bike was a strong candidate until the bidding started to go crazy.

I'm surprised the bidding has gone so high. I would of stopped pretty early I think when I saw my competitor had 0 feedback and had never bid on another item.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Raleigh-Team.../120995496775?
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Old 10-15-12, 02:42 PM
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That's absurd. I bought one of those a year ago for $65 and resold it for $160.
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Old 10-15-12, 02:54 PM
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WOW....that means my Factory Team pro is worth at least $3,000!!!
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Did you notice that most of the bidding is being done by a 0 feedback buyer? My guess? This is a bogus auction with a shill or someone shooting the price up to protect the item who will let the 0 bidder offer fall through.

I would estimate that bike's standard auction value at less than a fourth of that price. Usually when auctions don't make sense, it's because they aren't legit.
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Old 10-15-12, 02:57 PM
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This is the only thing your competitor has ever bid on... shill?

This isn't even an SBU frame, and components are mid level. 26 lbs. Seriously?
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Old 10-15-12, 03:02 PM
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$200 bike on a good day. bogus auction.

Also, Raleigh 555 ≠ Reynolds 531
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It just doesn't make sense to me. I assume the guy who won the auction is an actual real bidder, so not sure why he'd go that high on his bidding. The zero feedback guy seemed to be obviousely raising up the price, but you'd figure the real bidder would of stopped bidding.
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The "real bidder" might have been the o bidder...he retracts the bid and makes an offer afterwards. The hi-jinx potential is endless!
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Old 10-15-12, 04:28 PM
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Team Hy-jinx.
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Ugh - the only thing that's missing in order to make that a bona-fide POS is a kickstand (which the seller probably removed)

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I think that actually happens a lot...you often see crazy auctions and then others that reference the insane price as marketing. I did it myself (successfully) with a Raleigh Pro, though I had nothing to do with the ridiculous ad.
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A Team USA at a Team Professional price. I think I will sell my daughters Team Professional to the person that bought the Team USA. Should be able to get $4000-$5000.
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They had Team Pro Replicas in 84 Olympic colors, but this isn't even one of those as the forks and stays are black (and the graphics a bit different) on the 'Connie Carpenter' bike.
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Like they saying goes, a sucker is born everyday.
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FYI, the Team USA was the top end of the 1984/5 "Sport Touring" lineup, but was nothing more than a lower-mid-range machine (essentially Trek 400 territory). Above it in the "Racing" lineup were 4 other models (Grand Prix, Super Course, Competition, Prestige) and two framesets - the 555 (Nottingham-built Team Professional Replica) and 753 (Ilkston SBDU Team Professional Replica).

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Whether it's a high end or a low end frame, from personal experience the bike rides quite well to me. Very smooth and stable and I'm a fan of it's looks. It gets a bum rap in my opinion.
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