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Old 01-01-14, 02:00 PM
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Bikes on Craigslist

Yes Virginia,
you can find a terrific bike at a bargain price on Craigslist....
but it might take a while. Most of those bikes never sell. This
is because many sellers have the idea that old is the same as
'vintage or classic'. So, they post absurd prices on commonplace
single spd. girls bikes that are too old to be riders & too new to
be collectable.
Another reason many don't sell is just because the seller paid
alot, he thinks someone else will....well maybe. The thing is,
bikes are like most cars; once they leave the showroom floor, they
lose half their value. This is something to consider 'before'
buying a new bike. Once you buy it, you're committed. Do you
want to keep it for the duration of it's useful life? You'll never
get back what you paid selling it.
A third factor, perhaps the most signifigant, is monkey see,
monkey do. People see a bike like theirs priced too high &
assume that's what they can get that for theirs. Except for
buyers who are looking for a specific bike with lots of cash
to spend, most Craigslist shoppers are looking for a bargain.
Those are the bikes that sell, and they go quickly.

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Some bikes show up for years. To the guy in Huntington Beach, no one is going to buy your Softride for $1,000. Give up. Have an interest in the unloved Schwinn lightweights, but I see roach condition girl's bikes for the same price as the good condition man's bike that's been listed for months without selling. Asking isn't getting. I go for months without seeing anything worth even inquiring on.

Saw an old woman's Collegiate rusting & rotting in someone's backyard minus the seat & tires. It appeared on C-list for $200. Wasn't worth $20.

I have gotten some really good deals, but it involves checking 4-5 times a day, knowing what you want, and being able to move instantly.

And a picture of my $25 Nishiki because I really loved it. Just needed seat, tires, and cables[IMG][/IMG]
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It's true, whatch'all say, and I don't see it changing anytime soon. =P
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Congrats on that score, surreal. Really good $25 C&V bikes are very scarce these days.

-And to rawly's point, many people do think that anything old is necessarily valuable, and most of it is just way-overpriced junk.

Even so, I think much of it does sell. Novice shoppers for "vintage" bikes often shop price alone, and can't discern between a really fine bike and a not-so good one - nor are they remotely aware of what "roadable" means or how much it will cost them at the LBS to make it so. (Many flippers don't take pains to educate their clientele.)

I base these comments on my experiences when I was still very actively flipping. The challenge for me was not selling a bike to any buyer I saw, it was getting them to come and SEE it! - The live prospects who didn't make it out as far as my cave probably bought any one of the currently listed rat-tat junks priced for almost as much as my fully rehabbed offering.
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Sometimes there's people posting stuff that's good, for decent, reasonable prices.
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Most of what I see on CL is overpriced junk. The good stuff goes fast as it should. I used to live in Boston. It was a pretty good CL market. I found a lot of nice stuff that I bought and sold some of my stuff as well. In the smallish midwest city I live in now, the CL market is really crummy. No big deal though. I don't need another bike but I may not be able to help myself if I were to see something in my size that I liked. . . . So I guess I'm grateful to live in a town with crummy bike listings.
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One can always go to view a bike and make a lower cash offer. The sight of cash in fist will often sway someone who wants that bike out of their garage.
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If I only had a dime for every minute I wasted trolling craigslist
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Originally Posted by vonfilm
One can always go to view a bike and make a lower cash offer. The sight of cash in fist will often sway someone who wants that bike out of their garage.
My method is to email a polite offer of what I think is fair. If they say yes, then great. If not, then that's fine too. I've learned to resist the urge to point out to people that their pricing may be unrealistic; they just get angry and defensive.
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After a slow start in 2013, I ended up buying about a bike a week on average last year. Very few deals in NYC, but good deals in Albany NY and southeastern Michigan. Most all of the purchases were at asking price or within $20 of asking price. I paid in excess of asking on a handful of bikes.

The April Ann Arbor show is fertile for deals.
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Here's one of those unloved Schwinn lightweights at an even unlovelier price. In really good shape the bike isn't worth $150. Didn't even hose it off for the pictures

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/4267967424.html

[h=2]Suburban schwinn bike - $150 (Buena Park )[/h]
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I bought a CL bike today...used one of classic pitches. The owner called the other guy who was suppose to look at it and said, "don't bother coming over, I got a another guy."

I paid 10% of MSRP....it set me back $450
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Originally Posted by oddjob2
Very few deal but good deals in Albany NY and southeastern Michigan. Most all of the purchases were at asking price or within $20 of asking price is fertile for deals.
Define 'deal'
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
If I only had a dime for every minute I wasted trolling craigslist
Numero Uno!! Yeah, hope springs eternal doesn't it?
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Bikes on Craigslist

The wacky world of craigslist. I still find good deals. Often its bikes that are older, from the 70's, that i think people just don't know about. Prices in general are random. I never expect a bike to be in rideable condition.
As a seller, my goodness, rarely do i sell to anyone that has a clue. Cycling attracts a wide variety of characters to say the least.
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Originally Posted by miamijim
Define 'deal'
Deal=flip candidate in need of overhaul that I can clear >$100 or more after pp+parts+gasoline
or
A keeper priced well below fmv.

examples:
Trek 510 $115
1990's Stumpjumper $63
Motobecane Grand Touring $60
1987 Schwinn Super Sport $25
1983 Trek 520 $135
1983 Miyata 610 $60
Lotus Excelle Mixte $110
MotobecNe GJ Mixte $135
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I saw a bike I really want on CL today.... a Panasonic Touring Deluxe. Looks nice, is nice, I like it... but it's a trifle overpriced. I've made a big deal in my own head about CL pricing. I won't go look at a bike/frame unless it's a size and model that I actually want... and I tell myself that I won't buy it unless it's actually worth the asking price. Nothing against y'all hagglers, but life's too short to spend it debating on the price of an aged bicycle over a $25 price discrepancy, imo. If the bike/frame is in poor enough condition that I'm tempted to make a lowball offer, I tell myself that i probably don't want it anyway.

Most sellers seem to appreciate this approach. The one exception was where dude wanted $125 and I had seven twenties and he didn't have change....so i offered him $120.

Now, I think I'd like to take a look at this Panasonic and maybe even try to haggle, but I worry about my own honor code. Plus, to me, it seems wrong to even entertain a haggling strategy before seeing the bike in-person, to know what grounds the haggling is based upon. Am I over-analyzing here?
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.......Plus, to me, it seems wrong to even entertain a haggling strategy before seeing the bike in-person, to know what grounds the haggling is based upon. Am I over-analyzing here?
Not at all. People who try to haggle sight-unseen get stricken from consideration. As a seller, I don't want to entertain lowball offers.
By the same token, sellers who are seeking "best offers" are equally irritating.
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I sold a Dahon folder yesterday and drove 22 miles to deliver it, as it was a Brooklynite who was car less. He took the PATH over and I met him in HB. Nice chap, he tried to knock 10% off the price, I said no since I came 1/2 way to meet him. But I did throw in a 6" adjustable wrench.

We're both happy. I'd say 80% + of my sales are completed at my asking price.
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Congratulations on the Nishiki, Merkle. nice score. I've put
a few bucks into upgrading my 4 old bikes, but that's a much
cheaper way to get a really nice bike if you don't mind getting
your hands dirty. they were respectively, $30,$25, $15, $15.
Two were completely pristine unridden storage finds, one from
a thrift store, and the fourth from a flea mkt. None came from
Craigslist.
That old schwinn is worth saving, but if you offered what it's
worth, you'd likely get a nasty reply telling you he saw one just
like it going for $250.

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I still have a hard time believing the Craigslist deal I got on my 2000 LeMond Zurich. Bike 3 spare wheels, 2 spare tires and tubes $80.00.This was not in western S.D.!
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
If I only had a dime for every minute I wasted trolling craigslist
I consider trolling CL to be recreation.

(Brain-off time at work comes around all too often.)
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I get mildly annoyed having to wade through overpriced bikes that linger on with no end in my area, but have come to look at it as a "good" thing in a way. Wading through all of those ads can be mentally taxing, even for me and I know what is good. The way I see it, is that it makes people lazy and more prone to overlook the good deals. I have had the best luck finding bikes that had horrible ads that gave no indication of what was being sold. Example: A 90's titanium mountain bike I got for $70 that was placed in ad with another average bike. It was titled "mountain bikes", the picture was the second one, so it didn't appear when the ad was opened. While the brand was mentioned, there was no mention anywhere that it was a titanium frame. To score that bike took careful examination of the ad and a little research. Faced with a mountain of ads, the average person who knows little about bikes misses those deals.

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Hilarious, Bill.

I've bought all of the family bikes on CL... Sometimes I've spent too much (because I didn't do any research), and I've gotten one really good deal (because I did do some research). Mostly I've hit at prices that were fair to all involved, which is how I like it anyway.

But yeah, I'm in the "CL as recreation" camp. I can't afford to run off and buy whatever I see on there, but the entertainment and educational value is such that I'll check CL a couple of times a day. And sometimes, if the right deal is there and the money happens to be free, I'll pick something up.

I decided to pass on yet another rusted out old Schwinn today. Sure, it was fifty years old and therefore worth thousands, but I just couldn't come up with the $300 they were seeking. It's still up there if anyone's close.
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Originally Posted by wrk101
SPECIAL ALERT!!!

I STRONGLY URGE everyone within 150 miles of western NC to immediately stop checking C/L, as it is a proven fact that it is NOT worth your time. I will take care of all C/L monitoring for you, and let you know if the situation changes. If you do not hear from me, please continue to assume C/L is a COMPLETE waste of YOUR TIME!!!
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