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Old 10-15-15, 01:05 PM
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Buying and selling in the USA

Hi!

A little off topic. But if I want to buy/sell any bikes/parts privately in Canada the best is usually Kijiji or Craigslist.

Does anyone know what is popular? What do people use in California? Texas? New York?

Any help appreciated.

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Ebay?
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Ebay?
Yes I know Ebay and Amazon is great. But what if you wanted to sell your bike in your home city? and wanted to use a free classified. What would you use?

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I've sold 4 bikes in my hometown using craigslist.
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I've sold 4 bikes in my hometown using craigslist.
Thanks! I will try Craigslist.
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Sold 5 bikes, bought three on CL.
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howdy!

when I lived in Indianapolis, I bought several vintage steel bikes off of CL. One guy in particular seemed somewhat shady to me because when I showed up he had a large garage in an apartment complex full of top quality vintage bikes. It appeared as if he had a small shop in there where he fixed them up to sell or whatever. i don't know why, but it felt like they might have been hot. I bought the one I was looking at anyway ����. That guy would list each one individually on CL, and the pages were flooded with his posts.

then, while living in Alaska, I came across this guy who basically had a junkyard, but he advertised bikes on CL. When I showed up he just had a bunch of old bikes laying around and you could build up anything u wanted and it costs $25. I hadn't realized that was the deal and didn't being any tools with me, so he leant me some wrenches. Most of what he had was crappy bso's, but he did have a sweet old Raleigh who's serial numb said it was made at the Nottingham factory. Bought it on the spot for, you guess it, $25. I also got an awesome Trek 800 and put on a set of decent wheels he had laying around. That place was awesome...
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Here in Oklahoma there is a facebook group called Oklahoma Bicycle Garage Sale. It is frequented pretty much only by cyclists, so you don't have to wade through all the crap that comes up on Craigslist. I would imagine that there are similar groups elsewhere, especially in areas with a more established bike culture.
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For little things that can be shipped for $5 to $10, E-Bay (and Amazon) are King.

For the big things like bikes ($50 - $100 shipping), sell them locally via Craigslist and save on the shipping. Although, perhaps once you hit up to $1000 bikes, that extra shipping cost gets minimized.
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Ebay can also be an option if you sell with "local pickup only". You still have to pay Ebay fees, but don't have the hassle of shipping, and worrying if it gets damaged or lost.
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There are people out there, many of them former LBS mechanics, who semi retire by fixing up old bikes and selling them. They get them from customers, police auctions, sames places we look. Some of them are very careful to stay away from stolen bikes. Of course Toronto had one really bad apple that gave many people an undeserved bad rep.

I've used a mechanic who has a basement workshop. Used to own his own shop, now over 65, doesn't want the hassle of a big shop, but wants to keep his hand in and make a few $$. I think he is pretty smart.
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Craigslist and there's also varagesale.com (virtual garage sale). But my best luck for selling anything (not just bikes) has been with Facebook garage sale groups; there's bound to be some in your area.
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Ebay can also be an option if you sell with "local pickup only". You still have to pay Ebay fees, but don't have the hassle of shipping, and worrying if it gets damaged or lost.
That would depend on the location.

It is rare that I find any interesting bicycles/parts on E-Bay within 100 miles of home. I've picked up a few tools or hardware in Portland that I bought on E-Bay.

There are often auctions floundering on E-Bay with "Local Pickup" 2000 miles away that I can't bid on

You limit yourself significantly by doing Local Pickup Only. Perhaps only useful in huge metro areas.
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That would depend on the location.

It is rare that I find any interesting bicycles/parts on E-Bay within 100 miles of home. I've picked up a few tools or hardware in Portland that I bought on E-Bay.

There are often auctions floundering on E-Bay with "Local Pickup" 2000 miles away that I can't bid on

You limit yourself significantly by doing Local Pickup Only. Perhaps only useful in huge metro areas.
I sold a bike locally that way, and am not in a huge metro area. It's just another option. List it various ways and increase the odds.
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Thanks for all the replies! I will try as many options as possible. I am trying to get more access, advertising and sales in the USA for the Maya Cycle bicycle trailer. It's a small family business but I'm trying my best to help out!
It's tough but I will use any recommendations.
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