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Selling Bikes on Craigslist

Old 09-20-18, 03:40 PM
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Selling Bikes on Craigslist

I am sure we all have our Craigslist stories. You can certainly have some interesting Craigslist encounters. I have recently rearranged and downsized my bike inventory. In doing so I listed four bikes on Craigslist in NOLA. I listed them Monday. They were all in top condition and priced very well. Tomorrow I will deliver the last of the four to a college student whose bike was stolen. As a bonus I am throwing in a decent cable lock. I did get one text from a spammer, but it was painfully obvious and because I had accidentally let my phone number populate the phone number field. I normally kinda code my number out in the text of the ad, and I do not provide an email address. Outside of that one text, I didn't have to deal with a single idiot. I must say that I am impressed. My prices were very good. I only had one person try to talk me down. Despite the bad rap Craigslist often gets, it has served me very well as a buyer and seller.

My best Craigslist deal was a barely used Burley Duet Tandem without a scratch on it. I was in Colorado when the ad hit CL here in NOLA. I called the guy to talk to him about it. I asked if I could in some way give him a deposit. He volunteered to hold it for me until I got back. It was a 2K bike and I got it for 4 or 5 hundered, I can't remember. I didn't try to talk him down it was such a slamming good deal.
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Old 09-20-18, 06:58 PM
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Sounds good. Thanks for sharing the story. Good luck.

Dont' forget to refresh every two days to keep it up top.

When I got my latest bike, I was searching both CL and Offer Up and found my prize in the older listings, after paging though LOTS of recent listings.
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Old 09-20-18, 07:19 PM
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I've never listed one on CL but did buy my RB-T and was glad to find it was not the 59cm he had listed but a 62cm. I do read the listings religiously daily. I have sold a few other things and generally have dealt with nice folks just trying to buy something they want. That's the way it should be.

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Old 09-20-18, 07:29 PM
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I basically did the same thing. I’m down to one bike now. That’s really all I need.
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Old 09-20-18, 07:35 PM
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The strange thing about this is that I initially listed the bikes on my club's FB page. I figured I would offer the good deals to people who are generally known to me, and that I wouldn't have to deal with idiots. One guy messaged me asking if the bike was still available. I responeded by asking which one. He answered by saying "sorry, I was just piddling with my phone." That impressed me as odd. Another guy asked if I wanted to trade for a treadmill without a power cord.
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Old 09-20-18, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
One guy messaged me asking if the bike was still available. I responeded by asking which one. He answered by saying "sorry, I was just piddling with my phone." That impressed me as odd.
I've done this accidentally too. It's a single aberrant tap that automates that message ("is this still available") to the seller. Not too odd.

I've had nothing but good experiences buying and selling nicer bikes on CL. Same experience with my other hobby of electronic instruments. I think more specialized/niche hobby items will attract like minded people.

It's when I sell more common/household items I've run into some interesting encounters.
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Old 09-21-18, 04:32 AM
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Originally Posted by subsage View Post


I've done this accidentally too. It's a single aberrant tap that automates that message ("is this still available") to the seller. Not too odd.

I had no idea that could happen. I learned something today.
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Old 09-21-18, 09:33 AM
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yup, craigslist is great. I've made many ppl very happy & vice a versa. if you get the price right, the bikes fly out of your basement. was thinking I would sell 2 but now thinking I'll hand on to 1 of them a little bit longer
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Old 09-21-18, 11:25 AM
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The value of Craigslist depends a lot on where you are.

If you're in a place with a lot of cyclists, Craigslist is awesome. If you're in a place like me where I can commute to work fot a month without passing another biker, Craiglist isn't as productive.

No one in Baltimore understands the concept of depreciation. Bikes are often listed at 80%-90% of the original sale price from years ago.

I saw one listing recently for a 9 or 10 year old bike that is still made today. The listing price was I think $800. The manufacturer sells brand new ones with improved groupsets and carbon forks instead of alloy for like $950. The seller thinks that because the bike cost $1200 in 2009, that $800 is a deal today. People just don't understand that the comparison shopper isn't comparing today's price to your original sale price. We are comparing today's price to similar set ups on new bikes in the store today. And then we are discounting your bike for being used.

In some places people just can't grasp the concept that I don't care what you paid for it. I care what it's really worth today.

If I want a cell phone, Baltimore Craigslist is great! It's fantastic! I can get great deals all day long. Really great deals. But bikes? I see used Wal Mart kids bikes all the time for MORE than you see brand new kids bike in Wal Mart. If it's used and has training wheels...you're never selling it for $200. It's never going to happen.

I mean there are a few listing for old 1980's road bikes for $20 and that's great. That's someone who understand how the 'garage sale marketplace' works. But there are a TON of "I bought it for $1500 and didn't ride it as much as I thought I would so now I want to sell it for $1400 a decade later" types.
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Iím down to one bike now. Thatís really all I need.
No! Thats Sacrilege!!!
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Old 09-23-18, 06:02 PM
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Chicago craigslist is a nightmare. I would sell a couple dozen bikes a year...6-8 years ago. Then the idiots started using craigslist. Everyone and their brother was selling bikes. Old Fuji's were one of a kind, super rare, barn finds. Weighing 6 pounds. Mint condition, etc. The common thing now is you list a bike for $200 and the idiots offer $50. As far as selling bikes on Chicago CL...its over, done, kaput.
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Chicago craigslist is a nightmare. I would sell a couple dozen bikes a year...6-8 years ago. Then the idiots started using craigslist. Everyone and their brother was selling bikes. Old Fuji's were one of a kind, super rare, barn finds. Weighing 6 pounds. Mint condition, etc. The common thing now is you list a bike for $200 and the idiots offer $50. As far as selling bikes on Chicago CL...its over, done, kaput.
ive found all my bikes on chicagoís CL. Pretty great deals, straight forward.
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I had a guy over today to shop my commuter. He took it for two test rides and decided it was a size too large. But in spite of the no sale it was a good experience. He was a Cannondale nerd and my bike is pretty rare and a unique build so we enjoyed talking about it.

But a guy was also supposed to come today to buy my home brewing system and he was a no show
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I've bought 4 bikes on CL - all have been good experiences.
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Old 09-24-18, 02:43 PM
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I used to work in entertainment and now live in what's politely called "a secondary market." Selling guitars and amps on CL has been feast or famine for me; for every knucklehead, there's a nice buyer who feels like a great 'next adoptive parent.'

CL seems somehow cleaned up in the past few years.
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I've had some decent experiences selling going back quite a few years. But my most recent was not so good. I advertised a quality Track bike, essentially new, priced it at half the component value (of actual cost not list). All I get are low low low ball offers. Had one guy agree to $50 less than I'm asking. Said he would have the money end of month. Time rolls around a he tries to low ball me as well. Meh, I really don't need to sell, just wasn't riding the bike.
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Economy is doing great thanks to ____. So people are spending money like its 2008 again!

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I purchased bikes on CL several times. Since I live in Phoenix, AZ and don`t have a car I asked the sellers ( both times living in Tucson ) if they traveled to Phoenix. They did and delivered the bikes to my front door. Friendly people in Tucson and no harm in asking...
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CL deals are hit and miss. You have to be patient and remain vigilant. One of my better recent deals was a Catrike Villager - BRAND NEW - for $189. Was purchased for an autistic male adult, who rode it for 30 seconds and didn't like it. I forked over the $189 and never questioned it (the $189 price set by the parents was a mystery to me). I flipped it for $900. Score!
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