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Old 07-18-08, 07:42 AM
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Best Place To Sell A Bike

Iím toying with the idea of selling my current road bike and buying a new one. Anyone have an opinion on the best venue to sell (local newspaper, Craigslist, Ebay, flyers at the supermarket or all of the above)? I live in a mid to large metropolitan area and the bike in question is a í04 Zurich. Of course Iím looking for the best target audience and the least hassle. What has worked the best for anyone here who has sold a bike?
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Old 07-18-08, 07:57 AM
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I would say CL. "Bike people" like us usually look on there every day for new deals. Plus it's free!
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Old 07-19-08, 12:20 AM
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CL is pretty risky. Accept only cash (no checks, especially cashier's checks or money orders -- lots of those forged ground around), and meet in a public location, preferably bring 1-2 buds with you. Of course, bring proof you own the bike so the buyer knows that the bike's owner was the person he/she bought from, rather than it being someone who used a easily broken cable lock a couple days earlier.
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Old 07-20-08, 07:41 PM
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I rebuild/refurbish bikes regularly and always sell them on craigslist. Never had a problem. Cash is always a good idea...
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Old 07-20-08, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by mlts22 View Post
CL is pretty risky. Accept only cash (no checks, especially cashier's checks or money orders -- lots of those forged ground around), and meet in a public location, preferably bring 1-2 buds with you. Of course, bring proof you own the bike so the buyer knows that the bike's owner was the person he/she bought from, rather than it being someone who used a easily broken cable lock a couple days earlier.
I don't do it anymore, but when I sold a few bikes on CL I used to meet them in a public place, usually the fast restaurant parking lot on the corner. If they wanted to test ride, I'd ask them for id.
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Old 07-20-08, 08:07 PM
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eBay will give you national coverage which might be an advantage if it is a high $ bike. Cl = no shipping hassles and costs. If there is a cycling club you might find a knowledgable person to sell to. Talk to a LBS.
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Hummmm...good things to think about. Thanks for the imput everyone.
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