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What determines the cost of a bicycle if it is used?

Old 07-13-13, 06:30 PM
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What determines the cost of a bicycle if it is used?

Title says it all.
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Old 07-13-13, 07:00 PM
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Everything.

Brand, condition, year made. Brand.
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Old 07-13-13, 07:40 PM
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Pretty much the same things that determine the cost of a bicycle when its new.
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Old 07-13-13, 07:42 PM
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Type, condition, age, manufacturer, desirability, rarity, if someone we know once owned it and what someone is willing to pay for it. Some bikes weren't worth much new and aren't worth much used.
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Supply and demand.
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Old 07-13-13, 08:14 PM
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Like everything else, it's worth what somebody is willing to pay for it. A few years ago I paid WAY too much for a 1930s Schwinn, and was happy to do it: it had been my dad's when he was a kid and got left behind when his family moved from San Francisco. By absolute coincidence, I stumbled on it in a bike shop in Portland (his name was scratched on the handlebars). Like a dumbass, I called him from the shop to verify and the owner heard me. The $50 tag disappeared while I was on the phone, miraculously replaced by a $150 one.
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Old 07-30-13, 02:48 PM
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value to the purchaser and every market (city/state) is different.

I once drove 4 hrs round trip for a $20 bike. he was asking $25 but I negotiated him down ... on that occasion that's what that bike was worth to this person.

a good way to find out what you should charge would be to search for the same bike in your area. if there are 10 being sold for $200-$300 then it wouldn't make sense to sell yours for $50 or $500.
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Old 07-30-13, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Supply and demand.
These are the only 2 variables that determine cost.
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Two things.

1) What someone is willing to buy it for.
2) What someone is willing to sell it for.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Supply and demand.
Exactly.
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Originally Posted by Velo Dog View Post
Like everything else, it's worth what somebody is willing to pay for it. A few years ago I paid WAY too much for a 1930s Schwinn, and was happy to do it: it had been my dad's when he was a kid and got left behind when his family moved from San Francisco. By absolute coincidence, I stumbled on it in a bike shop in Portland (his name was scratched on the handlebars). Like a dumbass, I called him from the shop to verify and the owner heard me. The $50 tag disappeared while I was on the phone, miraculously replaced by a $150 one.
Ain't Portlandia sweet?
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I find the title ambiguous. I first read it as the cost to operate a bicycle, as in total cost per mile for example. Others seem to be interpreting as the price for purchasing/selling a bike. Which is it?
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re: "the cost to operate a bicycle"

there's always another way to look at things isn't there?
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If the seller don't know what he's selling you can have real good deals.
3 years ago I bought a 1984 Bianchi in very good shape with a saddle bag, a vintage disc Wheel, vintage look pedals, a spare handle bar and a spare stem for 80$. One of my coworker wanted to get ride of the ''Junk'' in the basement of the house he had just bought...
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Old 07-31-13, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Dead Roman View Post
These are the only 2 variables that determine cost.
But there's a gazillion factors that can go into determining "supply" and "demand". And the factors vary from person to person.
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Old 08-04-13, 07:56 AM
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The two things that come to mind is how knowledgeable the seller is, and what the buyer is willing to pay.

A lady in the bent club in Omaha bought a really good condition Easy Racer with a fairing for $200 at a garage sale. On the other hand I sold my first bent a 3 year old Rans Tailwind for only $200 less than I paid for it new.

About the best advice there is, is to be a knowlegeable buyer.
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Old 08-07-13, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
But there's a gazillion factors that can go into determining "supply" and "demand". And the factors vary from person to person.

And they all fall under either "supply" or "demand"
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