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Old 03-05-07, 12:00 PM
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Old models, mark-downs at LBSs...

I was at the LBS to get a part swapped (I don't own a square taper crank puller, so sue me.)

I was looking around at the stock while the wrench was changing the part out, and noticed that all of the bikes there, including '06s and some '05s were still at what seemed like pretty much original retail price.

It made me wonder: what is the common practice with markdowns... do the prices get adjusted on the tag, or do you just see the original price and haggle from there?

I was surprised that there would be 2006 and 2005 and earlier bikes still with 3000+ price tags on them. I know a Campy Six13 is still a great bike a year later, but it has to drop somewhat in price based on the age issues.

Any ideas how it's done where you live/shop/work?
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Old 03-05-07, 12:22 PM
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I was just at my local REI and they had a few 06 Cannondale CAAD 8's left over. They had a $1900 full ultegra model marked down to $1199. I thought that was a pretty good deal but I'm about 1 more bike away from a divorce.

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Old 03-05-07, 12:26 PM
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I saw some '06 Cannondale's at a LBS marked down by about $500. Maybe one could negotiate a little better yet??? It is really a supply vs demand situation though.
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Old 03-05-07, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by spessx
I'm about 1 more bike away from a divorce.

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Old 03-05-07, 12:30 PM
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Yeah, I just got an '06 specalized for $200 off at the LBS. My first road bike, and I considered it a great deal.
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Mark down

I just purchased a 2006 Tarmac Comp for $1500.
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Originally Posted by spessx
I was just at my local REI and they had a few 06 Cannondale CAAD 8's left over. They had a $1900 full ultegra model marked down to $1199. I thought that was a pretty good deal but I'm about 1 more bike away from a divorce.

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Then buy it and send it to me! I've got plenty more bikes to go before a divorce looms.
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Old 03-05-07, 12:40 PM
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There could be a couple reasons why the prices havn't changed,
1, they're still selling fairly well at that price ( or hopes someone will offer to buy it at the price on the bike).
2, the owner is leaving them high so that he can personally offer you a discount on the bike.
3, wants to leave you some room to bargain him down (letting you fell good for being a haggler)
4, he's just too lazy to change the price.

If you want one, make an offer (reasonable but a bit low, who knows it might work), or just plain ask why they havn't changed the prices on older models.
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I got $1100 CDN off of an '06 LOOK 585.

But they changed the decals for the '07s so it is already out of date. I'll have to live with it I guess.
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Old 03-05-07, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by spessx
I thought that was a pretty good deal but I'm about 1 more bike away from a divorce.
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Buy 2 bikes...
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Old 03-05-07, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by superslomo
I was at the LBS to get a part swapped (I don't own a square taper crank puller, so sue me.)
Then why werent you at the LBS getting a crank puller????

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Old 03-05-07, 01:18 PM
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I had my LBS order me a 2006 from the manufacturer...MSRP $2700 + tax = $ 29xx....but I paid $1800 total out the door.

Not having to settle for an 06 hanging/handled in the shop for a year AND getting a new one in my exact size for $1200 off was a great deal (since then I have turned some of my friends on to this deal and now there's 4 of us riding the same friggin bike......time to start upgrading parts witht the money I saved :-)

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Old 03-05-07, 01:46 PM
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I wasn't buying a crank puller because I have a Shimano group, that had an older bottom bracket that had a really stiff, gritty feeling to it. I was putting in an Octalink BB instead, and wouldn't really need a crank puller for anything in the future.

I haven't done that repair in the past, and don't expect it to come up much, so it was just easier to do it this way. I am gingerly getting myself more familiar with wrenching stuff, but the reality of buying $20-$30 worth of tools to do a job I can't imagine having come up again any time soon seemed, well, stupid to me.

Just my own humble opinion on that.
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Yea $25-$30 in tools...but how much did the LBS charge you to pull the BB? And install the new one?

Either way that is OT...back on topic, my LBS has their leftover stock cut like 15%-20% off MSRP. One member here just bought a C'Dale CAAD8 for 20% off and was able to swap out the ****ty WH-R550s for a set of Maciv Askiums which aren't top of the line but sure are better than the 550s.
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Old 03-06-07, 05:38 AM
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I bought my '06 Trek 5200 at the LBS about 2 months ago for $1700. From what I've read it had listed for $2500 originally?
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