Pricing a bike for sale

General cycling advice ( NOT technical ! )
Bonefishblues
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Re: Pricing a bike for sale

Postby Bonefishblues » 31 Dec 2020, 3:02pm

I always photograph bikes on my maintenance stand - one purchaser said he felt confident that someone with the right gear had maintained the bike correctly, interestingly (it's also easier to photograph into the nooks and crannies, as it were).

As said, it's about establishing credibility as a seller, and giving the buyer confidence.

mumbojumbo
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Re: Pricing a bike for sale

Postby mumbojumbo » 31 Dec 2020, 5:45pm

Try a high price,and if it does not sell reduce price periodically,until a sale is achieved.A complex debate is quite superfluous.

Bonefishblues
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Re: Pricing a bike for sale

Postby Bonefishblues » 31 Dec 2020, 5:47pm

mumbojumbo wrote:Try a high price,and if it does not sell reduce price periodically,until a sale is achieved.A complex debate is quite superfluous.

TBF I think we're discussing and suggesting ways to help the OP make that 'tipping point' as high as possible :D

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Re: Pricing a bike for sale

Postby mumbojumbo » 31 Dec 2020, 6:00pm

Does ebay offer this facility?

Bonefishblues
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Re: Pricing a bike for sale

Postby Bonefishblues » 31 Dec 2020, 6:24pm

mumbojumbo wrote:Does ebay offer this facility?

Yes, if one uses Buy it Now

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Re: Pricing a bike for sale

Postby fastpedaller » 31 Dec 2020, 6:45pm

Bonefishblues wrote:
mumbojumbo wrote:Does ebay offer this facility?

Yes, if one uses Buy it Now

The last occasion (which was a few months ago) I considered Buy-It -Now they'd changed it, and in a nutshell
1) The advertising period is set at 30 days (I used to use 7 days)
2) Although (If a long-term or regular user) the advert was free of listing fees (just pay final value fees) after 30 days it would auto-renew CHARGING A FEE
I've found over several years that even with buy-it-now that potential buyers wait until the last day (or even minute) to buy it (who knows why - maybe in case something comes up cheaper?) This means you'll potentially wait up to 30 days for nothing to happen (or the renew fees to kick in :( )

I now tend to do as someone upthread and auction, just starting with the lowest I'll take. I've even tried auction with the 'make an offer' which has again been a bit puzzling....... All 'bidders' waiting until the last few minutes when they could have bought my item 6 days before for the starting price (or even lower if they tried?) I even had someone offer more than my start price for an item they clearly wanted badly.
I've even put in my advert "You may use the 'make -an-offer facility" and get the item a lot quicker than waiting for the auction end" and that hasn't speeded people's bidding. Very strange that people who want a good deal don't just try for it. A couple of years ago I got a montage folder which was at £12 at the time, by offering the guy £50 at 4 days before the auction end, and we were both happy.

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Re: Pricing a bike for sale

Postby patthebike » 31 Dec 2020, 6:53pm

wjhall wrote:Given that a buyer cannot know the fatigue or corrosion status of the frame, and the consumption of the original drive components suggests that a good part of the nominal frame life could have been consumed, you could try starting the whole assembly at GBP 200 DDP* up to 200 km.

*Delivered Duty Paid



Never heard of a nominal frame life of a frame. What on earth is that, and how long is it for?