Best way to sell a bike?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Andrew_Culture, 18 Aug 2012.

  1. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    I'm selling my Claud Butler Dalesman and naturally advertised it first on here, but sadly no takers so I advertised on Gumtree and got three very excited enquiries, all of which dissolved into the ether.

    So it looks like eBay next (sigh).

    Unless anyone here can recommend a better path?
     
  2. I've sold a few bike via fleabay, and touch wood have never had a problem.

    Nowadays I tend to stick to buyer collects, I know it narrows your bidders but it's just simpler all round.

    If you do want to use a courier then Paisley Freight are generally touted as a good 'un with fair prices.

    If somebody wants to arrange their own courier and pay you with PayPal just be aware, a current scam is to do this, then say they never received it, then get their money back via PayPal. As you can't prove you sent it you will get shafted. Same goes for people collecting from you. Collection = cash, no paypal, simple.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Wise words. Thanks.
     
  4. Sandra6

    Sandra6 Veteran

    Location:
    Cumbria
    Local paper? Or an ad in a shop window/ notice board?
     
  5. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Location:
    Limoges or York
    Is the spring not the best time to sell a bike? I'll be selling one soon* but'd imagine late summer/autumn might be more of a buyer's market?

    WRT ebay, decent photos are best IMO. It's amazing how good some sellers are at the dim, out-of-focus, cropped shots that conceal so much. Even cheap digital cameras are no excuse these days. Not that I'd accuse the OP of any such practices!
     
  6. +1 for decent photos, (use a hosting site to post pics into the listing and keep the fees down), and also a very good, clear, well laid out description.

    I see loads of bikes on eBay where I think I could steal that, (due to the poor listing and poor interest), clean it up, take some good photos and re-list it properly and make more money.

    Just can't be arsed though TBH :whistle:
     
  7. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    eBay - I've got two to go on shortly, along with other bits and bobs
     
  8. OP
    OP
    Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Thanks all, I was a pro on eBay for a while http://feedback.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=lawsie&ftab=AllFeedback till their fees started going through the roof.

    I appreciate all your help, I've been away from eBay for a while so didn't know if it was still the place to be or not :smile:


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  9. Drago

    Drago Guru

    If its an XL sell it to me for a tenner. No annoying tyre kickers, no cold callers, just a swift transaction ;)

    Seriously, eBay could be the way to go if you've tried the obvious already.
     
  10. THIS might be useful if you do go down the courier route :thumbsup:
     
  11. OP
    OP
    Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Thank you very much.


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  12. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    shame it has not sold as looks nice bike as well
     
  13. Rob3rt

    Rob3rt Man or Moose!

    Location:
    Manchester
    You could try on other bike forums too.
     
  14. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Read my post about the problem we've just had with TNT wrecking a bike we sold on Ebay. Make it very clear to your buyer that it's their responsibility to inspect and check for damage BEFORE signing.

    UKclimbing has a pretty active bike forum.
     
  15. OP
    OP
    Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Gumtree came up trumps in the end and I sold it to a very nice man who popped over this afternoon. He was just getting into cycling and I think the bike is a good fit for him.

    I've had very valuable guitars trashed by couriers before, so you have my sympathies for your bike trouble.


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