Anyone with a prolific ebay account want to sell my bikes on commission?

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  1. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    ...I have been thinking about hawking most of my stable and I know I can likely get the best price on ebay. Only deal is I dont sell on there and even if I decided to, Id have a brand new account, no feedback, all that stuff.
    I could send my bikes, you could part them out, sell them as a whole, whatever makes the most money. Or I could just take pics, give info, etc.
    Anyone want to make some money?
     

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  2. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    By the way, if you have 2 posts and i dont know you, dont bother responding.
     
  3. douglas

    douglas Chocolate Milk Doug

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    shipping bikes=pricey, wouldnt it make sense for you to ship direct to the highest bidder?
     
  4. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    It probably would, but if someone's that particular about what they sell and wants the items in hand, it may be that sending the bikes is the better way, especially if they want to part out.
    It's all up to whoever, if anyone does, wants to do it.
     
  5. 4xBoy

    4xBoy Turbo Monkey

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    I'll do it, I will even send you a check today for 50,000 American dollars I just ask you send me the bikes and a check back in the amount of 2,000 dollars. :twitch:
     
  6. jsh191

    jsh191 Monkey

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    a few questions...

    what kind of "commission" are you talking about?

    how much stuff do you have for sale?

    ultimately, how would you like to handle the shipping, listing situation?

    i have a well established account, and have sold bikes/components in the past... would be up for it (potentially).

    help me help you...
     
  7. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    I got a couple full bikes that I could sell complete. A cheap roadie with some nice parts and a nice (albeit 02 model) MTB with very nice parts all around.
    Also I have another nice HT frame which could stand to go.

    I have no doubt that listing the pieces individually would bring in more money, but would also be alot more time consuming, and managing the sale, shipping, listing, etc. That's where Im fairly clueless, inexperienced.

    As for how much "commission" how much is one's time worth? I dont know where to begin.
     
  8. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    why do you mtbr.com classifieds so much?
     
  9. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    :confused:

    I've never used MTBR classifieds to buy or sell anything.
     
  10. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    yo BS,

    i can do this for you in that i'll post an ad and field questions (by forwarding them to you) if you keep the bikes but send pics. then you would ship 'em direct.

    http://myworld.ebay.com/toshiclark/
     
  11. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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  12. johnbryanpeters

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    I think you ought to figure it out yourself. Sell a few odd parts to get your feet wet. Accept only PayPal as payment. Don't flame your buyers in feedback.

    It ain't all that hard.
     
  13. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    Well what do you think? Should I bust all this stuff down and send you pics of the mulititude of parts w/ descriptions? Do people tend to get near the value of a bike if it's a complete? I got thomson stems/seatposts and stuff on them, that I know sell high on their own, yet the frames, probably arent worth that much. (o2 AC1, Giant Alu road frame, Cove Handjob)
    It's a call I cant make, cause i never sold on ebay.
     
  14. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    i think you're going to get way less than you might expect. eBay has a glut of everything, and it's hard for buyers to pick items out of the morass.

    on second thought, i actually think jbp has a good suggestion: part out a few of the pieces to get some feedback, and then list the rest.

    my personal strategy is no reserve, $0.01 starting bid, and "listing" the advertisement in the classifieds here, on pinkbike, on nsmb, and on mtbr's paid classifieds if it's big like a frame or a fork. in these "listings" i just describe the item and provide a link to the eBay ad.
     
  15. Konabumm

    Konabumm Konaboner

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    Heres an idea - try RM Classifieds :lighten:
     
  16. johnbryanpeters

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    There are some timing issues also. You don't want your auction to close on a weekend or on a holiday. Most people buy during business hours. You want it to close with plemty of bidders available so they can get in bidding wars, which can escalate prices most pleasingly.

    Good folks in general, but a very limited market compared to eBay.
     
  17. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    If you don't care how much they sell for, then you might get a nice surprise in the end at the final price. I use DHL for bikes because they have been good and are a lot cheaper. My DH bike (48 pounds and a HUGE box) was only $40 coast to coast with $2k of insurance.
     
  18. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    Alrighty, might just go solo then, no real rush I suppose. Thanks for the info.
     
  19. Quo Fan

    Quo Fan don't make me kick your ass

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    Here. I'm just not sure where "here" is.
    Sell a couple of low-buck items first, to build your rep, buy a couple of things and pay for them when you win the auction. Look at what others are selling and their shipping costs. Don't forget to add some to cover your insertion fees and shipping supplies.
     
  20. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    Or just talk to MMcG , if any one can sell a Bike he can!!
     
  21. stinkyboy

    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    Keep in mind the time of year as well. Many people might be broke because of the holidays.

    I lost my ass on my last Chameleon, and a buddy just came up on a very, very sick new Bullit for half the build cost. Seller was pissed as he thought a 2K reserve would bring many offers. He failed.

    My buddy is more of a roadie and scared of falling down the mountain, so I'll post pix when I buy it from him...
     
  22. johnbryanpeters

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    Is that a disease particular to roadies? One of my riding friends has the same problem - an absolute terror of falling off.
     
  23. stinkyboy

    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    I think it might be. A buddy who I rode a lot of XC with a few years ago was always freaked, and because of that he always crashed.

    He even explained to me on a ride that if he got hurt, we could stash the bikes and I could walk/carry him back to the truck.

    :disgust:


    Edit: He moved back to the East Coast with his 3 Klein Mantras. I'm just sayin'...
     
  24. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    isn't BMXman a professional ebay seller?
     
  25. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    What bike(s) are you keeping?
     
  26. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    I think he is. I just would rather take less money than to hassle with this myself, but whatever.

    Im not riding my bikes and they arent getting any newer, so it seems I should just cut bait now and get what I can out of them.

    BTW opie, Im planning on buying some touring/trail/commuter bike with the proceeds.
     
  27. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    I approve.
    :)
     
  28. stinkyboy

    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    I hate that I'm posting this, but:

    What size is your Handjob, and do you have pix?
     
  29. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    It's a size M either 17 or 17.5 and fits me 6ft w/ a 110 stem.

    It's olive drab green in great condition w/ just a few scratches/cable rub. No dents, gouges, anything. Im a total poser.

     
  30. stinkyboy

    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    I'm 6'1" but ride a 19" Stinky, a 21" A, and my last Lizard and my Vagrant is an XL.

    I think you're 5'9"

    How much for everything pictured?
     
  31. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    4 bills, just like that. King, thomson, etc.
     
  32. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    $400? Isn't that seat post like $150?
     
  33. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    Tired of it sitting in my basement Ope.
     
  34. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    I don't blame ya one bit. Especially since you've got all that wood to store.
     
  35. johnbryanpeters

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    Goddam you tempt me, boy...
     
  36. BurlyShirley

    BurlyShirley Rex Grossman Will Rise Again

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    I take Lowe's/Home Depot gift cards in lieu of cash. :busted:
     
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    this is how all good scams get started ;)
     
  39. blue

    blue boob hater

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    I skipped all of the banter and just to give you an idea, most eBay places charge 15-30% to list an item. I charged a shop I used to work for 20% when I listed their crap on eBay.
     
  40. 4xBoy

    4xBoy Turbo Monkey

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    It might be the one and only time I pay 4 bills for a handjob.