Best place to sell a used high-end road bike?
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    Best place to sell a used high-end road bike?

    Thinning out my heard for the first time ever. I have a local ad on CL, and here on the classifieds. I'm thinking eBay may be my best bet, but maybe I'm missing something?
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    Facebook marketplace is pretty popular.

    CL is good. Some locations are better for selling than others. I've sold quite a few bikes on CL with success. You have to be patient for the right buyer and weed out the fakes and scammers though.

    ebay is not a great option. You lose 10% right off the top to ebay for selling fee. If you're going to ship it (most likely) you've got another $50-$100 for shipping and insurance. Plus 3% to paypal.
    You can try listing it for 15% over what you want to recoup those costs, but no one on ebay wants to pay s#it.
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    Crap. I'm not on FB and don't plan to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JetSpeed View Post
    Thinning out my heard for the first time ever. I have a local ad on CL, and here on the classifieds. I'm thinking eBay may be my best bet, but maybe I'm missing something?
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    I've sold 3 bikes on ebay with good results. The advantage it has over CL is reaching a lot more people. Include the shipping cost in the price. You could also try putting adds on the bulletin board of your LBS if they has such a thing. If your club has a for sale section do that too

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    Quote Originally Posted by JetSpeed View Post
    Crap. I'm not on FB and don't plan to be.
    I don't like FB either and I'm not on it under my name. But, I created an account with a fake name because I do like to see what's on the Marketplace and to check out other cycling related pages. I don't post, add friends, etc.

    If I want to buy something I use my wife's account to contact the person. Just an idea.

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    I've sold cars and bikes and bike stuff through Craigs list, price right and things sell for me in a week or 2. The only thing I would post on Ebay would be something that is a specialty item not likely to be of interest to many people.
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    Also consider http://www.theproscloset.com. You probably won't get as much as you'd get via Craigslist, but MUCH less hassle and I've gotten very tired of everyone on Craigslist trying to haggle me down. I list stuff for a very fair price (typically 50% of new assuming it's in excellent condition, less if not) and just hate when people want it for less.
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    There's also a classifieds subforum here on RBR.

    Post it there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChipper View Post
    Also consider http://www.theproscloset.com. You probably won't get as much as you'd get via Craigslist, but MUCH less hassle and I've gotten very tired of everyone on Craigslist trying to haggle me down. I list stuff for a very fair price (typically 50% of new assuming it's in excellent condition, less if not) and just hate when people want it for less.
    I bought my Mondonico from ProsCloset on ebay. I am not sure if they work on consignment of some other deal

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    I bought my Mondonico from ProsCloset on ebay. I am not sure if they work on consignment of some other deal
    They are no longer a consignment business. They buy stuff outright and re-sell it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
    They are no longer a consignment business. They buy stuff outright and re-sell it.
    They took my low bid so I was happy with it

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    A few years ago I sold a Trek Speed Concept on eBay, it was easy, but with a caveat or two.

    1. I had a great box from the on-line purchase of a bike from Jenson USA (CFO told me I had to sell one bike in order to buy another one).
    2. I happened to benefit from an eBay promotion capping final value fees at $25.

    I listed it with a "Buy it Now" price which I thought was on the high-end of fair, and it sold in four hours.
    I used Bike Fights for shipping, and charged the buyer what I was charged.

    Seamless, easy process. Initially I used CL, but dealt with the typical BS.
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