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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:18 pm 
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Tell me I'm wrong but it seems to me that people get a little carried away bidding on the bay.

Example: I tried selling a superb Carlton frame on Retrobike for £75, an almost identical one went on the bay (last couple of days) for nearly £200!

Moral?

If I'm looking for a particular item, frameset, whatever, I'll use a network of contacts to source them (or the less popular jumbles).

At fair - between friends/enthusiasts - prices.

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I do not know whether it necessarily is an eBay thing. See the Presto step through in my signature. Zero interested parties on Retrobike. I advertised it in the States and if I had five I could have sold them all the same day.


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Of course I hadn't 5. Jan didn't build that many.


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That's interesting...I had heard of a Hetchins frameset recent going on the UK bay for nearly £3k to the US and the cost of sending it was close to £200!

Apparently a dozen bidders after the price rose beyond £2k.

Not sure if there's a moral here - or maybe it's I should have tried my Carlton on the bay?

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Roadking, I am sorry, but do you mean with 'moral'?


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Probably a bigger and varied market on ebay, furinstance I don't know how many of the fixie scene frequent these parts :? but thats surely an aspect of inflated prices.


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Roadking, I am sorry, but do you mean with 'moral'?


In this context it's something like "a lesson to be learned". Gotta love the way you can twist English around.


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Okay, thank you

roadking wrote:
Not sure if there's a moral here - or maybe it's I should have tried my Carlton on the bay?

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You could have tried. It doesn't necessarely mean you de value maximalisation than, as the other way round is also possible.

In the past I sold quite a lot through Retrobike and other forums. Sometimes the stuff went quick, sometimes I had to wait a while. In the end I always got the price I was looking for and is reasonable imo. I am not a fan of eBay. I sold some stuff on there, but setting up the ad, the complexity of this institution and the distance in interaction with the people interested - it all makes it less attractive. It is not a community like for example Retrobike what makes dealing less enjoyable imo.


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