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Old 11-21-2015, 07:02 AM
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I haven't sold a bike in 20 years & I need to sell 3 of them!

I know about using the classifieds on the web sites, But I need to barrow a Digital camera for pic's first.


I know about Evil-bay , But the scams & fees make me leery!

Same with Craig's list , any tips on avoiding the scams would be helpful.

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Go to your local tracks and hang a for sale sign on them. You have several tracks in your area.

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Craigslist is a great way to sell bikes. But you have to be willing to weed through some BS along the way. I just sold a 95 CR250 in 24 hours using CL. But I had stupid spammers hitting me up within 15 minutes of my ad going up.
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Craigslist works great. If you do a cash deal in person, you should have no problems. The typical craigslist scam is someone wanting to pay up font for you to ship the bike out of state. If you want to play it extra safe, you could agree to meet the person at a local public place. This way they do not know where you live. Keep in mind, if you are selling something that is titled, it has your name and address on it anyway.

The thing that irritates me about craigslist is, usually the first thing the person asks is "what is the lowest you will take". This bothers me because the person hasn't even looked at the bike yet. I usually respond with "what is the highest amount you will pay".
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I think all the above suggestions are great. I would add that most local tracks have a Facebook account and you can try to get it posted on there as well.
You can usually smell out a scam by the wording to a text or email. I usually do as 351Mustanger says and deal in person only and in a public place.
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Old 11-21-2015, 04:33 PM
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I just sold a 95 CR250 in 24 hours using CL.
You wheel and deal in bikes a lot more than I ever realized!

Howard, Craigslist can be a total pain but is a very solid option if you follow the advice already given. My other piece of advice is to be explicitly clear in your ad about the condition of your bikes, known issues, extra parts installed or included, set a fair price and make it very clear once again whether you are or are not flexible on the price. It's usually helpful too to state "cash only" or "would accept x, y, or z in trade" other wise you'll get the goobers trying to offer you an 87 t-top Camaro with a blown engine, a case of top ramen, some old wheels off of an unknown vehicle, scrap lumber and whatever change is in their pocket.
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Craigslist. I've tried the pay-to-print ad sites and have sold them all on Craig's before cycletrader, etc. In the past couple years I've sold at least 7 bikes within days of posting. The BS is pretty easy to smell, if they have some convoluted process for buying I dismiss them. Usually starting with something like I'm and offshore marine biologist and I want to buy this bike for my blah blah... I'm not working that hard. Local or nothing. Also, I always meet at a parking lot near my house with the bike so I can feel out the buyer. Seeing someone in person allows me the option to change my mind about selling without them knowing where I live. If I feel they are legit and "normal" (best way to put it) I'll let them follow me to my house for the papers. If there's no title, the Home Depot Parkin lot is good enough. Best of luck Howard.

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I always google the persons name to see who I am dealing with.
If nothing comes up, I am a lot more cautious.
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Here's what I got when I googled you ha ha

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Yikes!! You found me, HaHa
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Any luck so far Howard?
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Any luck so far Howard?
Wodword,

Nope, I haven't even advertised it yet, Need to barrow a good Digital camera to take some pic's & then start putting it in the classifieds of the different Web sites.


Took the 81' Maico 490 out a AHRMA National @ Rio Bravo & didn't even get one offer? I guess it too late in the season or to close to Christmas & everyone has spent their mad money?

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Rio has never been good for selling bikes. Of course, you already know this, but locally Diamond Don's in April is the event to take it to. I also would contact someone in TVRC and get them to put the word out on the TVRC Ning or Facebook page. The Facebook page is more active. Good luck!
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Craigslist isn't a half bad way, but you have to make sure to filter out all the trolls.
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thanks for the thread. I also have a bike, that I'm going to sell. But I have to restore it at first.
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thanks for the thread. I also have a bike, that I'm going to sell. But I have to restore it at first.
Not necessarily. You could always sell it as a project and let the next owner do the restoration.
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Have you got a smart phone of some sort i.e. iPhone or samsung the camera on them nowadays is moe than enough and you could do all the work on your phone to advertise it.
never failed me and believe me , between me and my 2 boys ive sold heaps of bikes , my advice
- present your bikes to sell like spotless , serviced ready to go
- if your shed is spotless and all other bikes in the shed are in the same pristine condition the buyers is quite aware that the bike he is about to buy has been taken care of and this also becomes a selling point for you
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Not necessarily. You could always sell it as a project and let the next owner do the restoration.
Yes, but the price can drop greatly because of that.
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