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 Post subject: Why can't I sell this
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 5:33 am 
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Sorry if it's the wrong forum but...

I need some advice why I can't sell this. I know items are always worth more to the owner than to a perspective buyer, but what gives? Priced too high, poor pictures, unknown frame builder, size, steel, location...?

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 6:28 am 
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Price is too high

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 6:46 am 
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There was a report about this post being in the wrong forum. I'd say it better fits in the chat part of our forum. it is a genuine question.

my answer is that the frame is to small for me.

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 6:52 am 
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You're going to get hit extra hard with devaluation when it comes to custom. Customization is worth something to the person paying for and choosing the customization. A second hand buyer in the market gets no value from customization, because they don't get to pick what is suited to them. Customization is only an upgrade for the person it was customized for. To anyone else it may be a sidegrade, or worse a downgrade. Generally count on custom devaluing the bike over the nearest similar off-the-shelf option, because custom adds an unknown element or makes the makes the market for it more niche.

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 8:01 am 
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What is it, why and where are you selling it and for how much?


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 8:07 am 
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What Marin said. From what I can tell in the picture looks like a nice frame, but takes a different person to rock cool frames lilke this.
Mostly everyone I know is on the batmobile looking carbon bikes.....


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 12:38 pm 
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You can sell anything... At the right price

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 12:41 pm 
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I think I remember the post, but I can't remember what the price was or what the size was.

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 1:42 pm 
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go4custom wrote:
Sorry if it's the wrong forum but...

I need some advice why I can't sell this. I know items are always worth more to the owner than to a perspective buyer, but what gives? Priced too high, poor pictures, unknown frame builder, size, steel, location...?


I'll echo the other posters in saying, OK what is it? How much is it? Etc.

So if the adverts were anything like this post, one explanation could be that you weren't giving potential buyers anywhere near enough information!


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 1:51 pm 
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The "custom" aspect puts off potential buyers. Also, they're a high quality niche builder, but the market for their stuff is pretty small. It would have to have a very attractive price to get traffic. I'd try to find a place with more visibility than here.


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In the case of a custom frame the graphic design is an issue as well.
You may had order it exactly like that and you think it looks amazing but I may think the paintjob is failed or indiferrent.

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 4:49 pm 
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I remember this ad. But cant really re call if its this sycip or your swift carbon frame, i may have mixed up the two but i remember that the deal isnt too attractive with the complete bike. Especially a custom made frame i think ppl would like to buy their own components to go with the frame etc. And the price is quite high for a 2nd hand frame.

Anyway, good luck with your sale.


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 7:24 pm 
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Have you tried selling it on Velocipede Salon?

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 8:51 pm 
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RDJEHV wrote:
Price is too high...
That is always the correct answer to "Why can't I sell this". Always.


With that frame, you have a VERY small potential buyer market. You need to have someone who REALLY knows what they want, AND they choose to get it from you.
OR you have someone who will settle for it because it is a bargain.

Do you want to know what it is truly worth? Put it on eBay. No reserve. You won't like the answer. I'll give you $50 for the handlebars. :wink:


For those wondering, here's the bike thread:
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=87620

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 9:32 pm 
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Yes, that was the original thread when it was built. I appreciate all the input. I have been asking $1800 for frame, fork, & cockpit. That doesn't seem too high to me, but I'm also in agreement to BikeAnon, I have a very very small buyer market.

Haven't tried Velocipede Salon yet.


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