eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

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eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby cray- » Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:24 pm

Noticed a lot of what appear to be roadside collection quality stuff going for $150+ over the past few weeks. Are we experiencing another fixie surge in preparation for summer? Here's an example of what I'm talking about: $169 for an unidentified frame after 15 bids with 3 days remaining. Am I missing something or is this some diamond in the rough.

If not, now might be a good time to have that garage clean-up and sell off a few things.
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Postby Zynster » Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:44 pm

I regularly see new, and sometimes even second hand stuff, going for higher prices than you can buy from Wiggle.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby Nobody » Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:49 pm

It's steel, has DA and 700C wheels. Good combination for a cheaper recreational/fitness bike. Reasonable quality steel frames aren't cheap new so it makes these a worthwhile buy.
If you have any similar bikes you should get a similar price. I spent a similar amount on a Clamont with 105 and 700C wheels. The bike is in my signature with the only originals being the frame, fork and headset.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby rogerrabbit » Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:56 pm

This particular bike is fitted with mid 1970's top-end parts. It has a set of black Dura Ace 1st gen brakes on it, which are very nice. Not particularly valuable, but this is an interesting old bike.

Shame it is about 6" too short for me!

It should fetch at least $300 imho

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Postby ghettro » Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:18 am

IMO that seems like a bargain, I'm assuming the frame is probably high end if it has dura-ace on it.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby familyguy » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:36 pm

Then again, there's something like this.

Is there something I've missed? Could you not build it up from practically NOS parts to match for less money?

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Postby lemmiwinks » Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:57 pm

familyguy wrote:Then again, there's something like this.


"Bullbars", "footnests" then there's the starting bid. Comedy gold! :lol:
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby brookts » Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:47 pm

familyguy wrote:Then again, there's something like this.


"The seat has some dust on it, which could probably come off with some TLC."

...A cloth or your hand might also suffice.
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Postby m@ » Tue Sep 22, 2009 3:13 pm

...that little bit where you put the air into the wheel...
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby toff » Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:49 pm

familyguy wrote:Then again, there's something like this.

Is there something I've missed? Could you not build it up from practically NOS parts to match for less money?

Jim

Oh... This one has made my day. The bike is not junk, but no way is it worth that much. It's worth around 1/10th of his starting bid.

Having said that, astute observervers will notice that the rear hub of that bike is quite rare and indeed collectible. It's a Record cassette hub with a 7-speed cassette. Most cassettes were 8-speed, and if you used 7-speed, you used an older screw-on cluster. I have never seen one of those cassettes in the flesh. Dates from 1989. That part might be worth a $300-$400 to a collector, but the rest of the bike looks like Athena to me, so hardly rare or valuable.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby cray- » Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:14 am

Hhhrrmm so I guess that was a bad example. My original point still stands, seems like less bargains around. Meh, nevermind.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby familyguy » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:10 am

toff wrote:Oh... This one has made my day. The bike is not junk, but no way is it worth that much. It's worth around 1/10th of his starting bid.


Prepare to have your day made, again! The Peugeot is back, at a mere $1500 start this time. Still 4-5 times what its worth.

Back to OP...I agree, bargains are few and far between. No way would I be able to buy my steel 501SL frame with complete Shimano 600 group for $67 now.

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Postby munga » Sat Oct 03, 2009 12:51 pm

and yet my mates basso funnybike f&f went for just over $200 a couple of weeks ago.

there are bargains to be had, you just have to be on the ball.
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Postby nickobec » Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:07 pm

I would consider a Apollo Eclipse for $305 excessive.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby cray- » Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:57 pm

nickobec wrote:I would consider a Apollo Eclipse for $305 excessive.

Yeah but you get a choice of "male or female seat"!
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby jonbays » Sun Oct 25, 2009 8:50 am

It does seem that collectable cycles has become the next ebay money spinner for the great unwashed. It's good and bad.
I have a few old clunkers that were just back pedal break roadsters that are now single speed fixies WOW that will maybe make me a few more dollars too even if the real bargains are getting harder to find. I think overall it's good for cycling in general that the value of S/H bikes increases with the sports rise in popularity.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby One » Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:35 pm

I just parted with an old steel frame, an indi 300, for the grand sum of $2 on ebay. It is going to become a fixie. I didn't cover costs but i'll think of it as a community service.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby One » Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:16 pm

eek... no. I described it as it was - rusty srcatches and needing a full restoration. Who'd buy a colnago fake anyway.
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby Dxs » Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:11 pm

familyguy wrote:
toff wrote:Oh... This one has made my day. The bike is not junk, but no way is it worth that much. It's worth around 1/10th of his starting bid.


Prepare to have your day made, again! http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Peugeot-Racing-Bike-54cm-Campagnolo-Gear_W0QQitemZ250505886522QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Sport_Cycling_Bikes?hash=item3a53507b3a&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14]The Peugeot is back, at a mere $1500 start this time. Still 4-5 times what its worth.

Back to OP...I agree, bargains are few and far between. No way would I be able to buy my steel 501SL frame with complete Shimano 600 group for $67 now.

Jim


http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250513247391

It ended up selling for $576 (i was predicting around that mark)


I was unfortunately the 2nd highest bidder. :cry: If you could find me something similar for a less price (and the right size 54-55cm), i would even give you a finders fee. :lol:
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby Thoglette » Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:29 am

amrjon wrote:Not suggesting their in the junk category, but has anyone noticed the mumber of 80's/90's "vintage retro ladies step through" bikes on ebay at the momement?


And with opening prices above $99 More if it has a basket!
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Re: eBay prices on the rise, good time to sell old junk?

Postby im_no_pro » Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:27 am

This Listing amused me greatly. Not because its an old clunker going for a bomb (its not), but the title just does it for me :twisted:
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