[TheThinkTank] selling bikes

Bobby Reginelli breginelli at gmail.com
Fri Oct 19 19:20:51 PDT 2007


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Maggie Fehling wrote:
> At Third Hand, we take in consideration the afore-mentioned quality 
> and labor but generally two savy mechanics say what they'd pay for the 
> bike if they wanted it and I price it at the average of the two 
> quotes. Its fair, quick and easy. 
>
>
>  
> On 10/19/07, *Paul Park* <pauljosephpark at gmail.com 
> <mailto:pauljosephpark at gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>     great idea, beth
>
>
>     On 10/19/07, *Velocipede Bike Project* <
>     info at velocipedebikeproject.org
>     <mailto:info at velocipedebikeproject.org>> wrote:
>
>         We do someithing at Velocipede that I like. Even though we do
>         try to set
>         the price of the bike using all the factors people have
>         mentioned, I also
>         like to ask people interested in the bike how much they want
>         to pay.  If
>         they say something ridiculously low, I'll give them a counter
>         offer that
>         is more reasonable, but still with in their means.  This works
>         for us for
>         now because our overhead is still so low.
>
>         I came to this method just cause I never know what to charge
>         for bikes,
>         and never have the time to do the research on each bike to
>         find out.  I
>         also like how it throws people for a loop and emphasizes that
>         we are here
>         to make bikes available to the public and while the money
>         helps us to keep
>         doing that, it is not our primary focus.
>
>         -beth
>         velocipede bike project
>         baltimore , md
>
>         > I actually can't remember if I've answered this question
>         before...
>         > Here goes:
>         > At the Bike Church in Santa Cruz, bikes are sold either 'as
>         is' (no
>         > wrenching done, although it is important to remember that we
>         all spend a
>         > lot
>         > of time and intellectual labor GETTING the bike onto a hook
>         in the shop)
>         > or
>         > as a mechanic's pet project. 'As is' bikes are typically
>         priced between
>         > $15-$75 depending on all of the concerns that everyone else
>         is posting to
>         > the list, and how much work needs to be done to make it safe and
>         > efficient.
>         > Desireability also plays a role in pricing. Bikes that mechanics
>         > (core/staff
>         > members) work over are priced by deducting the WHOLESALE
>         price of new
>         > parts
>         > put on the bike, and then splitting the remainder between the
>         mechanic and
>         > the shop. Thus, if a bike sells for $150, and there are $50
>         of new parts
>         > on
>         > it, the mechanic would take $50 and the shop would take $50.
>         The mechanic
>         > sets the asking price based on the amount of labor put in and
>         the
>         > desirability factors mentioned above. True, such systems do
>         result in some
>         > cherrypicking, so a bike has to be kicking around 'as is' for
>         a month
>         > before
>         > a mechanic can take it on, and, honestly, NOONE is ever gonna
>         get rich
>         > fixing up busted bikes in the middle of the night, no matter
>         how sweet the
>         > frame is.
>         >
>         > At BICAS, where I am about to rush off to a collective
>         meeting for, things
>         > are slightly different. the 'as-is' bikes are called
>         'pergatory; bikes in
>         > waiting' (which I just love) and though the factors for
>         pricing are pretty
>         > similar the prices tend to be a bit lower here than in Santa
>         Cruz (the
>         > bikes, overall, are a bit more toward the huffy side though;
>         in Santa Cruz
>         > we turn those back at the gate, no room, no desire to haul
>         other peoples
>         > metal recycling, whereas BICAS has a lot more room and need
>         for all types
>         > of, uh, 'bikes'). At BICAS the 'floor bikes' (those that a
>         mechanic has
>         > gone
>         > over) include in the price the RETAIL value of new parts, the
>         'as-is'
>         > value
>         > of the bike, and a designation for labor. The labor part is a
>         little
>         > unclear
>         > policy-wise, as the mechanic approximates the amount of labor
>         that went
>         > into
>         > the bike, but is paid as an an employee (each staff member is
>         allocated
>         > 4hrs
>         > of paid work/week to wrench on floor bikes, and if it is slow
>         in the shop
>         > staff can work on them then too). This is the main difference
>         from the
>         > Bike
>         > Church, where all of the core mechanics are independent
>         contractors
>         > (convenient for income taxes as well as being the actual
>         truth of how
>         > tasks
>         > are accomplished).
>         > Sorry that was kinda lenghty; I hope it is helpful.
>         > ride prone but ride proud,
>         > kyle
>         >
>         >>From: "Liza Mattana" <pedals2people at gmail.com
>         <mailto:pedals2people at gmail.com>>
>         >>Reply-To: The Think Tank <
>         thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org
>         <mailto:thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org>>
>         >>To: "The Think Tank" <thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org
>         <mailto:thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org>>
>         >>Subject: [TheThinkTank] selling bikes
>         >>Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 07:43:13 -0700
>         >>
>         >>if this has been answered before, can you link me to the
>         archive thread?
>         >>
>         >>    my questions is how does your org price used bikes? we've
>         come across
>         >>    some nice older bikes (bridgestone CB-0 and an old
>         stumpjumper), and
>         >>    we're trying to figure out a way to price them, kind of a
>         way to
>         >>    standardize the process.
>         >>
>         >>    we'll be turning them into commuter bikes with fenders
>         and racks and
>         >>    making them safe and rideable, but we're not doing complete
>         >> overhauls.
>         >>i
>         >>    know this is a tricky question, but any advice you have
>         will be
>         >>    helpful!
>         >>
>         >>    thanks,
>         >>    liza
>         >>
>         >>
>         >>--
>         >>Liza Mattana
>         >> www.pedals2people.org <http://www.pedals2people.org/>
>         >>Spokane, WA
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