[TheThinkTank] Craigslist Postings

Mark Rehder mark at re-cycles.ca
Fri Oct 26 14:43:50 PDT 2007

We've often joked about using eBay for some of the nice parts that  
have shown up, but don't want to go there.  I did use Craigslist in a  
roundabout recently do get rid of a Norco tandem. It ran fine, but  
was no great quality and paint-wise a bit ugly.  It was listed as a  
private sale and said "proceeds go to the re-Cycles Bicycle Co-op".

It was not complete subterfuge, as the bike was not exactly sold from  
the shop.  My brother had taken the bike from us in an incomplete  
state and added parts and got it running, and I had said don't pay us  
for it until you've actually got it done (he was doing us a favour  
getting that beast out of storage room).  He and is wife rode it a  
few times and decided a tandem wasn't for them.  So instead of having  
them return it to our shop we just posted the ad.  So theoretically  
it was his to sell.  ;)

That said, I doubt we would sell bikes straight through local  
channels like Craigslist for the reason Simon mentioned.  We pretty  
well sell every bike we make ready for sale (some are donated  
elsewhere), and it was only this ugly, awkward tandem that needed the  
extra help.  Quality parts stay in our shop, and excess standard  
parts either become part of our shipment to Africa, or simply  
recycled as metal scrap (and now that our local MEC store takes our  
dead tires for recycling our garbage now is mainly old seats and  
other plastic bits).


On 26-Oct-07, at 2:05 PM, Simon Z wrote:

> We've talked many times at collective meetings about using  
> craigslist as
> we have a huge inventory of used parts and bikes, but every time it  
> gets
> shot down.
> It comes down to the fact that in trying to be an affordable community
> bike shop, we are priced below the market value for parts, frames and
> used bikes. If it became widely known via craigslist that we were,
> speculators would descend on our project and buy up all the decent  
> stuff
> for resale online. We'd make more money but it would deprive those who
> use our shops for repair or bike building, which is our mission.
> Craigslist is definitely populated by bike speculators, at least in  
> our
> town, so we are hesitant to be a presence there.
> However, for a less established community bike shop looking to  
> build up
> capital or promote services, craigslist could be awesome.
> Simon
> Yellow Bike Project, Austin, TX
> Rich Points wrote:
>> Hey All,
>> Craigs has been a great way to clear the showroom when it's  
>> overstocked
>> or you need to raise some quick cash.  I just posted a couple of our
>> bikes on Craigslist and thought I'd share it with you.  Please have a
>> look at it and respond with your comments.  How is your collective  
>> using
>> Craigs?
>> http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/459346784.html
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