[TheThinkTank] Example of Nonprofit + Commercial Shop Synergy?

dave ellis enjoybikes at gmail.com
Sun Dec 1 17:24:55 PST 2019


Same here, our two LBSs give us bikes and parts too good to toss out, things taken in on trade or upgraded, but not worth their time/energy.  They also have been great about ordering consumables for us at a discount, %5-10, depending on their mood.  They do not see us as competition.  They frequently send people our way who are interested in repairs on their older bikes and find current shop rates not doable.  We get a lot of their cardboard for shipping frames/wheels too.

dave

> On Nov 30, 2019, at 5:19 PM, Gordon Hamachi <gordon.hamachi at gmail.com> wrote:
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> My nonprofit gets old bikes, used parts and unsold merchandise given to us by local bike shops. Evidently when customers purchase new bikes they ask the bike shop to dispose of their old one. 
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> Sometimes partially good merchandise comes as part of warranty returns. For example, I got a high end Mavic road wheel set where the rear rim failed but the front wheel and both hubs were fine. 
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> Other times shops donate obsolete merchandise with limited value. For example, I got some old rear hubs with power meters built in, that I have not been able to sell on eBay, because the required receiver is not included. 
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> Establishing and maintaining a good flow of items requires someone who is friendly and outgoing.  Ideally, this contact person stops by regularly to see if the bike shop has any donations available for our non-profit. 
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> —Gordon Hamachi
> Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange
> Palo Alto, California
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