[TheThinkTank] Selling Bikes Via Online ; Thethinktank Digest, Vol 165, Issue 10

Andrew Yee andrew at bikex.org
Thu Jun 18 11:51:45 PDT 2020


At bikex.org, we never envisioned selling bikes online. But we were already
using Square, and they have an e-commerce platform built-in called Weebly.

At first it was just a convenient way to display the bikes we had for sale
that were already in our system, and give people a reason to come into the
shop to browse or test ride.

But you couldn't turn off the ability to buy the bike online. Before the
pandemic, a few people started doing buying them online unseen, which
really surprised us. During the pandemic, it certainly took off and so we
started to really move in that direction and it has been quite successful.
Since Square powers our point of sale, and weebly is built in, it's all
been without a monthly fee.

I post a ton of pics and measure each bike carefully and we've surprisingly
sold a ton of bikes without a single test ride or inspection. And because
there is a lot of demand, we tell many people who want to browse, unspect
and test ride a bike, it's not the right time to buy from us (selling bikes
isn't our mission but covers our bike donations).

I've got it down to a routine now, and happy to talk to anyone about what
I've learned and what works and doesn't. I think decent photography really
helps.

Sent from thumbs.

On Thu, Jun 18, 2020, 11:08 AM The Recyclery <info at therecyclery.org> wrote:

> We're using Big Cartel for $10 a month, interface is pretty user friendly
> aside from not having a bulk import option. The backend (with shipping
> disabled) is pretty solid and good at constantly refreshing. We're eating
> the %4 cost to use paypal through the site and also using square appt
> scheduler to handle all booking for pickups and donations. It's all
> relatively not complicated to get set up and integrate all the things. That
> said, much agreed the difficulty is keeping it stocked.
>
> Hope this finds you well,
>
>
> *The Recyclery Shop <https://therecyclery.bigcartel.com>*
>
> *________________________________________*
>
> *The Recyclery Collective*
> www.TheRecyclery.org <http://www.therecyclery.org/>
> 7628 N. Paulina St. ▪ Chicago, IL 60626 ▪ 773.262.5900
> *The Recyclery is an educational bike shop that promotes sustainability by
> giving access to tools, skills, and opportunities for collaboration.*
>
>
> On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 10:12 AM Emily Gage <emily at phoenixbikes.org>
> wrote:
>
>> We use Lightspeed as our point of sale technology in the shop. Lightspeed
>> has a free ecommerce platform that we've been using (and like!). It's free
>> unless/until you want to allow people to purchase through the site. Setting
>> up the online payment feature costs more. But for us, we've really just
>> wanted a place for people to browse what we have so they can see if there
>> is anything they like before they book an appointment slot. We still have
>> them come in to test ride the bike, so they pay in person then.
>>
>> *Emily Gage*
>> Executive Director, Phoenix Bikes
>> 909 S. Dinwiddie St.
>> Arlington, VA 22204
>> Bike Shop: 703-575-7762
>> Cell: 703-346-0035
>> Web: www.phoenixbikes.org
>> Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phoenixbikesVA/
>> Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhoenixBikes
>> Instagram: phoenix_bikes <https://www.instagram.com/phoenix_bikes/>
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 10:54 AM Jack Murphy <jack at bikewalkwichita.org>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> We post both in the local Craisglist and Facebook Buy-Sell groups. The
>>> craigslist posting also works as our inventory listing, as we use that link
>>> to share what's available. Unfortunately it's empty now, since we've got
>>> nothing ready to sell today!
>>> We're also just using our website e-commerce site and PayPal for Point
>>> of Sale (POS). A bit clumsy but we get all the contact info for customers.
>>> Jack Murphy
>>> Bike Walk Wichita
>>>
>>>
>>> On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 9:47 AM Robert Rands <cheerfulharmony at yahoo.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Does any one have suggestions for selling bikes online?
>>>>
>>>> Using eBay or another format?  An ecommerce platform?  Using local
>>>> pickup.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> ~Robert Rands, SoPo Bicycle Coöperative, Reynoldstown (Atlanta)
>>>> www.sopobikes.org
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
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