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 <> wrote:
great idea, beth

On 10/19/07, Velocipede Bike Project <> 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.

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" < >
>>Reply-To: The Think Tank <>
>>To: "The Think Tank" <>
>>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.
>>    know this is a tricky question, but any advice you have will be
>>    helpful!
>>    thanks,
>>    liza
>>Liza Mattana
>>Spokane, WA
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