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2013-09-28 6:51 AM
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Subject: RE: Ebay - good bad ugly?

 Why? Just curious, as you sound super vehement about it.

So, question. I thought I was just being plain ol' vehement. How do you define 'super vehement'?



2013-09-28 6:56 AM
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Subject: RE: Ebay - good bad ugly?

So drawbacks of buying on ebay?

1. Fraud issues. rare, but serious dough can be lost.

2. Warranty issues. I have had a number of nice bikes over my years, all of them being bought from my LBS. 2 of them have had cracks in the carbon after use for more than a few seasons and they were replaced without issue for free (to me) as I am a loyal LBS customer and my LBS has very good relationships with the brands they carry. Warranty off of an ebay bike is undoubtedly not as painless. Bikes sometimes get problems. My LBS takes care of them.

3. Who is going to service your bike if everyone buys on ebay? Answer? YOU!, as LBS's probably would struggle to stay in business if all they could provide was service and they were unable to sell bikes at all.

4. I like supporting local businesses.

 

Otherwise ebay is fine I guess ;-)



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2013-09-28 8:21 AM
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Subject: RE: Ebay - good bad ugly?

I've bought and sold several bikes via e-bay.  My latest purchase this summer was a Cannondale Synapse - Hi-Mod frame - SRAM equipped with less than 500 miles on it and the price was < 1/2 retail.  It was basically brand new.  I've bought mountain bikes, road bikes and frames all with pretty much no issues. I am very patient to get what I'm looking for, especially in terms of condition.

I've also bought a ton of components from e-bay ... cranksets, cassettes, tubes, tires, seat post, handlebars et al.  So overall e-bay has been OK for me.

2013-09-28 9:05 AM
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Subject: RE: Ebay - good bad ugly?
Originally posted by Fred D

3. Who is going to service your bike if everyone buys on ebay?


Trusting somebody (anybody) else to work on your bike... that's a scary thought. NOBODY cares if a bolt was torqued to the right spec on my bike at 40mph as much as I do

but I get what you're saying :P
2013-09-28 10:36 AM
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Subject: RE: Ebay - good bad ugly?
Originally posted by Fred D

3. Who is going to service your bike if everyone buys on ebay? Answer? YOU!, as LBS's probably would struggle to stay in business if all they could provide was service and they were unable to sell bikes at all.

I don't entirely understand this one.  What happens if I move to a different city/state? Am I not supposed to get service at a LBS because I didn't buy my bike there?  Chances are, I'm going to spend more money at a store where I get service down the road.

2013-09-28 10:46 AM
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Subject: RE: Ebay - good bad ugly?
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Originally posted by Fred D

3. Who is going to service your bike if everyone buys on ebay? Answer? YOU!, as LBS's probably would struggle to stay in business if all they could provide was service and they were unable to sell bikes at all.

I don't entirely understand this one.  What happens if I move to a different city/state? Am I not supposed to get service at a LBS because I didn't buy my bike there?  Chances are, I'm going to spend more money at a store where I get service down the road.

. This was just my reasoning I gave to another poster for *my* opinion. This opinion is only valid for me. It's not valid necessarily for you, so if you don't understand, then no sweat. It really only has to make sense for me. I will say that its naive to think a LBS will give the exact same customer service to someone who buys a bike off eBay vs. off their own store.... But this opinion is only applicable for me, and that is what my reality has been)

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2013-09-28 10:49 AM
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Originally posted by Fred D3. Who is going to service your bike if everyone buys on ebay?
Trusting somebody (anybody) else to work on your bike... that's a scary thought. NOBODY cares if a bolt was torqued to the right spec on my bike at 40mph as much as I do but I get what you're saying :P
. In a perfect world I would do all my own wrenching but I'm very time compressed. I trust my LBS (and one specific mechanic) with these tasks and they take care of me. My advice is worth as much as your sig line suggests....
2013-09-29 9:58 PM
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Subject: RE: Ebay - good bad ugly?
How would a shop know if your bike came from eBay if you didn't tell them?

And FWIW, I have nine bikes. Some wrenching I do on my own, but a lot goes in to a shop. Trust me, they make mor profit for that labor than they do off a bike sale.
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