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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.

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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
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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.

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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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