Experience with selling a bike on Ebay?

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11/5/2018 6:42 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/5/2018 7:04 AM

Did a search, but the thread was several years old. I'm thinking about listing a bike on Ebay, and wanted to see what others experience has been. I've bought a lot of things on Ebay without any issues, and have sold some things, but that's been several years ago. Any tips, thoughts etc? Did PayPal hold your money very long?

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11/5/2018 6:49 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/5/2018 6:50 AM

Sold one a few years ago but didn’t ship. Buyer and I met halfway at a truck stop parking lot. Both the buyer and I had other people with us, I fired the bike up in the bed of my truck and allowed the buyer to climb up and check it out and start for himself. I never unstrapped the bike or let him ride it around the parking lot. Once he was satisfied we exchanged money and bike and went our separate ways.

My advice would be take someone with you and meet some place very public. I believe some police stations will let you meet in their parking lots. I would never let someone ride the bike or unstrap the bike before I get the money.

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11/5/2018 6:52 AM

I sold a few and always had a good experience, except once.. The guy came out and then wanted to negotiate the price with me, he had outbid other people and then was offering me less than it sold for. I just really listed it and sold it the second time.

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11/5/2018 6:55 AM

If someone wants to come look at the bike meet them somewhere other than your home to make sure they don't come back a couple days later and try steal it. In the UK most MX shops will make room for your bike if you need a place to meet with a potential buyer just to add security to both you and the buyer.

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11/5/2018 6:55 AM

Facebook Marketplace is my new go to. It is free, plus it gives you a chance to see who you’re meeting with. Helps eliminate some of the riff raff.

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11/5/2018 8:39 AM

I would avoid ebay. The tend to side with buyers. If said person buys the bike he could pick it apart to try to get more money off the selling price. Ive sold 3 bikes on facebook. Just be smart about it.

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11/5/2018 8:42 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/5/2018 8:43 AM

I sell a lot vehicles on Ebay. Do not drive it somewhere to meet them. The selling fee is around $75.00.

You can also put it on craigslist and offerup.

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11/5/2018 8:46 AM

I sold my 2016 SX150 a few years ago on ebay. Guy was from MD, I was in NJ, we met halfway and exchanged money that way. He just sent me a paypal deposit. I ended the auction early (no ebay fees incured). Easy peasy. Though its not ideal I totally get it. Our sport is anemic right now and the market is hard sometimes to sell a bike. I had to sell my damn 19 YZ250F to Ridenow (Stealnow) for $5800 with 6 hours on it after it sat on CL for over a month priced at $6400. Good luck man! I wouldn't hesitate, the more places its listed / exposure the better. I'd do CL, FB Marketplace, Cycletrader and Ebay.

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11/5/2018 8:59 AM

Sold one on eBay about 5 years ago to a guy out of state. He sent the deposit right away, I called him and he sent a cashiers check to me a few days later. I waited a couple weeks for the check to clear, then called him back and he scheduled a trucking company to come pick it up. The trucking company loaded it up and secured it in the truck. I called the guy about a week later, he said it arrived safely and that it was BETTER than it showed on eBay. I never heard from him again. WOOOO HOOOOOOO If I were that guy I NEVER would have done what he did, too many scammers. I've bought several bikes and cars on eBay, but NEVER sight unseen.

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11/5/2018 9:23 AM

do not take more than a deposit on PayPal. PayPal is the devil.

It's way too for the buyer to complain about a non existent condition to Paypal and they can snatch every bit of your money and you cant do a single thing about it

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11/5/2018 9:29 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/5/2018 9:29 AM

I sold 3 very high priced vintage bikes on EBay, even shipped one to Australia. The last one was around 8-9 years ago, before Paypal became unusable on any significant transaction. Buyers have all the power and can freeze the payment or get the charges reveresed. I would not sell via eBay if it involves payment via PayPal. If you can get a wire transfer I would think you are safe. The one nice thing with EBay is you reach buyers across the globe and if you have more than 1 interested buyer you can get a great price.
Anyway my thoughts are Ebay great....Paypal terrible

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11/5/2018 9:31 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/5/2018 9:33 AM

MaxPower wrote:

do not take more than a deposit on PayPal. PayPal is the devil.

It's way too for the buyer to complain about a non existent ...more

You can completely avoid any negative feedback or other problems from the buyer by only taking a small deposit like $10.00 from them, Then take the balance in cash or cashiers check (hold it until it clears) or wire transfer etc, then cancel the sale in Ebay after the buyer picks the bike up.

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11/5/2018 9:59 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/5/2018 10:00 AM

barnett468 wrote:

You can completely avoid any negative feedback or other problems from the buyer by only taking a small deposit like $10.00 ...more

Precisely. As a frequent seller on Amazon, Paypal, etc. The buyer is ALWAYS right in a dispute. When I sold my bike via ebay I just took a paypal deposit, ended the auction early with no fees and then did the rest in person.

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"Asking this question here is analogous to going to a KrispyKreme store and asking the patrons if you should have a doughnut."-NotCore

11/5/2018 10:25 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/5/2018 10:26 AM

I have run an eBay store for 5 years now and just make sure you write "NO WARRANTY" "No RETURNS" all over the item description area, List anything and everything you or someone else would consider "wrong with it", and do "Local Pick Up" only. If you do it that way, I say go for it.

If you ship and there's any issue in the shipping process or damage in transit, the return shipping and the loss seems to always fall on the seller. I get pissed when shipping damage happens on a $40 shipping cost item and I have to pay return shipping, but with a bike that would hurt way more,. Obviously your shipment would have insurance, but that's a pain in the ass too.

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