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Trouble Selling Bike.. Any ideas?

Having some trouble selling my race bike.

Its a nice Tottem Race, it could use minor tuning but otherwise in great condition. New price was about 850, though I got it second hand from an acquaintance who was leaving the country.

Its really taking a lot longer to sell it than I expected, even though pics show it looks brand new. Asking 400 for it, is that perhaps too much?

Any ideas of how to sell it quicker?

Thanks a lot in advance!

Ps.: for Mods. This isnt meant to be an add. Just genuinely looking for a couple of hints. Thank you
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Re: Trouble Selling Bike.. Any ideas?

Have you tried advertising (free) in all of these?

www.tutti.ch
www.olx.ch
www.anibis.ch
www.gratis-inserate.ch

In each ad, upload the maximum number of photos permitted (usually 3 or 5, I think), and make sure those photos are clear and appealing. No incomprehensible jumble of cellar-shelving behind the bicycle, but outdoors on the lawn, preferably in the sun or with good lighting, and taken from several different angles, including close-ups of the main features: gears, brakes, saddle, etc.

If there are any noticible scraches or other places of damage, photograph them, too, close-up, and declare them honestly.

Also, could you be more specific about the "minor tuning"? (= needs a good clean, or brakes need adjusting, or needs new gear components, or light cable needs replacing, etc.)

Make sure your ad is considerably more detailed that what you've written here. Check the maximum text you're allowed in the ad, and utilise it.

Include, for example, a link to this kind of bike (like people do when they are selling IKEA furniture) and info on ist specific purpose, and even to a positive cycling review.
Also the frame size and wheel size, and "suitable for a person x to y cm tall".

Also, some cycling shops / dealers also trade second-hand bikes on behalf of sellers, but unfortunately I know nothing of how this works.
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Re: Trouble Selling Bike.. Any ideas?

If it doesn't sell, it's too expensive.
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Re: Trouble Selling Bike.. Any ideas?

Hi Luisacl

There is a very good 'Bike Market' online for all of CH ... http://www.velomarkt.ch/veloboerse.php

As Doropfiz says, take some good pics, add a good description and put it on this market. There's currently 580 race / road bikes for sale, so you should get some interest.

Good luck.
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Re: Trouble Selling Bike.. Any ideas?

You might want to revisit your pricing. General rule on used stuff seems to be 20% to 33% of new price (assuming good condition) unless it's high demand like Apple products (then up to 50%+) or specialty stuff like figurines (then only 10% if that.) Also, great photos are best thing you can do to sell the bike
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Re: Trouble Selling Bike.. Any ideas?

Is it the Totem Rennvelo you advertised on EF? They can be bought brand new for less than 300 CHF.

https://www.gonser.ch/totem-rennvelo...liatemarketing
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Re: Trouble Selling Bike.. Any ideas?

I don't know much about bikes, but Totem is not a quality brand (my son has one and it was and is cheap)... 400 CHFs... you're kidding, right?
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Re: Trouble Selling Bike.. Any ideas?

These totem bikes are very cheap and heavy. This shop Gonser has a store on ricardo also, and the bikes usually close at 80-100chf, plus 30chf for shipping.
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Re: Trouble Selling Bike.. Any ideas?

Thank you for your replies.

After having revised the price, the bicycle was quickly sold (250 chf)

Cheers!

Luis
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