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1956 Wideline spread all out on ebay :(

Discussion in 'Things I've seen on craigslist/Ebay etc.' started by jimbo, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. jimbo

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  2. Nortoniggy

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    He obviously thinks he will make more by selling it in pieces. Bit odd to sell the frame crossmember separate to the frame though. I could envisage somebody asking him how much he would want for the whole thing..
     
  3. elefantrider

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    Yes, it is sad. Motivated by greed rather than interest in preserving complete bikes in need of restoration. It should be illegal to break such a complete machine but he and a few others do it all the time.

    The problem is they are worth more in pieces. How much exactly, I am not sure. Maybe only 20% more?
    I know you have rescued many bikes, I have bought one from you, and a second one you had found and forwarded me the advert!

    There should be a Norton Rescue Society. NRS!!
     
  4. Danno

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    The Sandy Bandit accumulated most of his stock by buying leftover machines from the distributor and breaking them for parts which were worth much more than the complete machines. No idea what happened to everything when he sold out, but many whole machines could have been assembled out of leftovers.

    For most of us here, motorcycles are about fun and enthusiasm, but for some, they're just another commodity to be bought, sold and profited from.
     
  5. Johnnymac

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    Yeah, it sucks that he's shopping up the bikes. But I guess for some it's a god send if they are looking for spare genuine parts. To each their own.
     
  6. grandpaul

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    Although I've NEVER taken a bike apart to sell the pieces, I cannot and will not fault anyone else from doing so. It's a (mostly) free country, and as Johnny said, for some people it helps them get to THEIR goal.

    P.S. As long as you have time on your hands, it's DEFINITELY more profitable. Depending on the bike, and the spot market, the parts could go for twice what the bike would have brought.
     
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  7. swooshdave

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    It must cost a fortune for all those listings, especially when most won't sell right away.
     
  8. grandpaul

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    No, there is no listing fee for parts, just a 3% fee for final sale price for whatever sells.
     
  9. swooshdave

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    Did that change because I got charged the last time.
     
  10. grandpaul

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    Maybe it's because I was paying $15/month to have an ebay store?
     
  11. MichaelB

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    I don’t have a store but get notices from
    Time to time about ‘No Listing Fee’.
    I think they have one going on right now.
     
  12. grandpaul

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    Yep, I ALWAYS took advantage of those,.
     
  13. jimbo

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  15. Bernhard

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    On E-Bays so called no listing fee they will charge you if it doesn't sell!!!! so I avoid signing up to this and just list my items I want to sell normally - I only pay if I sell it.
     

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