Your thoughts on bike sales timing

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  1. #1 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Sorry if this has been addressed before, I didn't find this sort of thread.

    I'm prepping some bikes for sale, meanwhile a CABE buddy tells me "they're falling outta the sky" referring to all the bikes available to buy right now.

    That got me thinking; is there an ebb and flow to vintage bike sales and prices? Maybe more coming out of the woodwork (or basements, barns) in the springtime creating an oversupply (and lower prices) and less supply (and higher prices) as summer winds down or maybe another time of year?

    If you're a seller have you noticed a better time to realize the highest price during one part of the year vs. another? Do you hold off on selling if you think there are too many bikes out there? Does when you sell vary by region?

    If you're more a buyer do you find lower pricing at certain times of the year?
    Parts sales could be discussed too but I'm mostly interested in complete bikes.

    PS I'm selling whatever the response but I'm just curious. Thanks for responding.
     
  2. #2 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    I find spring to be a good time to sell. Nov, Dec, Jan to be slow with the holidays. There does seem to be a rut currently and it may be due to the amount of bikes being found. High end bikes it doesn't matter, they always command.
     
  3. #3 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    I do best from late March to early June, then again from September to early November here in the Gateway city. Just seems to be my experience.
     
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    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    I think the refund season is the best time to sell. It does seem like sales are pretty flat right now. The converse of what Bikeyard said is also true, Low end bikes are never in demand.
     
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    Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike

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    Best time to sell is when you don't need too.
     
  6. #6 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    I have a Cannondale and an AMC Flash for sale. They're sitting now. All the other bikes sold quickly earlier in the year. It is so nice having space back!
     
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  7. #7 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    If you have good stuff to sell, it doesn't really matter when you list it.
    If you have not-so-good stuff to sell, it doesn't really matter when you list it.
    Just my
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  9. #9 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Yes but apparently Oct 2011 was a bad time to try to sell bikes because this one proved to be a tough sell. I would give anything to go back in time and buy it. I joined the Cabe the month after this was posted. http://thecabe.com/forum/threads/fs...n-imperial-balloon-bicycle-w-rare-tank.18699/
     
  10. #10 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline

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    An auctioneer friend of mine says any month starting with "J" is a bad time to sell. In January people are recovering from the holidays and June and July is vacation time. I agree with the others though. The good stuff will sell anytime. V/r Shawn
     
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    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    No sh/t huh????? That guy used to live about 5 miles from me too. He listed it twice on eBay, once for 799 and once for 750 and it didn't sell either time.
     
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    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Doesn't make much difference to me.I list a bike and if it sells,fine.if not,fine.never paid much attention to timing.
     
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    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Doesn't the Cali sell clock run all year round?
     
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    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    everything I've sold lately gets shipped east.
     
  15. #15 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    We operate on a 24-hour basis out here in California...

    :p J/K
     
  16. #16 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Riding a '37 Colson Imperial

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    I coulda had that bike. I was fresh into the hobby with a few bucks in my pocket. It was local too! A bike bud talked me out of it tho...wish I would've picked it up too:mad:
     
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  17. #17 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I have found if you have good and rare stuff, it doesn't matter what time of year it is. It will sell and for good money to.
     
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  18. #18 Posted Jun 30, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Thanks to everyone that chimed in, very helpful stuff.