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    Pinkbike/Shipping bike request

    Hi All,

    I normally sell my stuff on CL but this time I posted my bike for sale in Pinkbike - I've a guy that is interested on the bike but he is in AZ and I'm in CA - It looks like a legit profile, and he has sold a couple of bikes.

    He will pay for shipping. Number one is this normal practice? Number two how much of a pain is it to ship? Thanks in advance!
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    I've shipped 4 bikes and frames recently and it depends on the deal you work out. Pretty easy once you have it boxed, just drop off at UPS or the like.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Thanks TB - if you don't mind, how do you normally arrange payment? PayPal?
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    Paypal is the preferred method. You (the seller) sends him a Paypal invoice to his email address. He (the buyer) pays for it. You wait till it clears, not before, and then box up the bike/item and ship it. Pack it well so as not to get it damaged in shipping. Don't forget to take pics of the box and its contents.
    Shipping is agreed during negotiations. Either you pay or he pays, but it has to be understood on who is paying.

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    Thanks guys, great info - I actually landed on that site ^^ the process seems pretty simple. My LBS will pack it for $50.00, let's see if we can make a deal happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    My LBS will pack it for $50.00, let's see if we can make a deal happen.
    Pack it yourself for free

    I've always gotten old bike boxes for free. Most bike shops have a pile of them out back and they're happy to let you have one (or 3).
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    Not hard to pack and boxes are free from the LBS.
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    Watch the dimensions over a certain size the price can jump

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    ...and don't forget insurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodmojo View Post
    Watch the dimensions over a certain size the price can jump
    When I sold my old Turner 5 Spot I unbolted the rear triangle and folded it up. Mailed pretty cheap.
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    Thanks again for added tips also for the insurance heads up. I sent him the estimate and no reply after that. At least I have it figured it out if I go that route or ever need to.

    I was surprised to be asked about my bike from AZ is an entry level HT, that had me a little suspicious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Thanks again for added tips also for the insurance heads up. I sent him the estimate and no reply after that. At least I have it figured it out if I go that route or ever need to.

    I was surprised to be asked about my bike from AZ is an entry level HT, that had me a little suspicious.
    Also, stand firm on your shipping estimate. IME, selling bikes online (I've bought and sold a few), buyers like to piss and moan about shipping costs. $100 is a reasonable amount for a complete bike if you do all of the packing and whatnot yourself. The actual cost of shipping may well be less than that, and while packing a bike is easy, doing it right and protecting the bike from shipping damage takes some time. Your time is worth something here.

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    Pinkbike has a good "Buy and Sell tips" thread that can be accessed using a link in the bottom left corner of the Buy/ Sell page that has a lot of good info about protecting yourself when buying and selling on pinkbike and online in general. Not sure why it surprised you to get a question about your HT from AZ, people ride mountain bikes lots of places and even entry level ones.
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    If you're having you LBS pack it then might as well have them ship it too since they'll get a much better rate. Wanted to ship a bike a couple states over and UPS wanted over $100 just for shipping. LBS packed and shipped it for $65.

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    https://www.bikeflights.com/ is another good site. I just shipped a frame last week, was less than 1/2 of the other carriers.
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    Thanks everyone! learned a lot even though I ended up selling it locally w/out any hassle.
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