Micro-Hall of Wisdom: Selling moto parts gear tools on the internet:

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by REALGRAVEROBBER, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. REALGRAVEROBBER

    REALGRAVEROBBER LEAVING GRAVES EMPTY

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    So much of the fine writing on this website speaks about how we wish we could have more money for our motorcycling hobby, more time off, etc.

    I discovered that selling spare gear, parts, etc online is really effective towards this goal. In the 10 years since I've been selling (off and on) on eBay, I've sold about 3,000 different items. I find it to be overall a much better experience than trying to sell locally on craigslist, using 'for sale' signs, etc. Selling on eBay simply runs circles around any other method I know of in terms of throughput, net income, ease for the seller, and minimizing hassle (as compared to meeting some clown at a gas station and having him low-ball you on a fair price).

    I hope this thread can be positive and useful to help people sell their old parts, gear, etc online. It takes some patience and discipline, but has been worth it for me.
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  2. catweasel67

    catweasel67 Honda XRV 750 RD04

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    Where do you source your parts from? I don't mean specifically, but in general?

    Do you buy wrecks and part them? Or scour local breakers yards? Trawl e-bay for bargains and then resell?
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  3. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    I just sold a link to this thread on ebay for $6. Not bad.
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  4. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    I've made some extra cash selling off parts and old gear I no longer use, but it's never really more than a bit of extra pocket money, really. Plus, I've usually paid more for the thing to begin with than I get from selling it again, so it's not like I'm turning a profit.

    That said, I have once parted out a car and sold a lot of it on eBay. I did turn a little profit doing that, so if you were picking up parts bikes every now and then and parting them out online, you could probably create another little income stream for yourself.
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