Bad time to sell gear?
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USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Bad time to sell gear? on 03/28/2012 14:07:35 MDT Print View

With sales on new gear now, sellers better lower prices, especially when new can be had for only a few bucks more. Buyer beware.
Duane

K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
Indeed on 03/28/2012 14:17:56 MDT Print View

Yea, I saw some montbell gear that was selling for more than you could get it on cleansnipe. But... Cottage gear deals will always live on as they almost never get discounted.

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
prices. on 03/28/2012 14:25:35 MDT Print View

Yes, it seems like there are more sellers trying to get higher prices (i.e. at "new gear on sale" prices) for their gear.

Back in the day, BPL Gear Swap seemed like a smaller set of folks selling gear at more reasonable, used prices, maybe with more of a "glad it's going to a good home with a fellow fourm member" vibe.

That's my thought, at least.

Of course, we don't have to buy, but ~high prices and bump/bump/bump threads are a little annoying!

Greg F
(GregF) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Don't Buy on 03/28/2012 14:29:11 MDT Print View

The market sets the rate. If people can't sell here or elsewhere then they will have to lower their price. Let the market set the rate. I don't see anything wrong with that.

Sellers should start high and slowly lower prices. Buyers should only buy at a price they are comfortable. Beyond that who cares.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: prices. on 03/28/2012 15:02:38 MDT Print View

Perhaps people are trying to recoup their membership fees?

David McBride
(VintageGent) - F

Locale: Galveston TX
Re: prices. on 03/28/2012 15:18:06 MDT Print View

"Of course, we don't have to buy, but ~high prices and bump/bump/bump threads are a little annoying!"

I agree that the bumping of sale threads has become an annoyance. I'm on another forum (non backpacking) with a selling subforum, and, in order to bump your thread, you have to reduce your asking price by at least 5%.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
ads on 03/28/2012 15:49:46 MDT Print View

the ads from gear buyer below the posts have a very positive effect IMO ... basically if yr price is more or not much less than the gear buyer price, yr scrued

the ads are advantageous to the buyers in gear swap ... and to BPL who is likely seeing some sales as a result of it

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
You gotta act fast on 03/28/2012 19:48:16 MDT Print View

I've posted wtb ads when I was able for old stoves and cruise the adds for gear, mostly stoves. I now visit BPL quite a bit for info and still looking for stuff to buy, never know. The most active buy/sell place I know of outside CL and eBay.
Duane

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Bad time to sell gear? on 03/28/2012 20:36:22 MDT Print View

Why do people sell so much stuff? I have only sold two pieces of gear on BPL in several years. One was a BPL Thorofare shirt that did not live up to Ryan Jordan's hype. I sold it when someone posted a WTB. The second item I sold was when I somehow accidentally ordered a under-quilt from Tim Marshall, instead of a regular quilt.

Maybe folks should quit buying stuff they don't need or research gear a little further? Most of the stuff I have bought that did not live up to expectations I give to people who may not be able to afford it, especially Boy Scouts and college students.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Bad time to sell gear? on 03/28/2012 20:43:17 MDT Print View

"Why do people sell so much stuff?"

Some of us just enjoy it, Nick. I know I do. It's like a hobby, really. I don't rebuild motorcycles, I don't collect figurines, I buy and sell backpacking gear for kicks (I certainly don't do it for profit!). It's relatively harmless, and better than smoking! ;-)

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Bad time to sell gear? on 03/28/2012 20:45:24 MDT Print View

Perhaps...
But it's getting getting close to the time where people start outfitting for summer trips.

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
It's definitely....... on 03/28/2012 20:49:17 MDT Print View

better than smoking!!!!!

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Bad time to sell gear? on 03/28/2012 21:11:47 MDT Print View

For the record, Doug DOES collect figurines. Erotic figurines.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Bad time to sell gear? on 03/28/2012 21:33:25 MDT Print View

"For the record, Doug DOES collect figurines. Erotic figurines."

Damn Steven, you said you wouldn't tell. Well, at least get it completely correct, Erotic Disney figurines! I know, who woulda thought.....

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Try it out on 03/28/2012 21:43:36 MDT Print View

I know Frank, one of the CA crowd I bp with some, he says many like to try gear out, then if they don't like it, sell it. Quite a bit of that going on here. Like the one topic about some needing the latest and greatest.
Duane

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
It's the on 03/28/2012 21:44:08 MDT Print View

unsavory underbelly of the figure collecting world: figurine erotica. Ha!

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: Re: Bad time to sell gear? on 03/28/2012 23:15:52 MDT Print View

"I know I do. It's like a hobby, really. I don't rebuild motorcycles, I don't collect figurines, I buy and sell backpacking gear for kicks"

Okay, you got me there. But maybe I could teach a little bit about buying low and selling high?

;)

Aaron Croft
(aaronufl) - M

Locale: Alaska
Re: Don't Buy on 03/28/2012 23:57:13 MDT Print View

I agree with Greg. If the items for sale are in good enough condition and a buyer deems it a fair price, then it's fine by me. I always do a price search on the net before I sell any gear, just to make sure I'm starting with a fair price. Yeah, there have been a lot of sales going on (Golite for example), but as far as I know, you don't see a lot of ULA, MLD, or Tarptent gear on sale directly from the manufacturer. Because of that, the gear swap is a great place to try out slightly used gear with the safety net of being able to resell if it doesn't work out, avoid 8-12 week wait times, and send gear off to someone who may get more use out of it.