Can't believe an Alipinlite and ULA Catalyst isn't in demand
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Shawn Peterson
(afterdarkphoto)

Locale: Nor Cal
Can't believe an Alipinlite and ULA Catalyst isn't in demand on 09/19/2013 16:00:45 MDT Print View

I've had a brand new with tags on it WM Alpinlite Bag and a ULA Catalyst used once for sale in the gear swap for over a month. They are listed at ridiculous prices but I have minimal interest. I know its sorta the "off season" but the two offers I did get on the bag were so low I just couldn't let it go....

I pose this question....is the market flooded with high end gear and the demand is low or is it that the items are high priced items (in the grand scheme of things) and its not peak season?

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=82002

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Can't believe an Alipinlite and ULA Catalyst isn't in demand on 09/19/2013 16:04:13 MDT Print View

Your advert has only been up two days, sometimes things can take a week to sell.

Dena Kelley
(EagleRiverDee) - M

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
"Can't believe an Alipinlite and ULA Catalyst isn't in demand" on 09/19/2013 16:24:34 MDT Print View

I think your guess about it being the wrong season is correct. In my experience, if you want the best price on an item you have to time the sale of the item to coincide with when people need it. If right now people are looking at skis, and you're trying to sell a shoulder season sleeping bag and backpack, then you will have to price them in a way to make someone want to part with limited funds for items they probably won't use for six months. Or hang onto them and sell them in March and get the amount you want for them.

I'd keep bumping your ad, though. You never know.
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At the best I will delete the bumps. At the worst I may delete the whole thread.

Roger Caffin
Online Community Monitor
Backpacking Light

Edited by rcaffin on 09/19/2013 18:57:35 MDT.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Can't believe an Alipinlite and ULA Catalyst isn't in demand on 09/19/2013 16:33:34 MDT Print View

Try ebay.

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: Can't believe an Alipinlite and ULA Catalyst isn't in demand on 09/19/2013 16:33:35 MDT Print View

Shawn,

I think the main problem here is the sizing of your gear. Long sleeping bags and Large/Large backpacks have an extremely small market on this site. Ask me how I know. If it were regular sizes, at those prices, we wouldn't be having this conversation. Hang in there.

Ryan

Shawn Peterson
(afterdarkphoto)

Locale: Nor Cal
Re: Re: Can't believe an Alipinlite and ULA Catalyst isn't in demand on 09/19/2013 16:45:09 MDT Print View

No stephen that is advert number two.....

The other went by the way side but thanks

Shawn Peterson
(afterdarkphoto)

Locale: Nor Cal
Re: Re: Can't believe an Alipinlite and ULA Catalyst isn't in demand on 09/19/2013 16:49:06 MDT Print View

Thanks Ryan....

To me 6'3" and 220 with a 34-35 inch waist seems quite normal sized ;)

Shawn Peterson
(afterdarkphoto)

Locale: Nor Cal
Re: "Can't believe an Alipinlite and ULA Catalyst isn't in demand" on 09/19/2013 16:50:03 MDT Print View

Thanks Dena.....I can't disagree with anything you wrote.

If my bag was made of cuben fiber it'd sell in 3 minutes.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Can't believe an Alipinlite and ULA Catalyst isn't in demand on 09/19/2013 17:31:08 MDT Print View

I peruse ePrey all day, I collect old stoves. Prices on stoves I bought last Spring and this Summer are selling for almost 50% less. Some are nicer than what I got. :(
Duane

K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
RE: on 09/19/2013 21:03:07 MDT Print View

My theory is that it's a long size, it's a great price and will sell on the "bay" or hold out for winter.

Also, there are too many people that start a new thread when their gear isn't selling, to make it look like its a new and exciting thread and so they don't have to look like they are bumping their thread. It is sad, and it buries the legit threads. I have seen people bump their ads 10x then just start a new thread, this needs more regulation......Roger

Lee Oz
(LeeOz) - F

Locale: NY
Re: RE: on 09/19/2013 21:48:33 MDT Print View

Agreed with posters that say that you should give eBay a try. There is a handful of tall and lanky people in Europe.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: RE: on 09/20/2013 00:56:09 MDT Print View

> I have seen people bump their ads 10x then just start a new thread,
> this needs more regulation......Roger

See posting #3 in this thread.
There's a Report button at top right. Feel free to use it.

Cheers

Alex Wallace
(FeetFirst) - F

Locale: Northern California
Yeah, it's the size for me on 09/20/2013 01:09:43 MDT Print View

I was excited when I came across your WM Alpinlite for sale and actually started to draft a response, but then realized it was a long. Good luck.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Re: RE: on 09/20/2013 01:16:59 MDT Print View

So bumping ads is not ok? When I'm selling something I usually bump it every other day to keep it from getting buried under everything else that already sold. It's just like refreshing a craigslist ad.

Edited by justin_baker on 09/20/2013 01:18:06 MDT.

J C
(Joomy) - M
Long size... on 09/20/2013 01:30:34 MDT Print View

Since it's a long size your market is smaller. However because there is limited supply of products for tall people once the right person finds it they will probably be willing to pay a premium for it. I recently sold a 6'6 Apache for $350 but it took a few weeks (and I live in Australia with a much smaller market to boot).

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
old on 09/20/2013 02:01:33 MDT Print View

Both of those items lack innovation, they are dated.

J C
(Joomy) - M
Re: old on 09/20/2013 03:13:07 MDT Print View

"Both of those items lack innovation, they are dated."

That may be why they haven't sold quickly, but those are both still things that people buy. Just gotta wait for the right person to see it.

Shawn Peterson
(afterdarkphoto)

Locale: Nor Cal
Some of these responses on 09/20/2013 09:48:43 MDT Print View

I have so many things I'd like to write but in my older age I've learned the hard way about restraint and dealing with egos.

I'll follow my grandmothers advice...since I have nothing nice to say at the moment....

To those of you who offered advice...thank you and I do appreciate it.

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
alpinlite. on 09/20/2013 09:55:36 MDT Print View

1. If I didn't already have a long Alpinlite, I'd buy that bag in a second. It's the best piece of gear I own.

2. Since when is bumping ads not okay? I agree it should not happen every day, and should perhaps come with new info, more pics, or price reducation, but it sure seems fine with me. Of all the things need attending to on BPL, deleting bumped threads is what gets a response? Hmmmm.m

Dena Kelley
(EagleRiverDee) - M

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
re Bumps on 09/20/2013 11:54:43 MDT Print View

I have never seen anyone get their hand smacked for the occasional bump. And I don't blame them for bumping. When I'm looking at gearswap, I look at the most recent 2 pages max. I'm not going to sift through 50 pages of ads to see if someone still has something from 2 months ago, I assume if they are still actively trying to sell it they'll have a current ad. And I don't place WTB ads because predators look for those and then try to scam you.