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post #11 of 23 Old 04-29-2019, 01:04 PM
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+1 on the local tuner. When that guy is gone, you can forget about getting an old bike repaired. Dealers won't touch them. They're too busy testing the new 3/4" impact gun on somebody's drain bolt. I just priced a Penske and a set of BSTs and my local shop gave me a lower price than any of the online retailers. The motorcycle industry is tiny. Many online retailers are also the importer. They wholesale to the local guys, so there is always a chance to save a buck. So find someone local, develop a relationship, and have the best of both worlds. Save $ and have a place to get the stuff done you can't do yourself for lack of tools or experience. Odds and ends and OEM parts you can always find a better deal on line, but for the big ticket items with some margin, you local guy might be the answer. Plus it's always nice to be able to run over and get that banjo bolt or whatever on a Saturday afternoon so you can ride on Sunday.
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post #12 of 23 Old 04-30-2019, 09:05 AM
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I have been buying parts for friends in ebay for more than 10 years, a lot of parts. ebay is for used parts other than that... not the best way...
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I have been buying parts for friends in ebay for more than 10 years, a lot of parts. ebay is for used parts other than that... not the best way...

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I have been buying parts for friends in ebay for more than 10 years, a lot of parts. ebay is for used parts other than that... not the best way...
Ebay has changed a lot in 10 years. I remember the selling fee's used to be very minimal. Now, I only use ebay to sell stuff as a last resort or I got the part for free. I can imagine the profit margin has to be next to nothing for new motorcycle parts.
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711 on ebay 100% buying and selling...

new parts is better to deal (if you like dealing) with direct store.... BUT sometimes I found that some stores are only ebay, even with new parts. so I think the moral of the story, before buying you have to do your homework.
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We have over 4000 on ebay at 100%

I'd trade all of them for half the amount of sales outside of ebay at more profit for me and less cost to the customer!
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Original post was a shout out about how some brick and mortar companies have
a hard time fitting into the eCommerce retail space.

Suggesting that one should use Ebay's infrastructure to find retailers and/or parts and
after finding that part or retailer on Ebay to then go around Ebay and contact seller
directly. Eliminating the fees that Ebay charges to support the infrastructure that
originally promoted the seller in the first place.

If Ebay is to expensive or not providing additional revenue for your business
then you shouldn't use it instead of promoting ways to rip them off.
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In one post you say you want the cheapest possible prices in another you condemn the resellers for telling you how you can get those cheaper prices. I have no idea what point you are trying to get across here, but the conversation doesn't really seem to be relevant to your thought process.



The real win-win is when both the customer and the seller get more for less.



I have no issues with what ebay charges me as a seller to be on there. The point is the costs are high and the customer is simply NOT going to get a smokin deal in that environment so if rock bottom prices are your ultimate goal you should look to other venues for those sale prices.





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And....

Not only do I want the best possible price I can find, but
I want free shipping and no sales tax either.

it's win, win for the consumer.




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Original post was a shout out about how some brick and mortar companies have
a hard time fitting into the eCommerce retail space.

Suggesting that one should use Ebay's infrastructure to find retailers and/or parts and
after finding that part or retailer on Ebay to then go around Ebay and contact seller
directly. Eliminating the fees that Ebay charges to support the infrastructure that
originally promoted the seller in the first place.

If Ebay is to expensive or not providing additional revenue for your business
then you shouldn't use it instead of promoting ways to rip them off.
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Effort = $$. Always has, always will.

LDH's original post may have come off a little rough on some, but it was nothing other than 100% accurate. I'm as guilty as anyone for going the easy way (ebay, amazon, et al.), but the reminder was a welcome one and just saved me a couple hundred bucks, and will likely save me a couple hundred more in the near future.

Thanks man!
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Honestly, I don't understand why anyone wants to be confrontational on the internet about a post or topic that can easily just be ignored.
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