Light Aluminum Bike

Everyday I peruse the pages of bike ads on Craigslist. I’m always on the look out for great deals for myself or for friends that are in the market for a new bike. So the other day an ad caught my attention because of its description and its high asking price. I decided to send the seller an email to see if he/she was serious about the sale/price.

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Craigslist bike

I fire off the first email….

In a message dated 5/18/2011 5:37:56 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
info@mtnbikeriders.com writes:

** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY — AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info: _http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html_
(http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html)

Is your price negotiable? $300 is a bit steep.

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this message was remailed to you via: sale-fcdnj-2389074842@craigslist.org
Is your price negotiable? $300 is a bit steep.

He then responds:

it is polished aluminum very light, and i spent $80 for the seat post(suspension)… looks and rides like brand new…
best offer will take it… or trade with iphone ipad ps3 etc.
regards,
Anthony
(714 ***-****

I respond to him.

Can you tell me the model of the bike?

He tells me:

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I respond to his email:

MtnBikeRiders.com to Chaz details May 19 (7 days ago)

Wow that’s really a nice bike. Do you know what year it is?

He states in another email that its a “2010”

I then reply with:

MtnBikeRiders to Chaz May 19 (7 days ago)

I don’t have an ipad or ps3, will you take a Sony Walkman for it? I’ve attached a photo of it.

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After a few days, he replies.

Chaz to me May 22 (3 days ago)

Sure- just. Let me know when you want it!

Sent from my iPhone

But from what I gather from his tone in the email, I think he’s being sarcastic….

4 Replies to “Light Aluminum Bike”

  1. Hilarious!! I saw the same ad and laughed. I bet a vintage walkman in working condition is worth more than that bike.

  2. I see stuff like that on my local craigslist listings all the time. Most of the time it’s not that egregious… but sometimes it is. I saw someone trying to sell a Walmart bike the other day for $600… I almost emailed them on that!

    The other common thing is seeing stuff like, “Trek 820 – $350.” I seem to remember a new 820 being somewhere around $300 back in the late 90’s… who knew an entry-level bike could GAIN value over 15 years??

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