Mar 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm #1287970
With sales on new gear now, sellers better lower prices, especially when new can be had for only a few bucks more. Buyer beware.
DuaneMar 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm #1860543
@kalebcLocale: South West
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.Mar 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm #1860547
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!Mar 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm #1860549
@gregfLocale: Canadian Rockies
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.Mar 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm #1860573
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Perhaps people are trying to recoup their membership fees?Mar 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm #1860578
@vintagegentLocale: Galveston TX
"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%.Mar 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm #1860591
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 itMar 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm #1860713
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.
DuaneMar 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm #1860735
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
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.Mar 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm #1860740
"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! ;-)Mar 28, 2012 at 7:45 pm #1860743
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
But it's getting getting close to the time where people start outfitting for summer trips.Mar 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm #1860747
better than smoking!!!!!Mar 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm #1860763
@saparisorLocale: Pacific Northwest
For the record, Doug DOES collect figurines. Erotic figurines.Mar 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm #1860772
"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…..Mar 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm #1860777
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.
DuaneMar 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm #1860779
unsavory underbelly of the figure collecting world: figurine erotica. Ha!Mar 28, 2012 at 10:15 pm #1860817
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
"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?
;)Mar 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm #1860829
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.
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