George Hollenberg MD posted "It's ironic and amusing that some CR wag titled his post on this subject, 'We don't need no stinkin' price guide'."
George.....I'm the wag, as you so eloquently put it, who used that phrase in my sign-off posted yesterday. You went on to state that the originators of that thought were crooks. Of course they were. And your point? I might be 'some CR wag', but I'm not a crook, and my guess is that there are very few crooks on the List. I am a thoughtful, considerate and reflective person. I don't pound the seller to death. The last bike I purchased from a seller on Craigslist was grateful that I gave him his asking price. I'm certain that he had no chance to get $100 for his dirty, oily, sad looking bike with rotted tires and a rattle can paint job from any one but me. He asked me to call him when I find out the make of the bike and what it's really worth. I will call him and report that the bike is worth considerably more than he sold it for. He also asked for help in finding out more about bikes, and I turned him on to the CR site.
The next bike I find at a yard sale with Stronglight cranks and Campy Der. set, I won't be fishing around in my pocket for a price guide. If my heart skips a beat and I have the coin in wallet, I'll know what to do.
Pat Moffat Tempe AZ USA
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Not agreed: Price guides don't make anything expensive or cheap. Public interest and demand do. They also produce a demand for some point of price reference. A bike price guide could point out that some bikes are vastly undervalued: e.g. Grandis, Somec, etc. No end of criticism is found on CR of folks paying "too much" for some bike or part. Of course, it's usually after the fact. Why don't the same guys produce a guide to prevent this overpayment? May be there is a vacuum of bike price information now because it benefits some people to keep it that way? It's ironic and amusing that some CR wag titled his post on this subject, "We don't need no stinking price guide". That's a paraphrase from the bandits in John Houston's movie "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre". They didn't have badges because they were crooks. George Hollenberg MD
----- Original Message ----- From: bruce thomson Date: Saturday, October 6, 2007 5:06 pm Subject: Re: [CR]Price Guide? We don't need no stinkin' price guide!!! (and thePX-10) To: cmontgomery , Larry Myers , email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Agreed: I remember when these hobbies were fun. It seems
> America cant have a hobby without someone making them too
> expensive to continue. I remember when there was no price guide
> to collecting old guns. Thats right, guns. Just like any well
> made solid article of art and function, they represented a good
> bite out of history and a fantastic investment. Any idiot
> seller goes to the book and looks for the nose-bleed price they
> dream of having.
> Now people will look at their trashed Paramont and ask for
> $1200.00 because they "looked it up" in a price guide without
> any understanding of what makes something valuable. Hopefuly
> the purchasers will be the ones who know their stuff, and not
> some tome written by someone who has their own bias. I mean if
> I like Grandis bikes would I price them low in the book to get
> them cheap or wait for the revised edition, price them high then
> sell my collection? Just my 2 cents wort on this one. BT
> cmontgomery wrote:
> > Hey folks.....
> > Let's get real. I fail to see how a 'price guide' could in any way
> benefit anyone who is involved in our eccentric little hobby
> (except for the
> big-volume sellers). Let the prices be dictated by whim, desire,
> and good
> old-fashioned market pressures. All a price 'guide' will do is
> allow a a
> select few to set prices that benefit them (no offense intended, to
> prospective guide publishers). The value of a thing is what it
> will bring on
> the open market- no more, no less. And, I remember buying a PX-
> 10, my first
> new race bike.....I purchased it in 1972 at Mulrooney's in
> Paramount, CA,
> for $185, including a team hat, pump, water bottle & MAFAC tool
> kit- the
> good ol' days for sure!
> > Peace to all,
> > Larry Myers, Portland, OR, US of A
> My price guide is often determined by how much cash I have in my
> pocketand how much lust I have in my heart. Sometimes the
> consummation leads to a
> smile of satisfaction and somtimes to a pang of remorse.
> Craig Montgomery
> Tucson, Apacheria
> Classicrendezvous mailing list
George Hollenberg MD CT, USA
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