It is a shame, but many things bring much more in parts than complete. I've been noticing it in South Bend Lathes for a while. I couldn't bring myself to part out a valuable bike
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-----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Kurt Sperry Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2007 1:37 PM To: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos Cc: email@example.com; Bill Talbot Subject: Re: [CR]'57 Herse 650 Rando....
I count the obvious take offs plus frame and fork adding up to $6,280 or so right now with many bits still missing and many of the pieces likely to still be bidded up. How much would the bike have brought whole? Would anyone really pay $10,000 for a Herse?
It is a shame to see that bike irreversably ruined as an original piece, but blame the buyers at least as much as the seller. If people were willing to pay anything close for a complete original bike to what the vultures are for the pieces, these bikes would probably not be broken up.
I suspect that once the price point gets much North of $6,000 or so for a single item, there are just too few willing buyers to bid it up to real value.
Kurt Sperry Bellingham WA USA
On 7/15/07, Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> It is a shame, but economically, he will probably do better. The
> seller is obviously quite knowledgeable, as he has a lot of nice
> French stuff at reasonably starting bids, but the Herse frames, Herse
> bits, and Maxicar hubs and wheels are starting at the high prices one would expect.
> Of course one could buy the frame and bits and reassemble the bike,
> but this would cost a lot, which of course exactly what the seller intends.
> Jerry Moos
> Big Spring, TX
> Bill Talbot <email@example.com> wrote:
> Is it just me or do others here hate to see a bike like this being
> parted o ut on ebay? Such a damn shame that it wasn't offered up as a
> whole bike to preser ve a wonderful old bike.(item # 120142190996).
> And you won't have to look f ar to find all the rest of it.....
> Bill Talbot feeling sad in ,
> New Hartford, CT USA