Re: [CR] Subtraction by addition

(Example: Framebuilders:Alberto Masi)

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Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 10:51:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Pablo Brena" <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Subtraction by addition

Hello Earle,

I myself I haven't noticed it in bikes' auctions (otherwise I guess I would have more and betterpieces in my collection... so far I only manage to pay attention to the unaffordable)

I wouldn't be too surprised if it was one of (many) those tricks our own brain play us so often... in this case assessing the value of a bike in general and skipping the fact that unwanted parts could easily be removed and thrown away and assigning them a negative weight instead. You can find much more on this in for example:Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind (Hardcover)by Gary Marcus

Pablo Brena Mexico, Distrito Federal


Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 06:39:31 -0500 From: "earle.young" <> Subject: [CR] Subtraction by addition To: Message-ID: <> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1

This recently ended auction on eBay featured what appeared to be a nice Mercian frame with original paint, and some weird crap for parts: 360244300315.

There were two bidders, the second one a sniper in the last seconds of the auction, and the bike went for $510. I think the bare frame would have gone for more than that.

It was the same with the Marinoni Leggero I bought late last year for $425 delivered. It's a very nice frame that was built up with worn, obsolete, second tier parts.

Has anybody else noticed this phenomenon?

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