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    Unhappy bikes I have accumulate through all the year



    What should I do with all this bikes sell or scrap them. I want to hear your comments.


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    Always sell what you can for more than scrap value!

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    The bike below could actually be the one I sold on eBay, vintage Massey Harris.

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    it depends om how much time you are willing to invest
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    I would personally not sell or scrap them. Give them to needy children. If you contact local schools, churches, or local food banks, etc. you can donate them. The parents can then give them to their children at Christmas allowing them to save face. If you try to give them to the kids, then the parents look bad. You should give them to the local service agencies with the stipulation that the parents get to give them to their children.

    I have a deal with a local bike shop that will repair the bikes and I provide the parts from other bikes. The business gets to deduct it as a donation gets credit for helping the community because it is given to a non-profit. I make sure the bikes are donated in a different area than I get them to avoid another child recognizing their old bike.

    Besides feeling good helping a child and family there is a financial benefit. I would get about $ 2.00 per bike if they were scraped. Selling them I assume I could get about $ 20.00 each. By giving them to a non profit I can get the tax deduction. I have the bike shop write up an estimate of the value. Then I would ask the charity to provide a receipt for their value. This provides a paper trail if I am ever audited. A bike that I could sell for $ 20.00 would appraise between $ 55 - $ 80.00 as a donation. A person in the 24% tax bracket would net a pure profit of $ 20 if it is appraised at $ 80. Selling it for $ 20 would provide a profit of $ 15 while scrapping it would net $ 1.50.

    The real benefit is to help the less fortunate. I am an anonymous donor and still get great PR out of it. Although my name is not associated with the bikes, word of mouth from the supervisors of these organizations still provides the reputation of generosity and a desire to help others. It is nice to have priests, ministers, principals and directors as character references. Sometimes a donation is worth more than selling it on Craig's List. Just a thought. PM me if you want a steady stream of bicycles for such a purpose.
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    I'm not a sniffer but it pays to know your saddles, early motorcycles shared a lot of parts from bicycles. I've sold several.


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    My father in law would fix them up and sell them at yard sales. Boys bikes sold faster than girls and it seems he had more girls bikes. Every 10 speed and higher he could sell without any problem. He would have 10 to 15 bikes at our sale, sometimes moving up some from the back yard after he sold a few! LOL

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    I'm in DFW as well, and I have to say, I have had trouble even giving bicycles away.

    As it is, when I see a bike on curbco, I leave it where it is because, A) I don't know if some careless kid has just dropped it there or if it is indeed trash.... and B) even when I have had several imperfect bikes that only needed a couple of bucks and a little TLC to get rideable again... no-one wanted them even for free.
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    I was going g to say post a picture of the pile with. headline that reads "Bikes your choice $10.00 each," but the charity is probably a better idea.
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    Charity is a great way to get rid of bikes plus if you put a price on them, most charity places can give a voucher to use as discounts for you income tax returns.

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