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    Horribly inflated prices....

    Why does everybody that lists a tw200 (or anything for that matter) list it WAY above the book value? Example:

    https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/mc...586507916.html

    A 2008 tw on the NADA website lists "average retail" as $1,400. "High retail" would be around $1,800. These are listed over $1,000 over book. Why do people seem to think that "MY bike" is worth more because its "MINE"??!!

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    Everybody? Are those your bikes? Good luck with the sale! The new owners will be happy either way
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    Personally, from my experience sifting through Craigslist for weeks in hopes of buying my first Tdub I noticed that people don't think depreciation is a factor. The sheer rarity of Tdubs on the second hand market is what allows these owners to set the going price for one. It wasn't until someone responded to my wanted ad that I actually found a reasonable price on one, probably because they had nothing to compare it to. I showed the owner a thread from this forum regarding the value of the 1987 model and they were happy to oblige, I got a fair deal on it because of that! Maybe other members have had a similar experience and agree with my theory, or maybe I'm just talking out of my a** haha.

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    "Why does everybody that lists a tw200 (or anything for that matter) list it WAY above the book value? "

    Because everyone else is going to try a low ball offer. Its all about balance.

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    Those are low miles. I am sure there’s room for negotiation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodchip rookie View Post
    Why does everybody that lists a tw200 (or anything for that matter) list it WAY above the book value? Example:

    https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/mc...586507916.html

    A 2008 tw on the NADA website lists "average retail" as $1,400. "High retail" would be around $1,800. These are listed over $1,000 over book. Why do people seem to think that "MY bike" is worth more because its "MINE"??!!
    Two things:

    A.) When you post things on Craigslist, you have to deal with 'Craigslist people'. When you post something for $7000, you will immediately get several responses- sight unseen, severely lowballing what is a reasonable price: Hey man would you take 4 grand for no particular reason other than I can't afford it? So you post it for 8 or 9 hoping someone will offer 6 or 7.

    B.) Some things truly are worth more than book value. When I was looking to buy an '04 VW Golf R32 in 2012, the bank was initially unwilling to finance $16k, because KBB said it was worth about 12. I urged the lady to have a look and see if she could find one for less than 15; she couldn't, and the bank ended up financing 16. TW200s hold their value quite well. Finding one in good condition, no matter the year, for less than 2500 is going to be pretty dificult, even if KBB says it's not worth much.
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    What is the difference between an 01 and a 18, the color of plastic and mileage. They are the same bike really. As long as they are taken care of one is as good as the other.

    What is the book on a 55 corvette? It is old, but still sells for ten times what the original sticker price is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by methamphetasaur View Post
    two things:

    A.) when you post things on craigslist, you have to deal with 'craigslist people'. When you post something for $7000, you will immediately get several resposes- sight unseen, severely lowballing what is a reasonable price: Hey man would you take 4 grand for no particular reason other than i can't afford it? So you post it for 8 or 9 hoping someone will offer 6 or 7.

    B.) some things truly are worth more than book value. When i was looking to buy an '04 vw golf r32 in 2012, the bank was initially unwilling to finance $16k, because kbb said it was worth about 12. I urged the lady to have a look and see if she could find one for less than 15; she couldn't, and the bank ended up financing 16. Tw200s hold their value quite well. Finding one in good condition, no matter the year, for less than 2500 is going to be pretty dificult, even if kbb says it's not worth much.
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    I just saw a 2010 in my local CL, with 8K miles they are asking $2500. that was 2 days ago, the listing is gone now
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    The cheapest of 3 on the local Craigslist here is an 2006 asking 2600.
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