Buying Tips

Looking to buy something on Secondhand Cycle? We’ve collected some key tips for you to use when considering a purchase. 

Read carefully

Take the time to carefully read the seller’s description of the item. Make sure it meets your expectations. Sellers are always advised to include as much information as possible in their listings. Don’t rush the decision to buy and do your due diligence before purchasing.

Ask the seller questions

Our platform allows you to easily message the seller. If you don’t find the information you need in the listing or you have additional information, take advantage of this feature and reach out to the seller. Most are more than happy to answer any questions for you.

Review the pictures

Pictures are very important when buying an item online, especially a relatively-expensive bicycle. You’ll want to spend the time to examine each picture to ensure it matches the description given by the seller. Even if the seller says the item is in perfect condition, take a look at the pictures to ensure there are no surprises.

Make a fair bid or offer

Depending on the type of listing, you may or may not have a chance to negotiate a price. With auctions, you should only bid as much as you’re willing to spend. If it’s a fixed-price listing but you have a chance to make an offer, make a fair offer. Anything too high will likely be rejected, especially if there are multiple potential buyers competing for the same item.

Account for shipping

The cost of shipping will be available on the listing. Make sure you are accounting for that when it comes time to purchase. For large items like full-sized bicycles, shipping can be over $100, so take note. Additionally, make sure the shipping is appropriate for the item. If you’re purchasing a bike, make sure the seller is planning to pack it carefully so that nothing gets damaged in transit.

We hope you have a positive buying experience here on Secondhand Cycle. We’ll do everything in our power to ensure that this happens. If you have any feedback at all, please contact us and let us know. We hope that you’ll always check SHC when it comes time for your next cycling purchase.

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