Fender experiment

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    kirrbby Well-Known Member

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    I've offered up this fender more than a few times here on lh. I've listed it up on eBay with what I thought was a low starting bid. Nobody wanted it. I think $35 is the lowest price I've ever put on it.
    It was ugly, but I thought it was a good part.

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    kirrbby Well-Known Member

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    I don't usually clean up parts before I sell them. I guess because I like to know what I'm getting when I buy stuff for myself.
    But this part needs a new home, and I'm not gonna give it away. So I gave it a acid soak.
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    Then I knocked it around rather amateurishly with a framing hammer and a few wood and metal dollies.
    I blasted most of the rust off of the bottom side, and hosed it with some paint.
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    Then I polished it up with some fancy space age chrome cleaner for at least 10 minutes.

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    IDK that it's quite what I'd call fluffing. With the rust properly removed...doesn't matter if a chemical or mechanical (sanding or media blasting) process is used. A rust-free part is a rust free part, you've done the work for somebody who lacks the wherewithal to do that work. And, an honest description as part of the listing eliminates the BS factor. IOW, the buyer knows what he's getting and it's improved over what it was.

    As for auction results, of late, did you forget what time of year it is? Thanksgiving is 9 days away...not so good for the waistline or selling used bike parts.:oops:
     
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    For a proper experiment, I really should have waited until AFTER the auction ended to post my thread here on lilHonda, and I considered it. But I wanted to let my lh friends to have the scoop, and to maybe get a little conversation going...Z50 conversation to boot.
    These fenders, in one piece, come around less and less all the time. Even bent and rusty, one piece, without cracks, snatch it up, is my motto. They're not gonna get any cheaper, or more plentiful.

    Not a great time of year to sell parts, unless they're really rare, or really nice parts. Folks are gathering parts to do their winter projects and resto's. If I waited until late March-early May to auction this off, then folks will be desperate to find their rare and nice parts so they can FINISH their winter projects and resto's. Then the BIN could be...225 maybe, for this good, crack-free and in one piece "super rare", K2, long rear fender :)

    BTW, if anyone is looking for the very best. I have one of these, new, in the open bag, that I would part with. But it ain't cheap, and it ain't gettin any cheaper.
     
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    Same here. I tend to believe it's timing as well. Lately, it seems that what I consider "rough" or "rider", and really nice parts are what's selling. I'm in fall clean up mode big time, but not going to give it away just to make space for something else. I have a few items listed that are priced "high" but there comes a time when it's worth more to me than to just "move it and pay 13% in fees".

    Been thinking about contracting CS to sell my stuff. Would gladly take 50% of what his stuff brings. :)
     
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    Well after a week on the auction block, my fender sold for $71. I'm good with that. But honestly, it's worth more than that to ME. If I had it to do over again, I'd probably save myself the time and hassle of cleaning it up...take whatever I can get for the dented rusty part, or just keep it until I need it myself, or get the right offer.
    That $71 will come in handy for my winter projects tho. I have 9 different ways I could spend it right now. But I need to sell some more crap first...so I can buy the GOOD stuff for my projects :)
     

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