> baird co wrote:
> I don't see any problem with buying a moped for $200 and making it run,
> then flipping it for much more.
> I mean, that's how things work in the motorcycle and car world, and
> everywhere else.
> It was broken and useless, now it's fixed and functional.
> Mechanics get paid for their work. Painters get paid. Detailers get
> paid. Etc.
> In my experience, most people selling a "junk" moped don't have the
> skills, or the time, or desire to fix some piece of crap abandoned
> moped. It's not taking advantage of anyone if you're buying someone's
> broken crap and bringing it back to life.
> Everyone loves a good score. We brag about it. If you find a puch maxi
> for cheap, you post up here, all excited about how little you paid for
> it. And if you sell it for much more, bonus for you.
> I'm not talking about shady sellers and scammers. I'm talking about
> people who put the work in to get a bike running again.
> If I buy a bike for 100 and spend a week busting the piston loose, I'm
> not going to sell it for $150, because I paid $50 for a new piston. I'm
> gonna sell it for what a running bike is worth.
> With the cost of parts and everything else going up, mopeds will get
> more expensive. One day we'll probably get to the extremes that Honda
> CT's and monkey bikes are at now. They used to be almost free, now even
> junk ones are selling for crazy prices.
> There's really no use complaining about it. Especially if you're the guy
> with 20 mopeds, and you're mad because you can't add to your horde
> because someone won't sell you their bikes for 1987 prices.
Yeah I totally get that, and don't expect anyone to work for free. But what I've seen is an hour or two later after it was posted on Craigslist and sold it's back up as running for 1,300 lol. Most the people I've meet here have been really cool. It seems most the price gouging happens outside of moped army cause people who even try to sell something for money here get attacked lol.