I have to say that I thought the eco slant in the articles was complete BS.
Paying wholesale for used bikes doesn’t reduce net carbon emissions for the planet. If Trek didn’t buy those used bikes, they would be recycled in other ways (ebay, ProsCloset, craigslist, given to a friend, etc).
Used bikes may reduce some calculated emissions per bike metric for Trek because they will take credit for the recycling.
I got an email from Rrek announcing that they are now selling used bikes.
A lot of recent model year bikes, prices vary a bit, but are nothing special. Seems like they are competing with the ProsCloset.
That bike I sold didn’t take any real effort to sell, and huge difference on $$ to go against buying my Domane. Literally just sold a set of wheels for almost 3x what I’d get from Pros Closet or trade in, and I just listed them an hour ago I’m too cheap to walk away from easy money. That’s my story.
I know so many people that live in fear of selling stuff to strangers. They’d sooner trade in a car and lose three grand than post an ad and sell a used car.
The “used” Treks in the online Trek shop appear to be essentially new. Steerer tubes don’t seem to be cut. I don’t see a mark on them and chain/chainrings still look new. What do they have, 5 miles on them? Demo bikes? Or, just a way for Trek to dump excess inventory in a different channel?
There is a local dealership that has commercials basically saying trade in with us so you don’t get murdered selling on marketplace… People trade in/give away all sorts of things because it is simply easier, let Lowes take their washer and dryer when they drop off the new ones vs selling them on craigslist. Have the plumber take the water heater instead of taking it to scrap. At least trading in a car unlike a bike or those other things can have tax benefits.
Some of the bikes do almost seem like demo bikes, others as noted do seem to have been fit/modified and likely were sold bikes.
Speaking of demo bikes wonder if an unintended benefit to this marketplace will lead to more small shops being more willing to offer demo bikes. They can now let you demo or rent something and they won’t have to worry about it sitting around another year waiting for the person looking for a deal, they can just send it back to trek or if it becomes available they are able to just list it through the red barn service to cast a wider net.