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#1 2013-01-05 8:22am

Yodah
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How to determine value/worth?

Hey guys I am new to the forum and hobby completely! I always wanted one of these as a kid.....and so here I am!
I bought a 93 GT Interceptor complete (no pads) in about a 6 out 10 condition for 25.00 the other day off CG.

What I really want is a GT Performer mid 80's...

So to the topic, I see alot of GT's in that era, however, the price range is huge. I see some guys on ebay asking 350-2000 for a complete bike.
Then I see guys asking for 350.00 for just a frame.

I know the value is really what people are willing to pay for it, but is there any type general idea, about whats a good deal vs. whats just too high for
a bikes in the same condition.

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#2 2013-01-05 8:29am

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

That is a touchy topic around here. "This is not an appraisal site" is what
you'll hear. Research EBay and the for sale section here, or find a member
on here that collects what you are looking for, then send a pm.


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#3 2013-01-05 8:30am

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

It's worth whatever you are willing to pay for it.  If you are in the market for a particular bike, best thing to do you search around and see what the prices are that are being advertised (Like you already have), then you will get a good idea as to what the right price to pay is.

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#4 2013-01-05 8:35am

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

Go to the beta section here and filter your search results to SOLD items, there are lots in there to base "worth"


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#5 2013-01-05 9:29am

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

also new to this forum and buying/building but i was keeping and eye out for a long time for a few bikes ive always wanted  and noticed theres huge interest on ebay etc so unless you can find someone selling one private your gonna end up paying for it.

will also say dont settle on something less cause the urge for the dream bike wont go away.... well it didnt for me anyway lol

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#6 2013-01-05 9:33am

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

Only worth what someone is willing to pay?

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#7 2013-01-05 9:35am

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

Truth is....no one knows what it's worth.  Sometimes it seems like stuff is worth more....later it's worth 40% less.....sometimes ridiculous amounts.  As with all of the advice above, do research, get a friend, etc....and don't try to break it down to an absolute science.  Make your bed and sleep in it so to speak.


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#8 2013-01-05 9:39am

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

matuneek wrote:

also new to this forum and buying/building but i was keeping and eye out for a long time for a few bikes ive always wanted  and noticed theres huge interest on ebay etc so unless you can find someone selling one private your gonna end up paying for it.

will also say dont settle on something less cause the urge for the dream bike wont go away.... well it didnt for me anyway lol

Nice FST cool  Was that the dream or what you settled for?


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#9 2013-01-05 9:49am

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

Thanks guys for the replies!  I guess it comes down to buying or finding a diamond in the rough vs paying a pretty penny for someone elses patience and love they put into one.  I myself will enjoy the journey of the build:) and try not to go broke in the process of another hobby. (I race R/C cars too!)

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#10 2013-01-05 9:51am

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

cheers cool but the one i wanted was a master really but there was a big difference compared to a sport/fst so decided to try to be kind to the bank balance and go with the fst. back fired lol as i now have a 86 master f/f ready to be built as well.

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#11 2013-01-05 9:54am

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

To get the best price, find one locally. The prices go way up on the internet. If its a must have, buy a complete only. Finding a frame/fork and building it is very expensive. The base performers come up for sale on here quite often for good prices. They do go fast at good prices though. The ones you see still for sale in the for sale section are still for sale for a reason. Use that also to gauge good prices, and the already mentioned completed listings.   cool

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#12 2013-01-05 9:57am

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

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#13 2013-01-05 11:07am

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

just put the word RARE infront of it to increase the value..  lol


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#14 2013-01-05 11:22am

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

rare nos = payday

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#15 2013-01-05 1:38pm

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

Ok, cool so all original parts don't increase the value unless its something very rare. It's OK to replace parts with upgraded/hop up parts.
I know you can put whatever you want on the bike, just want to try and get and idea of do's and don'ts.

For example:  WOW that bike would have been great if they didn't ( fill in the blank)


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#16 2013-01-07 7:00pm

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

True survivor bikes are reguarded as the most desireble to the "purist" .... people whom like original bikes.

Now many people build survivor style bikes and can pass them off as a "true survivor" when indeed they are a comilpation of era correct sruvivor parts assembled at a later date.

Most people when they first got into the hobby wanted everything NOS or repowdered ... these look the most beautiful in appearance but after you get an aquired taste they do not look "vintage" which is what many of us are promoting "vintage bmx".

The worse thing you can do is put cheap aftermarkter parts on a nice highend piece.

Many collectors will not build using NOS tires as they will save them and properly store them to preserve their condition.

Price shop when buying. This "dibs" bullshift lol is created to sell items quickly often the buyer hasn't looked over the item properly and or asked any and all pertinant questions regarding it's condition.

It's better to have missed a "deal" than commit to a piece of shift.

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#17 2013-01-07 9:02pm

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

One of the main things you have to pay attention to is if it's a regular Performer, Pro performer or PFT. They all looked the same at one point but pretty big price difference. You might be able to get a regular 86 performer for $350 but a sweet Pro freesetyle tour with all the better parts could be $2000. Also condition is a big factor plus the survivor vs restored debate. The parts on the build can make a big difference too. Also some people just ask silly high prices and keep reposting and reposting lol

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#18 2013-01-18 4:07am

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

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#19 2013-01-25 4:05pm

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Re: How to determine value/worth?

As the above mentioned, if you can afford it, buy a complete as it wil in the long run cost you less usually than what the parts cost seperately. But that is unless there were parts from that era that you are partial to. But even then, having the OG parts to go with the slick aftermarket parts cant hurt the value. smile


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