During the pandemic, many common items have become scarce and become valuable. Toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Lysol and paper towels. Masks and gloves. It’s hard enough to find these things and, if you do, you can expect to pay a high price for them.
Added to this list of necessities, you can now count random, old, used bicycles as something scarce and rare.
My wife and I ran straight into this yesterday when we decided to make some space in our garage and sell my daughter’s bike that she’d outgrown, a 2017 Liv Flourish, and my old, cheap mountain bike that I bought used five years ago.
As soon as the listings went up on Facebook Marketplace, we were inundated with messages. My daughter’s bike sold in less than hour. I didn’t get around to listing my old bike until it was too late to have people come to the house. Over the course of the evening I received over fifty requests for information about my twenty year-old, cheap, mountain bike and I had to two people jet over to my house in the morning and press money into my hand so they could be the first to have it.
Apparently, everyone is taking up bike riding, now that the weather has turned nice and people are stuck at home, and they can’t be found anywhere. So, if you’ve got an old bike in your garage that you don’t use anymore, there’s probably a lot of people out there who want it and are willing to pay good money for it.