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Cheap Mountain Bikes from Police Auctions

With the costs of motoring soaring and the ever pressing environmental pressure to make our lives greener and cleaner there has been a real influx over the past year or so in the bicycle sector. The government have improved cycle paths throughout the country and most city councils are now running incentive schemes to encourage people to cycle into work. This has seen steady growth in sales of new and used mountain bikes and bicycles in general especially in the warmer months where this lovely weather we’ve been having really makes you want to get out and get active.

It is in the bike sector that we here at Wholesale Scout have focussed our attention for June’s Case Study. Our research team investigated various possibilities which would allow our members to grab a piece of this growing market and to help them profit from the current trend to go ‘green’. Our wholesale research team quickly discovered that very cheap bicycles and mountain bikes could be purchased from Police Car Auctions with huge re-sale profit potential on eBay. After studying Police Auction listings for a few days it quickly became apparent that very healthy eBay profits could be achieves on these bikes with the majority of them being in very good condition and ready for immediate re-sale! It seems that many of these bikes are simply lost and unclaimed or stolen and recovered; the majority of them are in perfect working order – ideal for a willing buyer looking for a good bike at a reasonable price.

 A full plethora of top bicycle brands are available via these police auctions with our research team seeing auction lots for Raleigh, Giant, Saracen, Claud Butler, Marin, Trek plus many more. Most bicycles sold at auction for under half of what equivalents were selling for on eBay! In most cases a profit of over £40 per bike is achievable which represents a great profit making opportunity for the motivated eBay seller – just selling one mountain bike or BMX per day could provide you with over £280 per week in profit!

Our table below shows the profit potential of just five auction lots our research staff have picked out listed by just two constabularies. If you’re willing to travel to collect (or use a courier) the stock supply is bountiful allowing you to really capitalise on this money making opportunity. Consult our Police Auction Directory for further details and start sourcing cheap bicycles today! 


Police Auction Price

eBay Sale Price

Estimated Profit

Marin Palisades Trail – 21 Speed – 19” Frame







Giant Boulder MTB – 21 Speed – 17” Frame







Scorpion Colt Hardtail MTB – 21 Speed – 20” Frame








Apollo MX20.2 BMX







Saracen MTB – 21 Speed




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