After mine was stolen i have been watching ebay and gumtree on a regular basis. On gumtree i search for bikes in the Manchester area and am amazed by the sheer volume of bikes going up for sale each day. Some i view with suspicion, others not. What sickens me is the number of posts advertising that people will pay money for bikes - to me they just look like incentives for people to steal them and offload them quickly - no questions asked.
Anyway, couple of questions for you...
Has anyone had a bike stolen and then seen it on ebay / gumtree? And if so, how long to the thieves tend to wait before putting the bike up for sale? Im guessing they wait for a period of time until victims have grown tired of searching?
Secondly, if i did see it and reported it to the police - what happens to the bike then? I'd guess it belongs to the insurance company as they have paid out for a new one. But would they really want it?