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Just 350 of the classic BMX's were made to celebrate its 35th anniversary, however fans are reporting that many are being listed on Ebay for resale already...

News that the Raleigh Team Aero Pro Burner would be remade for its 35th anniversary caused quite a stir when we reported on it last week, and Raleigh claim that 7,000 people registered for the sale of just 350 bikes, priced at £500 each... 

 

However, angry fans are feeling burned after it became apparent that many of the lucky few who bagged one of the bikes were looking to profit, and screenshots appeared under Raleigh's Twitter post showing that bikes had already began to appear on Ebay just an hour after they officially went on sale...

 

Other genuine fans who wanted to own one of the classic bikes, remade pretty much to the exact specifications of the original Aero Pro Burner released in the mid-80's, have expressed their dismay on social media. Raleigh's Sales and Marketing Director Pippa Wibberley responded: "Raleigh released just 350 replicas of the bike and anyone wanting a piece of retro Raleigh, had to pre-registered their interest for the exclusive sale in advance, limiting purchases to just one per person, and preventing mass-purchase for re-selling.

"Every measure was put into place to ensure that the whole process ran as smoothly and as fairly as possible; this process was communicated to our prospective buyers to manage expectations and ensure full clarity throughout. We have received an overwhelming response, but unfortunately, as this is a limited edition bike, demand far outweighed the quantity we produced. We hope that we have served to delight some long-standing Raleigh BMX fans with this exciting replica”

 

What do you think about the Raleigh Burners being resold at a much higher price? Let us know in the comments. 

 

 

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since.  He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

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steviemarco [236 posts] 4 months ago
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I'm all for making a profi et all but at least wait a week or two. I would have kept it as is for a long time before selling, if I ever did sell which is doubful.

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Yorkshire wallet [1565 posts] 4 months ago
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Nobody will buy at those prices. Not that I'm pissed off that I was at 5903 in the queue when they sold out or anything.

Didn't want one anyway.

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griggers [26 posts] 4 months ago
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I registered for this sale but thought I wasn't willing to engage as I'd never ridden a BMX in anger like my BMX hero Tim March. 

I certainly didn't want to prostitute my purchase on eBay!

did have a little look on eBay last week and some original Burners were available around £400 so not sure if these'profiteers' will realise much - apart from the fact that most genuine bidders think they're twats!

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Miller [62 posts] 4 months ago
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Not sure what Raleigh are meant to do about this, exactly?

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BarryBianchi [419 posts] 4 months ago
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Miller wrote:

Not sure what Raleigh are meant to do about this, exactly?

Start knocking out Grifters 19/12 at 3x the price?

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Yorkshire wallet [1565 posts] 4 months ago
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Miller wrote:

Not sure what Raleigh are meant to do about this, exactly?

Stop making the chopper with a stupid seat?

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Lmh [4 posts] 4 months ago
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I was lucky enough to get one. I won't be selling. Was my dream bike as a kid. They are being delivered Thursday! No hanging about.  To the idiots saying no one will pay that much.... Well people are paying that much!  

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Lmh [4 posts] 4 months ago
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I was lucky enough to get one. I won't be selling. Was my dream bike as a kid. They are being delivered Thursday! No hanging about.  To the idiots saying no one will pay that much.... Well people are paying that much!  

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Lmh [4 posts] 4 months ago
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I was lucky enough to get one. I won't be selling. Was my dream bike as a kid. They are being delivered Thursday! No hanging about.  To the idiots saying no one will pay that much.... Well people are paying that much!  

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Lmh [4 posts] 4 months ago
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I was lucky enough to get one. I won't be selling. Was my dream bike as a kid. They are being delivered Thursday! No hanging about.  To the idiots saying no one will pay that much.... Well people are paying that much!  

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srchar [706 posts] 4 months ago
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I'd rather be Burnerless than address my first post "to the idiots" and post it four times.

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Simontuck [182 posts] 4 months ago
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if nobody buys the ones on eBay then the profiteers might think twice. They're able to do it because people are stupid enough to pay it. Material things. Same as concert tickets, new iPhone, computer games, etc. If people are prepared to pay silly money just so they can post photos on FB and Twitter then good luck to the profiteers!!

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fenix [835 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes please to bringing back the Grifter. Never liked the Burner anyway.

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madcarew [465 posts] 4 months ago
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Yorkshire wallet wrote:

Nobody will buy at those prices. Not that I'm pissed off that I was at 5903 in the queue when they sold out or anything.

Didn't want one anyway.

And that, folks, is how you do an internet flounce.

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madcarew [465 posts] 4 months ago
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It's really, really, silly really. It is simply a marketing ploy.  The 'desirability' is simply  'manipulated' to enhance Raleigh's market presence. They could just as easily have manufactured 10,000. Imagine if this was a start up company share that we could buy at .50p today, and sell tomorrow for $1.50. We'd be all over it and no-one would be crying foul. The only reason people can make a profit on these is because there are people who want one more than they do, and are willing to pay for it. Complaining about that is just daft. It's called capitalism, folks, and it's the sole reason we can sit here and be keyboard warriors on the internet.