FAQ

Is it possible for an individual to sell a single bike at the CWBS?

 

Yes.  Anybody can sell a bike in the Singles Swap Section of the bike swap.  This area will be designated solely for individuals with a single bike, and only a bike, they wish to sell.  The fee for selling a bike in the Singles Swap Section is $15, this year admission is included with your first Single Swap spot. Simply bring your bike with you to the entrance of the bike swap where you can purchase a bike tag for the Singles Swap Section. There is no security in the single swap area as each seller is expected to stay with their bike until it's sold. They can "buddy up" with someone if they want to also shop but their bike needs to be watched by someone at all times.  Individuals are only allowed to sell bikes in the Singles Swap Section.  No additional product may be sold in the Singles Swap Section.  If an individual wishes to sell a bike and additional products, a vendor space must be reserved.

 

Can anyone sell a bike in the bike corral?

 

No.  The bike corral is reserved for registered vendors only.

 

What method of payment will be accepted by the vendors?

 

Method of payment is determined by each individual vendor.  Cash will be accepted by all vendors.  Most vendors will accept credit cards and some vendors will accept personal checks.

 

Who can be a vendor at the CWBS?

 

Anyone can be a vendor.  Vendor spaces can be purchased in various configurations depending on how much space you need and what you are selling.

 

Will vendors be able to purchase items from other vendors before the bike swap opens to the public?

 

This will depend on each vendor.  Vendors are allowed to inquire with other vendors about product for sale.  However, the morning set up time can be very busy and not every vendor may be ready or willing to sell items.  In general, be courteous and allow vendors to complete the unloading and set up of their vendor space before inquiring about product.

 

Do vendors pay a separate admission fee?

 

No.  Admission fees for vendors are included in the cost of the vendor space.  Please refer to the Vendor Information page for the number of staff allowed entrance for each vendor.

 

Can I smoke at Harper College?

 

No.  Harper College is a smoke-free campus.

 

How do I get to Harper College?

 

Directions to Harper College are available on the Directions Page of this website, or click here.

 

Are hotels available near Harper College?

 

Yes.  Click here for a list of local hotels.

 

I don't wish to reserve a vendor space.  Can I still distribute information at the bike swap?

 

No.  Only registered vendors may distribute information, and only from the location of their vendor space.  Anyone else distributing information for their business/ride/cause etc. will be asked to cease their activities and leave the bike swap.  Distribution of information or solicitation is not allowed in the parking lot of Harper College.

 

I don't wish to reserve a vendor space.  Can I still sell my stuff at the bike swap?

 

No.  Only registered vendors may sell their products.  Anyone else attempting to sell any product will be asked to cease their activities and leave the bike swap.

 

Is the CWBS indoors or outdoors?

 

The bike swap is completely indoors, including the waiting area outside the entrance to the bike swap.

 

Is it possible to register as a vendor on the day of the bike swap?

 

No.  All vendors must register prior to the day of the bike swap.  Vendors will be able to purchase tables, chairs, vendor passes, and corral tags day of the swap.

Are large bags, carts and rollers allowed in the Swap?

 

Large bags that can be carried are welcome but no carts or rollers as they pose a tripping hazard during the very busy Swap.

Is there an ATM nearby?

 

Yes, the ATM is located in building A to the northeast of the building that the Swap is in. In past years the ATM has run out of cash by the end of the day of the Swap so it's advisable to bring as much cash as you think you are going to spend. Several vendors will also be set up to accept credit and debit card payments. Take advantage of that if you think you'll run short of cash. We'd hate to see you miss out on the fantastic deals you'll find.

Will I be able to use a credit or debit card?

That's up to each individual vendor. Some are set up to take credit and debit cards. The Swap will also be able to take credit and debit card payments for your admission. There will be a 50 cent processing fee added on to your payment.

Are there "in and out" privileges?

Yes. You will be given a wristband when you check in. You will need that wristband to come back into the swap. New this year, we will have bicycling focused workshops upstairs near the main entrance to Building M. Please use your "in and out" privilege to attend one of the workshops then come back in to shop for more deals!

Will there be food available at the Swap?

Yes, we will be selling water, pop and snacks at the information booth (while quantities last). We also hope to have a food truck set up outside the front of Building M for more substantial food.

Is the event wheelchair accessible?

Yes, all of Harper College is accessible. The elevators are located just inside the front door. If you need any help with your purchases please check in at the Information booth and we'll find a volunteer to assist you.

Can I volunteer?

YES! We would love to have you volunteer. Please click Here to sign up for one or more volunteer shifts. As a volunteer, your admission is free.

Will there be bike or large purchase storage at the event?

The Swap does not offer any storage. It would be up to each individual vendor to decide if they want to leave sold items in their booth.

What if I'm not happy with my purchase? Can I return it?

No. All sales are final so examine what you are considering purchasing and make wise buying decisions.

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