Mountain bikers and road cyclists can now trade bikes and parts safely and securely online thanks to Shepherd Trade Secure, SA’s first true third party holding service, which has expanded its service to include the couriering of bicycles across the length and breadth of South Africa.
Shepherd removes the risks associated with face-to-face dealings with dodgy sellers or just plain weird buyers, by taking cash and personal contact out of the online classified experience, and ensuring delivery is hassle-free.
“Shepherd has negotiated bulk shipping deals with RAM to limit courier fees – a cycling carton with the dimensions 145cm x 22cm x 76cm will cost just R572 to be couriered anywhere in the country,” said Shepherd’s Managing Director Martin Reynolds. “With big races like the Momentum 94.7 and the Coronation Double Century coming up, cyclists will be keen to buy and sell using online classifieds and can now do so without the risks associated with dealing with someone they don’t know, even someone in a different city.”
Powered by Standard Bank and endorsed by Gumtree South Africa, Shepherd is South Africa’s trusted escrow service partnered with a courier. This means Shepherd reduces the risk of fraud (or worse!) for both parties, by holding the buyer’s money in trust and releasing the funds only once the parcel has been delivered, inspected and accepted by the buyer.