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Share-bikes sold online as 2nd-hand
   2016-12-19 18:32:09    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

A Mobike and an Ofo bike parked on the street in China. [Photo: Beijing Morning Post]

In the last year a number of share-bike companies have emerged in China, offering bikes on demand for users. Netizens recently discovered the share-bikes can be bought online as second hand. In response, a number of China's main online 2nd-hand trading platforms have promised to ban the sale of the bikes.

According to the Beijing Morning Post, a number of screen shots emerged from the online trading platforms that advertised a Mobike (one share-bike brand) for sale at a price of 2,000 yuan (288 USD) and an Ofo bike (another share-bike brand) at 99 yuan (15 USD). The bikes, usually equipped with a GPS tracker or QR code to unlock the bike had been removed.

Online trading platforms such as 58.com, ganji.com and zhuanzhuan.58.com, responded by removing all the share-bike sales on their platforms, and in future, will block the accounts involved and notify the police.

Share-bikes have gained massive popularity in the last year, providing convenient and available transport to users, they have, however, been reportedly stolen or sabotaged.

Ofo's chief public relations officer says share-bikes are mostly sabotaged by drivers already participating in illegal transport activities, and the staff of bicycle parking lots. To a lesser extent, some users simply take or hide the bikes in their own home to prevent others from using or hiring the bike.

Stealing a share-bike is an offence. Recently, a man who stole one of the bikes was sentenced to 3-month detention and probation, and was fined 1,000 yuan (144 USD) by the Shanghai Minhang People's Court.

In addition, Mobike has been working with Shenzhen Traffic Police Bureau to draft regulations over the use of share-bikes.

Mobike already has a points system in place to deter misuse, and if the user loses points, the rental price increases.

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