Where I live is Southern California, there are not many places to purchase used machines...nearest quilt store is about 40 minutes away and I still can't afford their prices of $5k or better for a used high end machine that had previously went for $7k.
Then there's always The Viking Gallery at Joanne's....which is 5 minutes from my house and where I purchased my Viking Emerald 118 on sale for $399 last November just before Thanksgiving ( Black Friday in US). They don't sell used machines.
maybe there are stores in So. Cal that I just unaware of.....any recommendations?