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Thread: Vintage Giggles aka What are they smoking????

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    This person is trying to set the record straiGht on vintage machines:
    http://tulsa.craigslist.org/atq/3067913102.html

    Sadly this will be delated before many read it. Those of you selling sewing machines and typewriters that are old or vintage- really need to get yourself a book on the value of them. The market is flooded with old machines and typewriters and because the value of them wasnt very big to begin with- just because it was made in 1890 or 1900 or even 1920 - they are worth the value of scrap in most cases because nobody collects them enmass and there are thousands and thousands on the market or have been repaired and are sitting collecting dust. I have seen some of them on here 300-400 , for months and months and thats exactly why. Old doesnt mean valuable or collectable-what determines collectability is the amt of them on the market vs the amt of people who want them and there simply isnt the demand. Sorry to break it to you

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    The truthm C/L has been a gold mine for me in getting these machines, I would not have any if not for that site... because of shipping e bay is out of the question...

    now I do go for the crappy one's, taht are falling apart , mainly it's there price... I've been ask time after time, if I'm going to resell these after the restoring .... each person asking has had a glow in there eye. I have to admite they do look pretty good....

    my reply is always the same....... I paid x $ it maybe 25 $ or 100$, put in $100 worth of matrails to restore, any where from 21/2 days to 10 days at 8 to 10 or more hrs per day

    I could have any where from 125 $ to over 200 involed in each machine (8 treadle's ) I will ask them " will you give me $500 for that machine " and that glow goes away ... I could not even imagin trieing to restore and resell these. yet I see add on c/l where two are doing just that and list them very hi.

    we have all heard that story about grand ma's singer being sold for $4200, I first heard that in 1968 and again last month LOL, which could have happened.. but it must have been a 1849 with a whale bone needle or a Queen mary

    I'm sure ol singer had a few made for his misstress's that know one know's about..

    I have to agree with the above statement, but who ever wrote that took there information off the net ...

    what determines collectability is the buyer, not what others think the value is.. The highest I paid so far is $100. it's a singer with one letter and 7 numbers, so it's vaue is scrap, which would be about 30 cents'

    I would bet most people on here would give the 100 I paid. it's a lotus, with very good decals, fact close to the best I have seen in person and net picture's

    In buying I will not dicker on the price. like right now a lady has a singer 61w, she would say a price,, making me think she wants 100's or she might take 25$ or she might want $400. This is why I will not dicker on a price, I know what it will cost me to restore it ... I also deal with vintage to antique car parts and do the same thing ....and yes when I set a price that is the price no dickering LOLOL.. this may sound a bit hard core , but go to wal mart and see if they will sell you new tires for 200 less that there asking price.

    Go check the price's of restored 60's volkswagen bugs or Buses ( 15,000 to 20 ) Then do the math on the total cost of doing this... 10,000 on the average in materails, who wants to drive a old rat trap VW .>>> again LOL

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    Why dicker. People usually price their items higher that they expect to give themselves some "Dickering room". Tell them what you are willing to pay. If they accept, great. If not. Walk away.

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    MOST people will list a higher price, expecting someone to offer less. So they ask for $200, and hope someone will give them $150. They think that if they ask $150, they will only get an offer of $100, and that's less than what they want to get for the item. ~shrug~ Dickering is in the nature of the beast....on BOTH sides of the sale!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    I thought I was a good haggler, but my husband (who worked in a pawn shop) is amazing at it, and his father is a legend. So I've decided my strong point is that I can walk away without a thought. My husband and I are a good "good cop/bad cop" team too.

    The easiest thing I've found is simply to ask, "can you do any better on the price?" Either they can or they can't.

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    Not a lot of information but she's thinking it's a gold mine!

    http://www.classifiedads.com/collect...ad13913565.htm
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    I can't believe they made this into a lamp... http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ws...989420704.html Name:  5N45F35J63Mb3Jb3Hdc5180f609a72c3d1ebd.jpg
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    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/hsh/3075496256.html
    thunk - that was my head beating against the monitor...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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    lamp shades , you know there are sites showing how to make lamps from these old machines LOL that one looks savable...

    The industrial kenmore ,, I was once told I'm sexy and handsome, but she didn't ask for my phone number..

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    http://hattiesburg.craigslist.org/art/3039911937.html Since when does "used" mean $550 more than "new"??

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