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Thread: How do you sell a machine?

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    Super Member UglyCook's Avatar
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    I'd like to sell my machine locally and I'm scared of Craigslist now (2 sellers assaulted/murdered recently in our area). Any ideas?

    Also, how do you figure out how much a used machine is worth?

    I'm going to go to a local dealer and see what he'd offer, but I'm curious if anyone knows any other options.

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    You could use craigs list as a way to see what other are getting for there machine. But then just put a add in the local paper.

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    What kind of machine are you wanting to sell. I have been watching CL in my area for the past couple months

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    I recently sold something on craigslist but did not meet the buyer at the house. You can meet them at the mall or other convenient public place.

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    see if you can sell it here on the board

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    post a picture and try to sell it here on the board

    Quote Originally Posted by UglyCook
    I'd like to sell my machine locally and I'm scared of Craigslist now (2 sellers assaulted/murdered recently in our area). Any ideas?

    Also, how do you figure out how much a used machine is worth?

    I'm going to go to a local dealer and see what he'd offer, but I'm curious if anyone knows any other options.

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    You could also try ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UglyCook
    I'd like to sell my machine locally and I'm scared of Craigslist now (2 sellers assaulted/murdered recently in our area). Any ideas?

    Also, how do you figure out how much a used machine is worth?

    I'm going to go to a local dealer and see what he'd offer, but I'm curious if anyone knows any other options.
    I too, have a reluctance to list anything now. What kind of machine are you wanting to sell?

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    I too am interested in which machine you are selling.

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    I have purchased 2 machines on Ebay and have been very happy. Craigs list is OK. I have sold a few things but always delivered the item or sent it by UPS. I calculate that in the starting price. However, I agree, put it up for us Quilters first.....

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    I wish there were some kind of Sewing machine Blue book!

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    That Blue Book would be a great idea. I have bought 3 Singer featherweight from ebay and have been very happy with them. One for each Granddaughter. That is a great venue to sell and you can get a good idea of prices there, hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBryan13790
    I recently sold something on craigslist but did not meet the buyer at the house. You can meet them at the mall or other convenient public place.
    To do that, she would need to bring a generator along to power the machine so the buyer can see it in action.........lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBryan13790
    I recently sold something on craigslist but did not meet the buyer at the house. You can meet them at the mall or other convenient public place.
    To do that, she would need to bring a generator along to power the machine so the buyer can see it in action.........lol

    Or plug it into the street lamp like the local homeless people do here to charge their cell phones while begging for money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    I have purchased 2 machines on Ebay and have been very happy. Craigs list is OK. I have sold a few things but always delivered the item or sent it by UPS. I calculate that in the starting price. However, I agree, put it up for us Quilters first.....
    That's what I would do as well. I don't invite multiple strangers to my home.

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    There are a couple of yahoo lists for selling stuff. I sold my Juki TL98 on QuiltersFleaMarket yahoo group. I had to drive halfway to meet the lady but it was still worth it. I don't remember what the other list is called though.

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    sheilajstewart.....wanna adopt me? LOL. just brought an fw on ebay and awaitin on it's arrival any day!

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    NWM, no I have all I can handle with those three, 12, 10 and 6 but thanks for offering. I too am awaiting a FW any day now. They are super little machines and I take them to my quilt guild, and to my church quilting group. Take care!

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    you too, sheilajstewart! I have 7 grandkids....try that! LOL

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    Ohh, so maybe I should list my machines here, sounds like you ladies need them! I have a sewing/embroidery machine and a serger! Not that I've sewn much for my three kids, it's easier to buy ready made.

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    What a good idea, I have a serger, A Singer Ultralock 14 U64A, cheap to a good home, make me an offer! Sheila

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    Sheila, did you find that serger a bear to thread? I didn't even know mine was color coded and when I found it didn't help much because it's colors that I don't see very well. I ended up getting a Babylock with air threading.

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    Ugly Cook, I hated serging Full Stop

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    I hate sewing most things so much that serging works for me because it is FAST!

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    I'm also waiting on a FW a friend of mine got me one from Estate sale for 150. I keep waiting for him to mail it to me. I had looked here on CL and had found one over mother day weekend for 200 then the guy back out of the sale.
    I have been wanting one of these little babies for 10 years. As I have gotten 10 years old and more pain Its getting harder to load up my car with heavy machines for a work shop or sew in.

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