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Thread: How low is too low for an unused Janome 6500?

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    How low is too low for an unused Janome 6500?

    So I found a Janome 6500 on Craigslist, it's supposedly 2 years old but never been used. It's listed for $500 obo so I emailed and said I could offer $350. She said she would take that amount. I was all excited to go see the machine tomorrow, but then my husband strongly cautioned me that this really sounded too good to be true, given that this model is is still selling for new for $1500, and suspects that either the machine is stolen or that there is something wrong with it. I emailed her back and asked why she was selling,and she said she is selling it for a friend/neighbor who has become ill and is now living at an assisted living facility. She said she is am just helping her out with this (which is why she asked me to bring thread and fabric).

    What do you think? I would love to get this machine at such a great price, but absolutely don't want it if it's stolen. What would you do?

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    Don't know where you are, but did you ad look like this one?http://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/hsh/3232530054.html

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    I would more than likely go see it. There are a lot of people out there that buy the machines and are then intimated by them. If you have the address you would have nothing to lose by driving by - if you don't like what you see when you drive up, just keep going. Or leave your husband in the car and if you aren't out in a given time, he can call the police. I have 2 rather expensive machines, neither of my daughters sews. I have told them and my husband not to just give the machines away when I am unable to sew, not that I am planning anything, but people that don't sew have no idea. And they can give them to some one that will use it they know, but not just a Goodwill give-away. If you know what I mean. This lady may believe that if she get anything for it she will be ahead of the game.

    A good clue if it is stolen whether or not if if she has the owners manual. If she is an older woman, I doubt that she would sell a stolen machine. The Janome needs to be threaded properly for it to sew well, all the more reason to make sure you have the manual.
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    I have seen ads like that in my area also. Never been used, in box, etc. Will she take a check? That would buy some time to find out the serial number and check with someone to see if it was stolen?

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    Deals like that aren't unheard of. Sometimes you just need to get rid of your stuff, whether it's a sewing machine or some other household item. I sold my 6600 on Craigslist at a very good price. I had upgraded to a 7700 and really just wanted the 6600 to go to a good home where it would be used. The person purchasing brought her husband with her, and my husband was at home with me. I demoed it for her and she took a turn at it and we were all very happy.

    I'd use some caution as others have mentioned. I would not expect someone to take a check from you unless it's a bank check or is certified. If the machine works and you agree on a price, expect to pay cash.

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    I'd go and take someone with me
    Write down the serial # ask where her "friend" bought it
    the resell market for machines isn't that great and they may need the money
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    I am always cautious about Craigslist but have made 3 very good purchases from it and ALWAYS have someone with me ..even as a male you can't be too cautious. I got my beautiful featherweight from Craigslist ...took fabric, thread , extension cord and met at a market...found a plug and tried it out...got it for a great deal...just saturday I bought 4 2/3 yards of beautiful uphosltery fabric to make cushions for a patio set for 9 bucks ..it was originally 60 bucks a yards....the lady had the receipt to prove it...so check it out and if its works ..congrats on a good purchase
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    My great aunt passed away in February. We just closed on selling her house, we got a good price, but eould have sold for a LOT less to be done with everything. So it could be true. But, i wouldn't go by myself...just in case.

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    Deals like that are not at all that weird. "never been used" or not, it is considered a used item. I would jump on the deal!!
    Last edited by Bluelady; 08-27-2012 at 10:27 PM.

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    Take someone with you and go check it out. If she is doing this as a favor, then you could be getting the deal of a lifetime.

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    I would certainly go look at it! Sounds like a very nice bargain. I have the 9500 and really like it. Be sure to test it because it is a computerized machine. For that price, you can' t go wrong.

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    I bought a 6600 off Craigslist in St. Louis for $400. It was from a woman who wanted to upgrade. We went to her home and she brought out all her quilts etc that she had done FMQ on this machine. The thread spindle had broken off and she used a nail and there was something else broken too. Can't remember. My only problem was that we could not thread the darn thing at home and it would not sew for me. The manual was terrible in describing how to thread it. So I took it in to the shop and had it cleaned and a new thread spindle etc fixed. Cost me $125 but now I know how to thread it and it is in perfect shape. Go and check this machine out, I think it 's probably legit. My husband went with me into the house, but it was totally safe. Nice neighborhood etc. Be sure and sew on the machine, find out how it threads, will save you some money !!

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    I don't know about Janome but on some of the Vikings you can go into the settings and see how much it was used. I bought mine used from a LQS and it only had 7 hrs of use. Check with a Janome rep and see if there is a way to tell on this machine. Take someone with you. If you still aren't sure, take the serial # and asked who it's registered to (who she's selling it for) and see if it's registered already with Viking and in who's name. Then decide if it is a good deal. You can do this all in one day so she should hold it for you until that night if it's legal.
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    i'd see if it worked like new, like she says it is and if it looks new and has manual, bobbins, feet, etc. If you like how it runs, I'd take it.

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    Thanks everyone! Looks like its not meant to be, someone else offered up the full amount so she is selling to them. Oh well! The search for a quilting machine continues!

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    So sorry you didn't get it!

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    This struck a memory about a shipment of Janomes that were stolen, It was NOT the 6500. So thats good....I had to look up the article...
    http://content.janome.com/index.cfm/...heNews?NID=268

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    quiltingcandy, that is a great idea. Ask for the owner's manual.

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    Wasn't there something posted a while back about Janome sewing machines being stolen off of a delivery transport truck(18 wheeler)? I would do like everyone said take someone with you, get serial numbers etc., if it sounds and looks good to you then go for it. I can assure I don't think you would ever find a Janome 6500 for that price new. They may be telling the truth and really need the money plus they may not know anything about machines and really do want help the lady out. In either case good luck and I am really hoping it isn't stolen and that you do purchase it.
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    Too bad you missed that... it was probably legit.

    I buy alot of things on CL... and I honestly don't worry about things being stolen, etc. If you waste time worrying and trying to mess with the price, more often than not, you'll lose out to someone else that didn't hesitate.

    I just missed a $2,000 Horn cabinet on CL about a week ago. The dude was selling it for $150! It had been his mother's, and he didn't know what he had. When I called him, he already had someone else coming to look at it... (and it would take me at least 45 minutes to get there) ... so I told him that it was worth at least $500 if it wasn't banged up. So he got $500 from that buyer. (Nice to know I helped someone make an extra $350, huh?)

    There are so many sewing machines out on CL... and most people selling something that they gained ownership of (in one weird way or another) don't know squat about what they are or what they're worth. And it swings both ways - some sellers see an outrageous ad that is attempting to sell an old machine on eBay for big (unrealistic) bucks so then they think that must be what their sm is worth and list it on CL for a similar price.

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    Too bad your offer was too low. I would have gladly given her $500.00 for it. My Grandson was given a brand new, never used Singer -15 clone sewing machine - from the 1950s, I paid him $100.00 for it. There are lots of explainations why there are new machines out there that have never been used.
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    Sounds fishy to me, especially after reading Dunsters Craigs list message. Sounded almost identical.


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    I bought my used Janome 6500 (2yrs old) with two extention tables for $900. from a dealer.
    Great machine and I was happy at the price.

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    When confronted with having to do something with a lot of stuff, the money value is less important then getting the job done. I had to deal with my great aunt's home after she passed away. I was overwhelmed as she kept everything she ever had. No way I was going to sort through all that stuff for weeks. After a few days I was ready to pay someone to come take it all. Her sisters, including my grandmother, thought it should be sorted and sold for what it was worth. I took her with me and after one day she said never mind just get it out of the house and told the other aunts to come do it themselves or keep quiet. LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy View Post
    A good clue if it is stolen whether or not if if she has the owners manual. If she is an older woman, I doubt that she would sell a stolen machine. The Janome needs to be threaded properly for it to sew well, all the more reason to make sure you have the manual.

    The family might not have a clue where the manual is and some people never keep manuals.
    If there isn't one with it, the 6500, 6600 and 7700 have manuals you can print on-line. I don't think the 7700 came with a printed one.

    Sorry you didn't get the machine, but keep looking. I've loved every Janome I've had, only upgrading as they quit supporting the older models.
    Last edited by KalamaQuilts; 08-30-2012 at 04:20 AM.

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