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Thread: Time to rehome some machines

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    Time to rehome some machines

    Wife and I have decided we need to part with some of our least used machines. We're going to start with 4 of the plastic geared Singers.

    I've never listed anything on Craigs List for sale and I know a lot of you here have. So can you give me some tips that might help sell these machines?

    I know about good clear photos ... of the front ... so that part is not a problem.

    Joe

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    you look at c/l as much as we do, The price is whats going to sell them..

    If you have never listed there .. beware of the mail that says "do you still have this" and your add posted 1 hr before.

    and the kind that do not ask a question, or really say a thing about the item for sale...if they send a phone number to call, google it first..

    C/l is spammer central

    on photo's about 6 months ago c/l did something on photo posting, now the photo's I get are so dark most can not be seen , other than there outline... So I would make sure your pic's are very light ..

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    That don't sound too good.

    Joe

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    Joe, Craig's List is easy....and I've found it to be productive. Watch for the "I'll send you a money order for $3000.00, and you ship the item with my agent, along with the change".

    I post with either "1.00 OBO" or "1.00 FIRM'. I post my phone number as "five four 1, nine 7 etc." and I request no text, and I don't allow my email to be used... not even anon.

    Photos are important, and tell what you know about the history of the machine.

    "This machine was made circa 1967, by the Singer Sewing Machine Company. The machine is a slant shank machine, and I've included the attachments. The machine has been serviced, and stitches nicely." The more you can tell about the machine, the more likely you are to avoid folks that come look, stitch, and you never hear from again. Those that respond to your ad are more likely to be serious shoppers.

    And for Pete's sake!! Do NOT say ANYTHING about crappy plastic gears!!
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    LOL yeah - sell off the ones with plastic gears - if not, you might be able to give them away.... CL is really easy to use. Go in there where it says, 'my account' - You have to set up an 'account' and then you just follow the steps - be sure to post pictures - nothing - NOTHING sells without pictures. Write a decent ad and don't over price your stuff or we WILL post it on the giggles place and poke fun at you... It is hard to figure out who is spamming and who isn't...
    Never let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    I do wish we had a classifed section one here.....

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    Wish I were closer to you, but I'm really looking for an old iron horse.
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    Not that hard to see which are spammers. you don't need to set up an account... you better off to put your photo on something like photobucket then use there link to post on c/l...

    machines do sell with out a photo. or I should say they do if I'm buying ..LOL. but in the case of buying the industrails, I'm not buying a paint job...

    Then play it by ear

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    All my pics will be on photobucket. That way I can kill 'em if the need arises.

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    Joe, There is a Yahoo group that I belong to named 'SewItsForSale' that you can list sewing related items for sale, including machines for no cost to the seller. You can specify, 'pick up only' or ship. I haven't personally bought or sold anything on it but just an idea for you to consider. It seems like a nice bunch of members, but as always caution is advised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheri View Post
    Joe, There is a Yahoo group that I belong to named 'SewItsForSale' that you can list sewing related items for sale, including machines for no cost to the seller. You can specify, 'pick up only' or ship. I haven't personally bought or sold anything on it but just an idea for you to consider. It seems like a nice bunch of members, but as always caution is advised.
    Sheri,

    Great, I had no knowledge of that site, do you have a link to it?

    Joe

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    i have a singer with plastic gears that is not working it is a side table now. and i have a kenmore with plastic gears and that is also i side table. can not find gears for them . i have know idea hot to fix it anyway..

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    I see two for sale sections on here and a payitforward/ donations.. most are yardafe, once in a while a machine gets listed..



    Quote Originally Posted by didi View Post
    I do wish we had a classifed section one here.....

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    I see two for sale sections on here and a payitforward/ donations.. most are yardage, once in a while a machine gets listed..



    Quote Originally Posted by didi View Post
    I do wish we had a classifed section one here.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by chips88 View Post
    i have a singer with plastic gears that is not working it is a side table now. and i have a kenmore with plastic gears and that is also i side table. can not find gears for them . i have know idea hot to fix it anyway..
    Chips,

    I've been digging like crazy looking for parts. If you could give me the model # of the Singer I might be able to help there. It all depends on what is the problem with the machine.

    Both the Singers and Kenmores with plastic gears can be fixed ... IF you can find the bits and pieces and want to work with them.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by notsureif View Post
    I see two for sale sections on here and a payitforward/ donations.. most are yardafe, once in a while a machine gets listed..
    We're kind of deviating from the original intent of this thread, but that's OK. My question about CL was specific to that venue in that I can keep it local. I didn't want to get into shipping if I could avoid it.
    And on a forum this large I really don't know just how many people would be interested. Most of us already have a bunch of machines and know what we are looking for. (IE; not wanting plastic gears.)
    And the one time I looked at the for sale place here it was limited to quilting related items only. Which leaves out a lot of sewing stuff I'd think.


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    Last edited by J Miller; 08-09-2012 at 11:22 AM.

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    they do sell machines on there,

    agreed I wouldn't ship one of these things either...

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    Joe, it's limited to quilting related items, but most quilters use sewing machines and tools... Machines/attachments are "legal" to post, but it has to be "yard sale value" if I read it right...
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    [QUOTE=Charlee;

    I post with either "1.00 OBO" or "1.00 FIRM'. I post my phone number as "five four 1, nine 7 etc." and I request no text, and I don't allow my email to be used... not even anon.
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    Why do you write out the phone number? I have always wondered about that. And if you don't use your personal email, how do you hear from them, or do you mean you use the "reply to" number at the top of the page? I guess I'm a spammers delight

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    There are phisher bots that invade forums and other sights looking for contact information. If you post your phone number as (206) 555-1234 , those bots will grab it and someone will have your phone number. Perhaps tomorrow you start getting annoying phone calls from telemarketers in Singapore, or someone uses the phone number to find your address and you get uninvited guests at O:dark:30.
    They can do the same thing with your email addy. That,s why many people refuse to put their email on the net or disguise it like the phone numbers. It's basically a self protection thing.

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    they write the number because of auto bots. a program that will take any phone number listed, just like a email abby, then these are sold . now you know why you get calls all day long and e mails selling useless junk
    Last edited by xxxxxxxxxx; 08-09-2012 at 01:42 PM.

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    p.s. once this bot is in your system it also takes any e mail or p# you have in your computer, meaning all your friends now have the bot / virus, yes these are a tojan.

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    More great news from this site. I do love it. PS: Joe, I have just sent you (I think) a PM about my Rocketeer. I am not so good at computer stuff, but I think I might have waded through the right steps.
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    IMHO, DH and I use craigslist all the time. We have sold and bought cattle, furniture, puppies, cars/trucks, sewing machines, hay, farm equipment, etc. We put in our phone number. We have have met the nicest people whether we are buying or selling. I do except email but have always been able to spot a phony (like 2 or 3 in 8 years). One does have to always be careful. Hope it works for you and your DW!

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    ive bought and sold alot from CL as well, a variety of items from clothes to baby items to firewood and hay, and alot of sewing machines. To be honest, if you don't have a way to email you other than phone calls, I dont respond to the ad. Email is easy to delete, and if i have to give out my phone number to contact someone initially I'm not comfortable with that. Thats just me though. When I post for sale on CL I always use the anonymous email address they provide. I've never had a problem getting spam as a result of posting things for sale or buying there.

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