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    Where are they they getting the info to price these machines so high. Dreamland?????
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    I think this one's my personal favorite:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/SINGER-99-SE...item5ae36ae27e

    It's on sale for $719, from $899

    Most of his ads are "out there".
    He states in the ad that the "timming" has been checked.

    Glenn, I think a big part of the problem is that someone sets a price, they don't know what its worth, and posts it on ebay. Then people check ebay to see what theirs is worth (but don't check sold prices, just the asking prices.) and assume that theirs is worth the same, and naturally they've picked one in the higher range of the pricing, because theirs is obviously in better shape than most out there.... it snowballs. I've seen the "thrift" stores around here doing that for pricing lately. Sewing machines are outrageously priced around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    I think this one's my personal favorite:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/SINGER-99-SE...item5ae36ae27e

    It's on sale for $719, from $899

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    Plus $100 for shipping!!!
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    http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/art/3122027933.html

    You will laugh at this one even though it is not a vintage machine. This poor girl needs to get herself one.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/art/3122027933.html

    You will laugh at this one even though it is not a vintage machine. This poor girl needs to get herself one.
    That description is hilarious! Poor girl needs an exorcist and a therapist for starts. Wonder if anyone bought it?
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnVT View Post
    That description is hilarious! Poor girl needs an exorcist and a therapist for starts. Wonder if anyone bought it?
    I replied to her ad by suggesting a vintage sewing machine. It would be interesting to see if she replies.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Sounds a lot like my first sewing machine. It was my mammaw's and she swore it was such a good machine, the sewing machine guy said it was the best, blah blah blah... That machine hated me and wouldn't do anything I wanted. I honestly don't know where that machine is now. My husband-at-the-time bought me a new, cheap Brother at Walmart and I was scared to use it too. His mother was the sewing queen and encouraged me to use it and I didn't have a bit of problem out of it. This is why I'm more prone to newer sewing machines than with the vintage ones.

    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/art/3122027933.html

    You will laugh at this one even though it is not a vintage machine. This poor girl needs to get herself one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnVT View Post
    That description is hilarious! Poor girl needs an exorcist and a therapist for starts. Wonder if anyone bought it?
    poor girl..
    BUT,,this happens a lot now and how many "good" sewer's is the industry losing because of crappy machines??? I wish I could give her one of my older one so she could "possess" more positive sewing skills!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennb View Post
    too bad the pix just show a jumbled up mess....hard to see what is really in there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    I replied to her ad by suggesting a vintage sewing machine. It would be interesting to see if she replies.
    good for you...poor kid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    I think this one's my personal favorite:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/SINGER-99-SE...item5ae36ae27e

    It's on sale for $719, from $899

    Most of his ads are "out there".
    He states in the ad that the "timming" has been checked.

    Glenn, I think a big part of the problem is that someone sets a price, they don't know what its worth, and posts it on ebay. Then people check ebay to see what theirs is worth (but don't check sold prices, just the asking prices.) and assume that theirs is worth the same, and naturally they've picked one in the higher range of the pricing, because theirs is obviously in better shape than most out there.... it snowballs. I've seen the "thrift" stores around here doing that for pricing lately. Sewing machines are outrageously priced around here.
    actually, the shipping is good...it will not be easy to ship that table! As for the machine..in the "whole" it is amazing..and very nice, but the price should be more like $300!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    actually, the shipping is good...it will not be easy to ship that table! As for the machine..in the "whole" it is amazing..and very nice, but the price should be more like $300!
    I agree. The shipping is fair. The DH is a courier, and thinks so too. The table breaks down (I have the model 15 version of this table and portable combination), the legs can be removed, but it will still be a big clumsy box or set of boxes.

    I'd still like to be a fly on the wall when the mark... uhm I mean -buyer- opens it, and see how it's packed.

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    just when you think they can't get any dumber...check out this one!

    http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/atq/3129102842.html

    SOME WORK???...really

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    these are not much better...
    this one looks good, but not for that price!
    http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/atq/3129123197.html

    would love this one..for $35!
    http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/atq/3129010059.html

    and this one is really worth the money...
    http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/atq/3106414344.html

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    ok, never mind..this idiot wins...read the title, then the description!
    http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/fuo/3123493423.html

    it is a nice table though..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    ok, never mind..this idiot wins...read the title, then the description!
    http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/fuo/3123493423.html

    it is a nice table though..
    the machine is not the only thing not all there...........
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    these are not much better...
    this one looks good, but not for that price!
    http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/atq/3129123197.html

    would love this one..for $35!
    http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/atq/3129010059.html

    and this one is really worth the money...
    http://oklahomacity.craigslist.org/atq/3106414344.html

    Actually...I'd be on that Minnesota like white on rice if I was closer!!
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    http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/bar/3093127361.html
    makes you just wanna find some old piece of junk to trade for that Brother......
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Is it possible this machine is so rare it is worth $1,500?

    http://annarbor.craigslist.org/atq/3055749724.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Actually...I'd be on that Minnesota like white on rice if I was closer!!
    you would have to run over me..hehehhe
    oh wait..I am that close...hehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    Is it possible this machine is so rare it is worth $1,500?

    http://annarbor.craigslist.org/atq/3055749724.html

    DEPENDS alert...as in I laughed so hard I had tears running down my legs..hehehe...NO..this is another clone...hhaheheh...some people!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    DEPENDS alert...as in I laughed so hard I had tears running down my legs..hehehe...NO..this is another clone...hhaheheh...some people!
    Depends Alert... that one got me... We need a stock answer for those we can all send the guy. Maybe send him to the 15 clone thread on here so he can research all the other rare and valuable machines.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Hi there!

    I noticed you've listed a (machine title here) on (place of listing). That's wonderful! It's always a treat to see these machines make their way back into the world for a new generation of sewers.

    There's just a teeny little problem--you've listed your machine at a unreasonably high price of (dollars here). You see, in the 1940's Singer came out with the Singer Model 15. It was a great little machine, so much so that everyone who had a sewing machine manufacturing plant started doing their darndest to copy the design. It's a lot like the way the iPhone has had its major style components incorporated into every single smartphone on the market--if a lot of people like the design, other manufacturers are going to try to copy it!

    Sadly, that brings us to the ugly truth about the machine you've listed. As it is a Model 15 clone, it isn't worth (dollars here). It isn't even worth (some amount lower than dollars). It's not rare, or unique, or any other misnomer you might care to attach to it. Literally every single manufacturer during this time made their own Model 15 knockoff, from America to Japan to Germany.

    So please, do the sewing public a favor--reconsider your asking price. I'm sure you'd like to see it get used, and for it to be appreciated by someone who will maintain it just as well as you or the previous owner did. It will never sell at that price, and it will save you the time of hitting "repost this ad" every week or so.

    Thank you ever so much! Please let me know if you'd like to learn more about the Model 15 machine or vintage machines in general--as I'm sure you can tell, I'm a bit of a fanatic!

    Sincerely,
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    How does this look? XD I've sent similar emails out before--there's one lady on CL who won't believe me when I say her 301 without cords or bobbin case and no attachments isn't worth $80!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brynn View Post
    How does this look? XD I've sent similar emails out before--there's one lady on CL who won't believe me when I say her 301 without cords or bobbin case and no attachments isn't worth $80!
    Wow - very polite!
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
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