Member since 3/10/08
Date: 3/11/08 8:09 AM
I am considering buying a new sewing machine and am very interested in the Brother Duetta 4500D. My local dealer quoted a price of $4,999; however, in checking this site for comments about the machine, I have seen prices much lower. And there is Ebay, with lower prices. My question is, if you purchase a machine from an individual on Ebay, would it have a factory warranty?
I would like to purchase my machine from the local dealer to be eligible for training and extra classes. Is there a way to negotiate a lower price?
I have also considered the Husqvarna Designer SE Limited and wonder how the two machines compare. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
This is my first post and I'm looking forward to having lots of fun here!
Member since 2/17/07
Date: 3/11/08 10:30 AM
I think you are best off by taking a good look at all the available machines in the range you are looking at. What are the competitors to the Duetta? Find out and test them out. You might fall in love with another one.
You will most probably not get the warranty from the e-Bay seller. Ask, but it is usual that that only comes through an authorized Brother (or other brand) of dealer. How much is that worth? Well, most of the time with most things, the first year is the most trouble free time. The warrantee on the first year gets used seldom. You will need more repair and maintaining as the machine gets older as a general rule. Less will be covered with each year. So, you might be able to live comfortably with the local repair man in your area who can fix any minor first year problem for a small amount of money, rather than spend a lot on a guarantee machine which might never pay you to have. That is a risk, but there are times that you can pay $500+ more for a machine just for the guarantee and never use it and you would have paid less using a reasonable repair man in your neighborhood.
This is really a great resource for finding out what things cost. When I bought my machine, I could have paid DOUBLE what I did, had I not been careful and done my homework.
Good luck. Negotiations are fun and doing the homework is delightful, too!
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|Sewing Diva Susan
Member since 11/9/06
In reply to Judy Barrar
Date: 3/12/08 1:38 AM
Here is the thing, even if you get a machine with a warranty off ebay, you will need to return your machine to that dealer for warranty work. I would try shopping around, you should get a better price than that, the Brother Duetta 4500D, is the 4000D with the first upgrade plus a few more goodies, but the new upgrade Brother has that is 399.00 has to be bought extra for the 4500D as well for the 4000D at that point they are pertty much the same machine. Plus there are a few upgrades online for this machine. I have the 4000D and just love it, I have had it upgraded so I did not buy the 4500D when it came out. Word in the industry is Brother is coming up on their 100 year anniversary and they are planning something real big for a new top line embroidery machine. I will at that point think of moving into a new Brother. But you will just love the 4500D it is a real nice machine. Around here they offer it for 3999.00 to 4500.00 cash price, if you have a trade than that is a whole different ball game. But most dealers will price match, so visit some other stores and than share the informaiton with the one you want to buy from. Also don't even bother trying to get them to give you a price over the phone, Brother dealers cannot give out that information over the phone, dealer contract thing.
Good luck, and don't give up till you get what you want.
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Member since 8/14/06
Date: 3/28/08 12:01 PM
I too am going back/forth between Brother Duetta 4500D and Viking Designer SE limited. Have you made decision? I currently have a Brother ULT2001 and love it. But I don't like the dealer. I live 1/2 way between Louisville and Cincinnati so could go either direction. But it's 50 miles each direction so I am trying to get all my thoughts straight before I actually go to any dealers. I can't decide whether to trade in my ULT2001. One Viking dealer isn't interested in it. Does anyone have any more info on the possibility of Brother coming out with something else for 100th anniversary?
Member since 8/25/07
Date: 3/28/08 12:30 PM
The brother web site mentions a $300 mail-in-rebate for the duetta 4500 till the end of March for machines that are purchased at an authorized brother innov-is dealer.
Member since 4/21/08
Date: 5/20/08 10:27 PM
Heard a rumor that Brothers is coming out with a new machine for it's 100th year anniversary. Has anyone else
heard or know anything?
Member since 4/22/04
In reply to sksnme
Date: 5/21/08 3:56 AM
The Brother site has a teaser ad and email on their new TOL embroidery/sewing machine coming out this summer. It is supposed to have new state of the art feautures. I guess we have to wait for Brother to fill us in on all the features over a period of time until the big moment that it will be introduced. The Viking site is teasing us also with their new machine but we now know more about the new Viking.
New York USA
Member since 1/31/04
In reply to Judy Barrar
Date: 6/22/08 6:57 AM
Yes, you can negotiate the price, just like purchasing a car. You noticed diferrent prices because dealers price the machines independently. A good price for the duetta is closer to 4,000. If you live in NY or close by call Marv at Marvelous creations (marvelouscreations.com) If you buy from ebay you will not have dealer support which is very important.
The Husqvarna Designer SE is a good machine but will cost you more than the Brother.
I have the Duetta and love it, it is very user friendly.
I hope that this helps,
Member since 10/24/07
In reply to Judy Barrar
Date: 6/22/08 9:22 AM
Realize the Dream
I hope this link comes through, it is brother's new machine to be unveiled in August this year. I would think the other machines might have a price drop then.
I have the 2001 ULT and love it, that machine hasn't skipped a beat since I've had it. The 4500 should only be sold from an authorized dealer at this time. You will not get warrantee honored on this machine if it is an authorized dealer. If you are interested in your local brother it never hurts to figure out what you feel a fair price would be and then stop by the shop and just give them an offer! They could sell it for what price they want, varies dealer to dealer. Sometimes it just depends on their mood!!! Make an offer!
For example, I wanted the new little brother embroidery combo that came out, the Innovis 900D but didnít care for our local dealer to purchase from, price or service (The 900 is a step up from the 350)Ö. so, I ended up with the SE-350 instead that brother allows Wal-Mart, etc. to carry. That one you can buy new on eBay and get the full warrantee. I actually found mine new on Craigís List and it is great! (This was for a small, lightweight tote around machine). Some machines you can buy with full warrantee through eBay, others not, usually your better machines have an authorized dealer contract and you canít have them shipped from another area, too, territorial contracts.
Iím anxious to see the new one that they are coming out with!!!
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Member since 11/4/07
Date: 6/22/08 9:48 AM
If you don't mind me asking, what was the price of Brother 900D you were considering? Also, what did you think of the machine? None of Brother dealers in my area have a 900D on display and I'm interested in the machine (just for the Disney capabilities).