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Message Board > Sewing Machines > I totally blew it ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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sharonbenter
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Date: 1/1/14 8:08 PM

I have been watching an Ebay auction for a Baby Lock Evolution serger/overlock with the 8 cones, jet air threading for 5 days. It was a machine used infrequently by someone who fell on hard times, and as the days went on, I increased my bid to "almost" my top limit....leaving a small gap in case I needed to increase at the last minute.
I remained top bidder for several days, and allowed myself to daydream a bit of all the fun I'd have with it
So today was the day, and even though I knew better than to get my hopes up too much, I admit I was getting a little giddy about it.
The auction was to end in 3 hours...I busied myself putzing around the house, then the phone rings. It's my son.

He just wanted to chat, having just dropped my granddaughter off with her mother. And chat we did. For well over an hour. I hadn't realized what time it was, and after our conversation ended, I got that sinking feeling that told me straight away: "you nincompoop....the auction is over and you didn't watch it".
Sure enough, I was outbid.
I could have cried. What a daft thing....the seller even said she had a Pfaff 7570 that she was keeping, I used to have that machine and now have a 2170....I mean, the Brother machine would have been so right at home here, lol.

Live and learn. Hopefully that machine has a new forever home, and I will find a better deal in the near future. I'll keep watching!

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Date: 1/1/14 8:25 PM

It probably wasn't meant to be. I was watching something on the shop goodwill site. Missed the time and some lucky person got a bang up deal in a sew steady table:)
Life goes on. Happy new year

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Date: 1/1/14 8:26 PM


Gosh, I've done that before too! I can imagine how disappointed you are. Don't worry, another one will no doubt come along on Ebay soon, and who knows, it may be an even better deal than the one you missed out on!

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Date: 1/1/14 8:37 PM

Something might still go wrong with the winning bidder. I've picked up items because they were nonpayers or had buyer's remorse and blamed it on their dog bidding or something.

I have to admit I'm an avid sniper. Some people have software for that, but how sporting would that be? :p

I don't bid a dime until the last couple minutes of the auction (I have a special kitchen timer just for making sure I'm there on time.) And I bid everything I'm willing to part with.

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Date: 1/1/14 8:51 PM

Oops! Double post.
-- Edited on 1/1/14 8:51 PM --

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Date: 1/1/14 9:03 PM

I've been wondering if PR folks purchase from the Goodwill site and your comment is the first one I've seen.

I watch the machines all the time but I hesitate to bid because none of the machines are well reviewed or tested.

Have you purchased any machines successfully from Goodwill? And if you did, how well was it packaged for shipment?

Kippy

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Date: 1/1/14 9:10 PM

i always leave my top bid and walk away. if i get it, fine, if not, fine. your bid does not increase unless someone bids against you. playing the game u played makes no sense to me. maybe if you bid your maximum from the beginning, u would have won the machine? better luck next time.

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Date: 1/1/14 9:18 PM

Curious.....how much did it go for? I checked the completed listings and couldn't figure out which one it was.

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Date: 1/1/14 9:24 PM

I've bought several machines from the Goodwill site and have had no problems. Most have been fairly well packaged, but when I bought a featherweight at a bargain price ..it was listed as an "old Singer"..I did offer to pay extra for more packing and extra bubble wrap. They declined and it arrived in good shape and well packaged.

I consider it to be better than eBay...the vendor doesn't really have a financial interest in it and the listings seem to be much more honest. I've seen pix of the frayed cords and whatever. If you write them aboit a listing, theydo their best to answer. They will plug in and check if it runs, usually before listing it. I probably wouldn't buy a computerized machine, but I go for the vintage mechanicals.

The machine I'm currently using for all my sewing came from them...a $25 1950's turquoise and cream Brother...I love it!!

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2011-80.25+30+donated
2012 86.3 yds..
2013 21.0
Everyone who sews seriously has a stockpile of fabrics, because it is natural to purchase more than can be sewn in any one season" Singer, Timesaving Sewing, 1987

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Date: 1/1/14 9:45 PM

Like UrbanFool, I bid once, I bid my absolute max, and I bid as late in the auction as possible.

Your strategy, Sharon, is called "nibble bidding". And nibblers seldom bid their max. Remember, it is not the last bid that wins, it's the highest bid that wins.

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