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Message Board > Sewing Machines > How to price machines for sale? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 1/11/14 7:24 AM

I'm downsizing my studio now that my manufacturing is being done elsewhere. Where can I find what I should charge for various vintage mechanicals?

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Date: 1/11/14 11:39 AM

Check Ebay as a start.

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Date: 1/11/14 12:25 PM

Use advanced search and click on finished auctions and you can see what actually sold.

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Date: 1/11/14 4:00 PM

I'd ask here. Can you post pix and collect feedback? Or is that against the rules?

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Date: 1/11/14 8:30 PM

Ditto what Diane said.

The only way to see what the market is paying is to see what has actually sold. eBay is the easiest way to see that....

Then Craiglist... but remember... if it's been on CL for more than a few days, it means it *didn't* get scooped up - so it might be priced a little high.

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Date: 1/12/14 11:21 AM

As far as I know (and have seen here) it is OK to ask what people paid for their machines, what value they would attach to their machines and ask how much a particular machine would sell for in their area.

Keep in mind that E-bay and Goodwill are auctions that are more global, while CL and classifieds are listings that are more regional. PR members can offer information on what a particular machine might bring in their geographical area. It may not apply to where you live or plan to sell.

For example, I had planned to sell my Sofia2. The PR reviews suggested a purchase price of $750 to 950. My dealer quoted me $1050 last spring (to buy). I searched for months and found none listed on Ebay so I decided on $650 because CL had one listed at that a few weeks back. Come to find out BL had a special sale of $599 when my listing went live.
In MT, my daughter has a friend who will pay me $625 because there are no BL dealers and she will save gas and shipping- plus get extras I have to offer. I just have to get it there. In FL, where dealers abound, I would most likely have listed at $500 or $550. Here vintage machines range from $30 to $400 while in a local MT region they begin around $80. Here the Singer FW start around $225 while in the MT region they are closer to $150. Some of this is supply and demand in the area at a point of time.

So there are quite a few variables in determining what to price a machine at. The good thing about vintage is that you can eliminate the dealers. I would start by comparing auctions to listings in your region and see how that compares to what PR members in your selling area would suggest.

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Date: 1/12/14 12:46 PM

Thanks to all of you so much. I knew it wouldn't be as easy as someone with an Ah Ha! website to suggest I'm going to checked the Ebay sold area and see what happens.

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