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How to Sell a Gently Used Sewing Machine
...a lot of questions - Help please!!
Canadian Jane
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Date: 8/4/11 1:09 PM

I am thinking of selling my Pfaff QE4. Where I live I will likely get diddly squat on trade -in but I am apprehensive about selling it on-line. My dealer won't take it back. I have zero experience with this.

So... do I put on Kijiji? Put an add in the paper? Both?

Also - it is only about a month or so out of the box - how much do I sell it for? (Especially since I don't think the warranty will transfer.)

Do people typically come to your home to test drive?? Or is there another way this can be handled? Do you sell it as is?

If I sell it to someone who lives a distance away, who pays for the shipping?

Any comments/suggestions will help. Also, I don't know if this is relevant but I live in the Edmonton, AB Canada area.

I am only about 90% certain I want to sell it but when I am certain I just want to know exactly the best way to do this. I will appreciate any feedback/ideas.

Thanks!

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Date: 8/4/11 3:50 PM

Ebay might be your choice. List everything what the machine came with. Do a few stitches so everyone can see that the machine does work. Make sure you have the box that it came in that is the best way to mail it.
If you want to get rid of it fast. Start with a lower price. You can also put a reserve to on it. But be willing to loose some money on it.
Put insurance on it and a tracking no. Always ask enough money for postage. Your time to put it together in the box and time to take it to the post office. A lot of people short themselves buy not having enough postage .
you can also put it on your kijiji to.
Which ever way you choose good luck.

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Date: 8/4/11 4:04 PM

Ok,
I am not trying to be cruel here, keep that in mind...
(Uh ohh)

Look at what you paid for the machine.
Now think of a number right around 1/2 of that.

New sewing machines, like new cars, lose value the moment you take them out of the box.

If you expect to sell it without letting people try it first, as is, then expect to go lower than that.
If you ship it, that is something you and the purchaser would have to agree on. When I ship a machine, though, I include that cost in my final bill to the purchaser.

If this is a plastic computerized machine, the further away you get from it's creation date, the less it's worth. The joys of planned obsolescence!

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Date: 8/4/11 4:35 PM

Start with your shipper. These things are very expensive to properly pack and they will let you know the procedure. Some shippers will fully insure with your packing, some insist on packing themselves to fully insure. Be sure to let them know if you have the original box and packing materials. It will help to have a ballpark of the shipping price by doing this. The purchaser pays the shipping. Make it clear in your advertising that your shipping fee will include the full amount of shipping, packaging materials and insurance. Yes, once you have thoroughly checked the machine over and are satisfied that it is working, you sell it as is. Be prepared to post pictures and have more pictures to send to serious inquirers. Picture every little thing. If there is anything indicating machine hours, that too. Inside the bobbin area, included accessories, any little scratches. Totally document the machine with pictures. Is Kijiji like Craigslist? I include a message that I will not open emails that don't contain a code line that I put in the ad that is different from the ad heading. Otherwise, you get every nut sending you stuff, including scam stuff. Check successful ebay sales for a price range. Did you buy it from the dealer, they may be able to hook you up with an interested party. I don't think there is a need to demo it at home. I tried that once. The lady just really wanted a very long sewing lesson and was unsure of what machine she wanted. I didn't think I could ever get her out of the house. If you do have someone over to pick it up, have someone at home with you and be prepared to show 2 or 3 functions that indicates that it works and then they need to be on their way and out the door.

I got a very good price when I purchased a BabyLock Evolve Wave and sold it a year later for the same price. But, it was a very sought after machine. Be thorough with your pricing research so you can set a firm and reasonable price to start with. Let people within your circle know that you are selling it. Best wishes.

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Date: 8/4/11 5:55 PM

Great Info and thank you all very much.

I really don't want people coming to my home that I don't know. This is part of my hesitation in selling it.

I have never used e-Bay or Craigslist for anything so I will have to check that out. I rather doubt the dealer will send anyone interested my way - not if they can get someone to buy it from them.

Oh God... the shipping alone will probably cost me a fortune given where I live but it is good advice to find out what that will be.

Sigh... I might be just as well off to give it back to the dealer, tell him/her to use it as a door stop and save my pennies for a new one. I wonder if anyone has ever done this???

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Date: 8/4/11 6:09 PM

I just bought an Activa 240 from eBay and watched from my front door as the UPS guy threw it from the back to the front of the truck. It's broken, unuseable. Now the seller and I have to *hope* insurance will cover it. Just sayin'. I do hope you'll disclose any problems you've had with the machine. There was a gal who posted on PR about multiple, serious problems with her QE 4, and then sold it on SewItsForSale. There was nothing in the ad about the machines problems. Maybe she disclosed them in further communications.

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Date: 8/4/11 6:25 PM

I did give in mine at a dealer for a part exchange of an embroidery machine but I honestly didn't get half of it's original price. I just said to myself that nearly half is better than nothing.
Do you have a profesional Ebay seller near you? He would arrange to insert it on ebay for you with photos and all the info and price of the machine. If it gets sold he would arrange to pack and send it away with insurance. There is a fee to pay but it's always better than using your machine as a doorstop.

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Date: 8/4/11 7:19 PM

Does the machine not run?

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Date: 8/4/11 7:43 PM

May I ask why you want to sell it? I have an expression 3 I bought in January and I am very happy with it. Of course you should sell it if you want, but you will lose a significant amount of money. Are you sure you have given it enough time to get used to the differences with your last machine? One month doesn't seem like a lot of time for a machine of that complexity.

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Date: 8/4/11 7:52 PM

Warranties are limited to the original owner.

Watch Ebay for this model or one similar to get an idea for price as well as interest (# of bids and final selling price).

Pack up the machine and take it to UPS and have it weighed.

Figure the shipping and insurance for CA as well as to the USA.

List the machine with the shipping cost as the buyer pays for this.

Forget Craig's List - anyone interested will want to try out the machine and that would mean coming to your home.

This listing does not indicate if the machine is new or used. You can email the seller if you wish to ask a question.


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