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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Bernina B380 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Bernina B380
Is the floor model discount worth the risk?
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Date: 8/11/11 9:36 AM

I need some words from experience. After going through oodles of research, I think I have decided on my preference: a Bernina B380. I haven't gone for a test sew yet because if I fall in love, I won't be able to walk out the door without it.

The dealer (a high-end quilt shop that also sells high-end machines including Babylock etc.) has quoted me the following prices: New at 1,599 (pre-tax) and Used at $1,200 (pre-tax). The used is a floor model that is just under 6 months old. They only keep floor models out for 6 months at a time, sell them, and replace.

What is the opinion on purchasing the floor model at this price? I could certainly use the saved cash to purchase more feet, but is the risk worth it? Can I mitigate the risk by looking for certain things that suggest rough use or ask certain question to get a true picture of its past life as a floor model?

Would love all opinions.

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Date: 8/11/11 10:37 AM

That is a GREAT price! I'd never hesitate to buy a floor model, at least at the dealers I've bought from. Warranty is same as brand new so you're protected. Machines used under the supervision of the staff with them there at hand. In fact when I've bought machines I've asked if there's a demo/floor model available to save yet knowing my warranty's same as if I just took it out of the box.

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Date: 8/11/11 10:43 AM

My first Bernina, a 1010, was a demo/floor model. It came with the original warrenty (still in force after 20 years) and has never given me a problem even after being pushed into non stop service many years. That's a really good discount unless your dealer's as crazy as mine can be at times - I got my last machine for 30% off.

So I would say go for the demo!

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Date: 8/11/11 10:58 AM

Depends on your personality. If you get a floor model and then are always wondering about it, it is not worth it IMHO

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Date: 8/11/11 11:04 AM

I agree with that. If it always makes you nervious you might want to pass. Frankly I wouldn't. Floor models get demoed but aren't used for projects.

Also I might mention Bernina is having an 24 months no interest sale between the 11th and the 15th for anything over $1000. That's how I alway buy machines! Those interest free deals!

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So many projects, not enough time
At my house in VA:
Bernina 1010, Activa 220, Artista 630E, B580
Singer 201-2, 221, Bernina Serger 1300MDC, Babylock Enlighten, Babylock Sashiko, Consew 75T

At my Lake House in PA:
Bernina Artista 165E, Singer 503A. Bernina Serger 1100d

http://sewingtechie.blogspot.com/

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Date: 8/11/11 11:28 AM

Your floor model will certainly come with the full warranty and dealer support. I would lunge at this price if I were you. The B380 is a wonderfully machines sewing machine, the light is the best I have EVER seen on a machine, and it sews flawlessly.

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Date: 8/11/11 11:28 AM

I bought a Bernina Activa 230 PE floor model and I absolutely love that little machine. I have no problem buying a floor model for less $$. I figure a machine that's on the floor as a demo has been maintained and adjusted to sew the best it can. It's the dealer's demo and if they want to sell machines they had better have a good demo machine. It will have the full warranty just like a new machine. I'd go for the floor model and use the savings to buy presser feet

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Date: 8/11/11 4:00 PM

Very excellent price -- yes LUNGE at that price, lol. I can promise you that I didn't pay that much less than that for my floor model 350PE!!! The 380 was gone, or I probably would have wound up with that one, but I like the 350 just fine.

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Date: 8/11/11 11:33 PM

Floor models are a great way to save. The machine has been "sewn-in" and any issues the machine had should have been discovered and corrected. A good store will keep it's demo top-notch so that is shows off well. And although it's been used, the use is limited and supervised by the store staff.

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Date: 8/11/11 11:45 PM

Those are BOTH great prices! Just decide if "brand-new" is worth $400 to you.

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