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Message Board > Sewing Machines > vikings no longer loved ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 12/3/12 7:06 PM

i was trying to sell my viking to my dealer. well apparently he can't sell them because viking just aren't selling anymore?

have any of you guys found this to be the case?

what happened?

or are more ppl just having bad experiences with them?

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Date: 12/3/12 7:28 PM

We have a Janome dealer here in town who is like that "oh (whatever machine you are trying to trade in) they are just junk. I don't even want it." I don't know what price point you have to be buying at for him to take your "junk" but I don't put any stock in anything he says. I love my Viking Opal that I bought about three weeks ago - from another dealer!! LOL

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Date: 12/3/12 8:22 PM

I don't think so - I think that there are just dealers who don't like or want to sell certain brands. I've heard nothing negative about them for quite some time.

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Date: 12/3/12 9:14 PM

I think it was some of the lower priced Vikings that weren't that great. You might check them out on eBay. Many machines are sold there.

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Date: 12/4/12 0:10 AM

I've owned a couple of Vikings in the last 5 yrs, they were good machines, most dealers don't want used machines period.

Viking doesn't seem to have the dynamic that Janome, Bernina & Brother do these days and I'm hard pressed to say exactly why. My local Viking dealer started carrying Brother last year and they far outsell the Vikings.

Perhaps Ebay as a means to sell yours would be an option?

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Date: 12/4/12 10:59 AM

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Date: 12/4/12 11:44 AM

I imagine that it has to do with the brand machine that the dealer is carrying, and not a reflection on your machine. Some dealers will automatically bad mouth the machine lines they don't carry. It isn't very nice, and you shouldn't listen.
A dealer in our town disparaged my favorite brand of machines; now he carries them. I doubt if he is saying rotten, untrue things about them now!

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Date: 12/4/12 11:58 AM

I sold a Viking Designer SE about two years ago. It was a lovely machine, not junk at all. I downsized, so decided to keep a smaller machine (with fewer features).

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Date: 12/4/12 12:06 PM

I recently called about a trade in price for a different brand. The response made it clear to me that my dealer wants to sell new machines and isn't particularly interested in dealing with used machines. I wouldn't pin your experience on the Viking brand.

On reflection, and in fairness to my dealer, I would imagine that there are selling quotas that dealers need to maintain. And, of course, the profit generated from a new machine sale that is necessary to cover their operating costs.

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Date: 12/4/12 12:47 PM

My Diamond Deluxe is a fantastic machine. It's just beautiful in so many ways. I've owned all the Designers except the first Diamond, and they have all been great and so well-mannered. But I got a sense of dissatisfaction with the Viking company from my former dealer, previously one of their top dealers. I think it must have occurred with the reorganization. Anyway, I notice she now sells Berninas and Brothers too.

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