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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Assessing vintage machine prices ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 6/12/13 0:51 AM

I've been researching a new to me machine for a while. I'll be buying either from a dealer or kijiji (Our Craig's list is terrible). Having a hard time evaluating the asking prices. I know they should fall between eBay and garage sale pricing, but.... Where?

For example, how much more would you pay for a cabinet? Pristine condition? Tons of accessories? Original manual? And for those in Canada, how much more inflated are our prices? What about intangible things like the history of the machine from the owner or a family member?

I don't want to rip anybody of but I do want to have a leg to stand on if I counter offer.

If anybody's curious, the particular machine is a Bernina 830 in a cabinet; not sure what accessories it comes with or even if there's a case. The asking price of $750 strikes me as sentimental attachment, or a seller asking for a dealer's estimated value or something. However, the same questions would hold true for any purchase.

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Date: 6/12/13 6:03 AM

We do have an active Craig's list here and one just popped up for an 1130 in a cabinet w/ lots of extras for $2000!! Well, of course this is very high indeed, BUT it included many extra feet, a walking foot and the cabinet appears to be Horn. Nice rig. Its worth what someone is willing to pay, literally. But all are negotiable. Often w/ new listings, sellers want to try to get top dollar and some do! So much depends on condition of the machine and cabinet and the extras included. Subjectively based on what I've seen w/ these bernina listings is that your seller is off by maybe $200 and the one near me "should" sell for less than half what she's asking. Best you can do is just make an offer of what you are willing to pay. Yes, $750 does sound high but remember most sellers expect to reduce their price or at least to be asked to. i think the majority price items like this within $100 of what they are willing to accept...at least initially. If you have no use for the cabinet, you can ask price of machine only or you can buy the bundle and sell the cabinet to off-set your costs. there's a dandy machine and cabinet on our CL now and i would love the cabinet but don't want the machine--which is a nice one. I may buy it for the cabinet and sell the machine.

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Date: 6/18/13 6:08 AM

The 830 is a desirable vintage Bernina model. If it is in good running condition with all of its original accessories (including the carrying case), and the cabinet is a nice piece of solid wood furniture, the price is at the high end, but not overpriced- IMO. A lot of the pricing depends on the condition of both the machine and cabinet, and how much that cabinet is really worth to you.

If you really want it (and it's been on the market for a couple of weeks), I'd start at a little over half of their offering price and see where you can meet in the middle.

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Date: 6/18/13 7:15 PM

I'm living back in NY but most of the time I expected to pay about 30% above US prices for most things in Canada.

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Date: 6/19/13 1:13 PM

The 830 is about 2-4 hundred and the 930 is 4-7 hundred around here for a portable. Table? Don't pay mor than 100 unless it's your dream table/cabinet!

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