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    Default How Would You Go About Selling Your Machine?

    Hi All,

    First, my disclaimer: I know that we are never, ever to try to sell things here on the forum. I will purposefully not mention what I'm hoping to sell, specifically because I don't want to break this rule.

    Having said that, may I pick your brains about how you would go about selling your gently used machines? I tried Craigslist before Christmas, but didn't even get a nibble. If you were selling a machine in the $1,000-$1,500 price range, where would you list it? Would you consider shipping it, or would you strictly list locally?

    Thank you!
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    I have sold machines and a lot of other things but strictly local. I advertized on a national site which lists local items. I have had the item in the front room of the house if they wanted to test out. I have all parts and manual available to peruse. Sites here that worked for me is Kijiji and local area selling on Facebook.

    I only accept cash. If they want to pay by cheque, then I would have them wait 7-10 days to pick up item until all is clear with your bank. There are too many scams lately even with cheques or e-transfers. As an example, a seller accepted a cheque, but the amount was overpaid. The buyer suggests an e-transfer back to him. Easy peasy, except now they have your money and their cheque is fraudulent. Go with your gut, but know that scammers are pros.

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    Default Re: How Would You Go About Selling Your Machine?

    Depending on what type machine it is you could look for Facebook Classified groups for your type machine.

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    If you belong to a quilt guild you could let them know you are selling your machine perhaps a member is looking for one to upgrade from what they have. My sister sold hers like that with word of mouth to the quilters.
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    Default Re: How Would You Go About Selling Your Machine?

    I personally don't trust using on-line markets - like Craigslist (too many horror stories).
    I would probably go to my local sewing machine shop and see if they take machines on consignment.

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    Default Re: How Would You Go About Selling Your Machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by SuzanneOrleansOntario View Post
    I have sold machines and a lot of other things but strictly local. I advertized on a national site which lists local items. I have had the item in the front room of the house if they wanted to test out. I have all parts and manual available to peruse. Sites here that worked for me is Kijiji and local area selling on Facebook.

    I only accept cash. If they want to pay by cheque, then I would have them wait 7-10 days to pick up item until all is clear with your bank. There are too many scams lately even with cheques or e-transfers. As an example, a seller accepted a cheque, but the amount was overpaid. The buyer suggests an e-transfer back to him. Easy peasy, except now they have your money and their cheque is fraudulent. Go with your gut, but know that scammers are pros.
    I would be leary about having someone come to my house to pick it up. They could come and then rob you. Over here, it has been recommended to meet at a public place or if they must pick up at your home, check with the sheriff's office to have an officer come by when the buyer is supposed to show up.

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    One of our local quilt shops-they do not deal in machines-has a bulletin board with machines for sale, also allow you to advertise for quilting and mending services.


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    Thank you all for your great ideas and for your wise cautions. You've given me good food for thought.
    Toni ... If I keep sewing long enough, will they make their own dinner?

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    If you use facebook, and are friended with a bunch of quilters, there is facebook marketplace. I bought a featherweight from a lady who lived three towns over. I did not know the lady, but she was a quilter. It was an adventurous day!
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    There is a group on Yahoo. You may have to set up a Yahoo account, but no cost and then join the group. I haven't used them, truthfully, but it might be a lead for you. You would get emails for things which are posted. If you have concerns, you could email the person and see what their experience has been.

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