by barba 10 Apr 2017

There are 3 listings for Brother Dream Machines on e-bay for $9000. Claim low usage and like new condition. Should I consider one of these? Have never purchased off e-bay and am frankly afraid to. Any thoughts and recommendations? Thank you with hugs, Barba

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by niki123 11 Apr 2017

You can look at Allbrands here http://www.allbrands.com/categori...

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barba by barba 12 Apr 2017

thank you. Going there now. Hugs, Barba

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by dragonflyer 11 Apr 2017

Hmmm, I would be careful...buying on line can be a disaster or a blessing...My girlfriend just bought a BabyLock Destiny 2 at a sewing and quilt show a couple of weeks ago for under $10,000...brand new with full warranty and a four year service contract...she had to give a "trade in" which she did...but her "trade in" was a very old sewing machine that she did not need anymore...

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barba by barba 11 Apr 2017

Wow! That sounds promising. With my luck I would be in the disaster category. I think I will contact both dealers and ask for any sales, trade-in specials or in store only specials they may have in future. I do have a sewing machine I would just as soon trade in if that were the requirement. Thank you with hugs, Barba

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by sisartrip 11 Apr 2017

Hello Barba,

Online buying is hit or miss. You've got a 50/50 chance at getting a good deal. When people want the most for their product, they usually post on ebay. This can mean the ladies who used something a few times then never touched it again, it can also mean the people who purchase stuff cheap just to re-sell for profit, and then those who have something that isn't working well and want to get rid of it without disclosing what they know to be wrong. With ebay, sellers are held accountable. It is the only online sales in which you have a chance at getting a refund. Check out the ratings of the seller. Check out the feedback left by others for this seller as well. Be open to admitting to the seller that you're apprehensive about their purchase but interested and ask them what comfort they can offer and any refund policy. If the seller is within a weekend drive, get the seller to agree to a demonstration and go to them. Have a weekend getaway with somebody and enjoy the road trip together. See some sites along the way. It could likely be a great investment.. or not. You just have to go with your gut feelings.

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barba by barba 11 Apr 2017

Great advice. I am inclined to go to a dealer as I am afraid I will get taken and have issues getting it resolved. The sellers were all no refunds so I think after reading everyone's advice it is best to stay away. Thank you with hugs, Barba

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by carolvm 10 Apr 2017

Hi I bought a brand new Artista 200 on Ebay a long time ago and I still have it. It was a fabulous buy. Just today I received another Artista 200 that I bought on ShopGoodWill.com. I was really worried about it but when I opened the box and found an almost brand new machine that had been upgraded to a 730, I was absolutely thrilled. I am sooo very happy to have 2 older but nice machines. I have been very lucky and beware there are pieces of junk out there. Be sure to ask the buyer questions and ask about a return policy too. A screen shot of the stitch count would be nice to see too. Best of luck, Carol

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barba by barba 11 Apr 2017

Thank you for the feedback and advice. Am still hesitant but would love a new machine. I love to sew for my grandkids and a new machine would give me more options. Thanks with hugs, Barba

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by graceandham 10 Apr 2017

I would not buy online, period. But if you do, ask them to go through the screens and tell you how many stitches are on the machine. This tells you a good bit about which is the better bargain.

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barba by barba 10 Apr 2017

One of the machines claims to have 75000 stitches and another claims to have 195000. I guess I should go by the rule ' if it sounds too good to be true it is' and just be happy with what I have. Hopefully I can find a repair person to look at my machine. Thank you with hugs, Barba

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by barba 10 Apr 2017

Are Baby Lock Destiny II and the Brother Dream Machine 2 the same machine under different names but made to same specifications? Are the gears and cams metal or plastic? Can not find out. Bernina dealer says Brother are plastic gears and Bernina are metal. Brother says their gears are metal and built to last. So confusing. Thank you. Hugs, Barba

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niki123 by niki123 11 Apr 2017

Lol ! Each brand dealer says bad things about a different brand !

barba by barba 11 Apr 2017

I know. It is funny that they think the best way to make a sale is to down play their competition. I wish they could just be honest. Thank you with hugs, Barba

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by joycedia 10 Apr 2017

I have bought and sold sewing machines on Ebay. Just be sure to ask LOTS of questions (keep their answers) before you bid. I bought a Janome 12000 recently and it had never been unpacked. She bought it and realized it was way too much machine for her so I am a happy camper and loving my "find". :)

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barba by barba 10 Apr 2017

Thank you with hugs, Barba

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by pennyhal2 10 Apr 2017

I'm afraid that there is no guarantee of the condition of this machine. I did purchase a machine on ebay 15 years ago or $2000 without a problem. It was perfectly packed. Why is the person selling this machine? What is the shipping cost on this machine? I would certainly know about a return policy and keep the shipping boxes in case you need to return it.

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barba by barba 10 Apr 2017

Thank you with hugs, Barba

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by queenofhearts 10 Apr 2017

I would not purchase anything of this nature
I couldn't try out for myself.

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barba by barba 10 Apr 2017

Thank you with hugs, Barba

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by asterixsew Moderator 10 Apr 2017

Barba - Mary has been after a machine with a large frame for ages and bought from ebay... luckily she was able to get her money back. I'm in the UK and the dealer I use has a number of 'low use' machines purchased by customers from ebay. For lightly used replace with worn out. I buy lots of small cost items from the internet but wouldn't buy anything of this price unless I could see and try first and have a warranty too. The money you are talking about is a lot. But I do know there are Cuties here who have successfully purchased

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barba by barba 10 Apr 2017

Thank you with hugs, Barba

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by rescuer Moderator 10 Apr 2017

Your post would be better placed in Chat or Embroidery. Here in Freebies it will quickly move to the second, third...page.

I would only buy a machine like that from a reputable dealer that will back the machine for at least 30 days. I would consider one from eBay -- only -- through PayPal or maybe if I didn't need the money

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barba by barba 10 Apr 2017

Sorry. I am on my phone and thought I hit chat. Thank you for your advice. Hugs, Barba

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