Friday, December 5, 2008

Craigslist Trolling

I have been trolling Craigslist again, this time for a gently used sewing machine. And, let me tell you, I can't buy one to save my life. On four different occasions, I have contacted the seller only to have just missed my chance. One instance, I called the seller maybe 2 hours after she posted it and someone was there looking at it that very moment. You'd think people were selling Gisele Bundchen's metabolisms or something the way they are getting snatched up. The only machines that stick around longer than a few hours are the fugly old ones that look like they're from the 70's Harvest Gold era. Oh, and the antique Singers. Seriously. Everyone and their grandmother has an antique Singer sewing machine. They appear to be worthless. And there is no way I'm foot-pedaling my sewing when I can use electricity. I'm all for being green, but I'd rather hand-sew at that rate. I just envision losing a finger if I tried to sew with one of those old ones.

I'm also trying to give away my slightly dysfunctional dishwasher. Seems like I can't give that away easily, either. My first attempt is via Freecycle. So far, one person has called me and asked a bunch of questions. I'm thinking to myself "Dude, it's free. Just take the damn thing," but, then again, she probably doesn't want to get stuck with it if it doesn't work out for her. Can't blame her. But you can't be picky when it's free. Gratis. Zero ... Point ... Zero... And I disclosed that it leaks a bit and may or may not be repairable on the post. I swear, an appliance repairman could probably make a killing by taking used appliances off people's hands and fixing them up. I mean, apparently, my old dishwasher originally cost like $500 back in '03. When did dishwashers become so flippin' expensive? It's not like it was all that great.

Back on the sewing machines topic, you know what is also a bit unsettling? That I can get a brand new Brother sewing machine at Wal-Mart for $59.99. With lots of stitch functions. That is crazy cheap -- to the point where I almost don't care if I can't get one from Craigslist because it's only $10 more than the price of a used one. It just seems wrong, though, that it's that cheap. Like, what third-world children are making this piece of machinery in order for it to retail at that price? Or that it might crap out upon first use or be so cheap I manage to break it due to my sewing machine ineptitude. It just feels wrong to buy it. I dunno. Eh.

3 comments:

  1. I wish I could sew. I knew how to make a pillow case at one point in my life and now I don't remember how to thread the thing.

    What are you going to make?

    Go for the new one, if you don't like it (presumably) you could get your money back.

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  2. Don't buy the Walmart one! Hold out for one on craigslist! That is where my mom found one for me and it is great - I think Janome is a good brand of one to get. good luck!

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  3. I have a Janome too. From Sears.

    One day I think you will meet Craig. You are always trolling that site.

    What are you going to make?

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