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« on: July 21, 2008 07:18:13 PM »

i've been trying all weekend to get a serger, then today i thought i totally got it n someone swooped in and took it from me. this bidding is frustrating
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2008 08:27:54 PM »

Hi!
I'm from Canada and I was dying to get myself a serger this weekend too! And I did! But I had to drive an hour and a half to the States to get a good deal. I ended up getting a Babylock Evolve serger. It was pricey though!! I got a good discount thankfully because I offered to pay in US Cash. Smiley Give it a try if the eBay thing doesn't work out for you Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2008 04:32:20 AM »

Just take a deep breath and keep looking for the one  you want.  Set it up to automatically email you when one of the ones you want comes up...
It took me 3 years to win a Bond knitting machine with serger - and when it arrived it was broken... Yeah.  now THAT is depressing to say the least!!  Anyhoo.... that has been taken care of.  I actually found someone with a spare section that she can sell me - woo hooo - and the seller refunded me the amount so that I can replace it - I gave him no choice pretty much - either that or I would file a paypal claim for misrepresentation.  He knew it was broken.  Anyone could see that there was a section that did not look like the other if you know what I mean. It was the sore thumb sticking out..

But in the end. I got it...
Hopefully it won't take you 3 years to get the one you want!
Jump back in there and get back on that horse!!
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2008 04:50:40 PM »

OP, are you familiar with the term "sniping" as it relates to ebay? That sounds like what happened to you, and you just need to become the snipER. There are actually programs that you can purchase, I believe, that do it for you, but basically it goes like this: Figure out when the item you want is ending. Do NOT put a bid on it. Open two windows on your computer - the first one with the auction pulled up. On the second one, pull up ebay, sign in, go to the auction that you want to get, place the bid, and do NOT press confirm. Then, continue to refresh the first page (the auction that shows how much time is left) until the very last minute. Figure out by the time that goes by between refreshing how long it takes your connection to reload. Then, at the last minute (literally, like when there is less than a minute left), hit "confirm bid" on that other page. Hopefully, no one swoops in a few seconds after you, and you are good to go!

The other, less stressfull, way to go, is to continue to watch craigslist like a hawk.

Either way, what I have found is that as soon as you get one, you will see a million others for sale just like it, but cheaper!  Huh Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2008 05:51:26 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions. Thats what was so frustrating, i was using esnipe, i guess i wasn't bidding high enough for the babylock, but i got an older singer yesterday. So i'm waiting the arrival, trying to be patient, as i know learning to thread a serger takes patience. yay something new to fiddle with
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2008 02:45:03 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions. Thats what was so frustrating, i was using esnipe, i guess i wasn't bidding high enough for the babylock, but i got an older singer yesterday. So i'm waiting the arrival, trying to be patient, as i know learning to thread a serger takes patience. yay something new to fiddle with

Exactly!  I'd add to make sure that you place your highest bid when sniping.  Nothing worse than losing out at the last second because you didn't bid your max.
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