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Rodney

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I think pretty much all of us here are aware of Shopgoodwill.com as a source for vintage machines. 
This is just a reminder to people to check the shipping fees before they bid.  Not all stores are created equal.
Here's one example that I think is particularly bad:
http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Singer-Model-99-Vintage-Sewing-Machine-27738815.html
Actual weight is 32.2 lbs.  Seems about right for a 99 in it's case.
Shipping weight is 59 lbs.
On top of that there's a $10.00 handling fee.
 
Ok, I get that properly shipping a sewing machine requires extra care and materials. That's what the handling fee is for. I don't get nearly doubling the weight of the machine AND a $10 handling fee on top of it.
The point is: Make sure you're not getting gouged on shipping before you bid.
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Good point, Rodney! Last year I paid $70 to have a $10 SM shipped to me!
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I just do local pick up

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I try to do local pick up too when I can. After having a similar shipping rip off I always check the shipping cost before I bid. I once ended up paying $17 shipping/handling for a small $4 item.

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I do local pick up whenever possible. The last two that were shipped to me were packed with nothing but peanuts and needless to say they arrived in worse condition than they shipped and that was after I called them and asked them to pack appropriately and that I'd be happy to pay for the extra service. Cases were completely smashed and even the hinges broken on one. I only search for a few areas now, local to me or local to good friends or family who can pick up and store or ship the way I want it done.
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Tom I've only had that happen with one Goodwill. I was extremely upset because it was a like new machine. It was 5 years ago and I still can't make myself strip it for parts. My money was immediately refunded after an email with pics included that began with"WTF? Packing peanuts for a 30lb. sewing machine? Really?" After I calmed down I apologized to them but I still feel like that. I wish the Tacoma, WA Goodwill still shipped, they packed a machine to survive a direct hit with a launched rocket.

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I have had really good luck with goodwill, MI,IA,MN,MO and TX. I'm always careful to check the shipping cost before I check on the machine. I did get one today which was packed in peanuts  but some how it made it with only a couple chips in plastic.
Brooklyn center Mn shipped one to me in one day. of course I live in MN. I ordered late in the day and it was here by noon the next day. Unbelievable at $14. shipping.

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I've had good luck with shop goodwill and really really bad luck. It's a crap shoot with each individual store. Can we make a list here (not this thread, but on the site)? I know they didn't want that to happen on QB. 
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So far I've only bought from the Tacoma location as "Pick up only".  Maybe I shouldn't have even complained about the shipping charges of some locations but still it is a factor that I thought was worth bringing up.

There are three distribution centers that are within driving distance for me.  Tacoma, Hillsboro and Seattle.  Seattle doesn't list much on Shopgoodwill, only rarely.  Tacoma is the closest and has the lowest starting bid at $19.99.  Hillsboro generally starts at $25.00.  Some machines I would be willing to chance shipping but in general I prefer to get them myself.  That way I know they'll get home in the same condition as when I bought them.

On the plus side with the drop in fuel prices shipping is also down from what it was even a few months ago.
It makes a few more machines reachable that wouldn't have been before.
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Rodney Hillsboro packs well, I've bought a few machines from them and the shipping was reasonable. Seattle Goodwill lists most of their stuff on Ebay, I've bought from them too.

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R & C, I can hardly ever justify buying from your area on shop goodwill because they really nail me with shipping and handling. $30 for a 10 box of attachments.
You are right about the shipping charges Rodney they can really add up fast if you don't pay attention.

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My worst experiences are with Columbus OH...but Central TN is a close second. Hillsboro has been good as has Michigan. I will never buy from Columbus again, they replied to my mails with a 'what do you expect, professional packing?"
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My worst experiences are with Columbus OH...but Central TN is a close second. Hillsboro has been good as has Michigan. I will never buy from Columbus again, they replied to my mails with a 'what do you expect, professional packing?"


Seriously? I would have went up the ladder with that one until someone was groveling. I hope you got your money back.
It was the Eugene, OR that my bad one came from. I kind of felt bad after my less than nice email to them, they refunded my money and apologized profusely. So I apologized to them. But I bet they never used packing peanuts again for a sewing machine!

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Central TN was my bad experience. 

 

Columbus doesn't have representation on shopgoodwill, at least that I have seen in the last couple of years. I always pick up from Dayton but the last one I got was already boxed (they have a new location too) and the box probably wouldn't have shipped well. It was a good, new, solid box and it was mostly secure but it wouldn't have withstood any kind of impact. I would say, proceed with caution at this time.


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My bad... It's Goodwill of Northwest Ohio in Toledo that I had the problem with. Don't know why Columbus stuck in my head, but I went a looked at the auctions.
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