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Lesley Silvester

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Second hand spinning wheel
« on: April 30, 2016, 01:23:36 am »
While at Wonderwool, I tried out a Kromski Minstrel and enjoyed using it. I want to get a second wheel and this one fits the bill. The price is 345 with no extra charge for postage. Now someone is offering one on Ravelry for 400 euros (from the Netherlands) including postage and with three extra bobbins and a diy made lazy Kate. That converts to 313. It's described as nearly new with no defects and it certainly looks it from the photo.


I'm dithering because it's not much less than the brand new price. True it has extra bobbins but I already have a Kromski Sonata and the bobbins fit both wheels. To buy they would cost 33 for the three. Again the lazy Kate would be useful but not necessary because it has a built in one.


What do people think? Is a second hand wheel with no guarantee, worth only 32 less than a brand new one?  At the moment, I seem to be the only one who is showing an interest but I don't suppose that will last. 23 people have viewed the post so far.


I know that a item is worth what someone is willing to pay for it but I'd value some opinions.

Lesley Silvester

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Second hand spinning wheel
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2016, 01:27:07 am »
Just looked on her Etsy page as she sells her Angora rabbit fur which apparently ships from Sweden. Strange.

Louise Gaunt

  • Joined May 2011
Re: Second hand spinning wheel
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2016, 08:00:26 am »
I would go for a new one, as there is little difference in price, and there seems to be something a little strange about the wheel coming from the Netherlands and her yarn shipping from Sweden. With a new wheel sourced from this country you have the reassurance of consumer rights etc if there should be a problem. Go for a new wheel! :spin: :excited:

waterbuffalofarmer

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Mid Wales
  • Owner of 61 Mediterranean water buffaloes
Re: Second hand spinning wheel
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2016, 08:47:29 am »
sounds a bit fishy to me, I would definately buy a new one. Have you looked on Ebay they may also have some really good second hand ones or new ones
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Second hand spinning wheel
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2016, 11:36:39 am »
A secondhand wheel should be around 80% the cost of a new one.  Some wheels fetch more - there's a waiting list for a new one; the original maker's models fetch a premium, for instance.  But there's no such issue with the Minstrel.  They do come up on Ravelry now and again.

Winghams have the Minstrel at 340, carriage free, and with a 15 voucher to spend on fibre.  Walnut or mahogany finish adds 30 new.  So the most I'd pay for a Minstrel with 3 extra bobbins (that 6 in total is it?) is 287, or 310 with the fancy finish.

If saving money is a factor, and you don't need the extra bobbins or a fancy finish, then you're looking at 325 new (assuming the 15 fibre voucher has that value to you) vs 313 secondhand.  No contest, in my view.

If you'd use the bobbins (and I'm assuming they're Kromski bobbins not one of the cheaper makes) and like the finish on the secondhand one (and I'm assuming it has one of the fancy finishes) and it's all in excellent condition, and the shipper takes the risk on shipping (which they should), well then it's being offered at a reasonable price.

If you can afford new, I'd always go for new over buying from an unknown seller and shipping from same.  Buying from someone you know locally, and can collect or they can deliver, then it's worth saving the money. 
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YorkshireLass

  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Just when I thought I'd settled down...!
Re: Second hand spinning wheel
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2016, 11:39:49 am »
As well as what everyone's said, I'd be concerned about physically shipping it and getting it in one piece. Or, you know, the expected number of pieces  ;D

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Second hand spinning wheel
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2016, 12:10:45 pm »
I'm not a risk taker so I'd definitely go for the new one - the other sounds dodgy, there's little saving, you have no guarantee and shipping a made-up wheel from overseas is risky.  Besides I don't like second hand stuff  :spin:.  Go for a lovely new one which is all yours  :love:
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Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Second hand spinning wheel
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2016, 12:12:06 pm »
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Lesley Silvester

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Second hand spinning wheel
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2016, 06:02:55 pm »
Thanks, everyone. That's what I thought but I wondered if I was being overcautious. Sally, it's the plain finish so only a saving of 12 on the Wingham's price and yes, I would use the 15 voucher since it's for fluff and we always need more of that.


Looks like I'm going to have my first ever brand new wheel then.  :excited: :excited:

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
Re: Second hand spinning wheel
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2016, 06:15:19 pm »
Thanks, everyone. That's what I thought but I wondered if I was being overcautious. Sally, it's the plain finish so only a saving of 12 on the Wingham's price and yes, I would use the 15 voucher since it's for fluff and we always need more of that.


Looks like I'm going to have my first ever brand new wheel then.  :excited: :excited:


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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Second hand spinning wheel
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2016, 07:34:15 pm »

Looks like I'm going to have my first ever brand new wheel then.  :excited: :excited:

Excellent!    :excited:  :excited:  :spin: :spin:
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Lesley Silvester

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Second hand spinning wheel
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2016, 12:04:21 am »
It was ordered within five minutes of my last post.  :excited: :excited: :excited:


I've just remembered that someone from my spinning group offered to let me try out her new Bliss before I made up my mind. Bit late now.





Lesley Silvester

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Second hand spinning wheel
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2016, 12:33:22 am »
Interestingly, the seller has now taken her two posts off Ravelry.

 

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