Buying USED embroidery machines: PROS and CONS | Apparel Academy Podcast (Ep.15)

Buying USED embroidery machines: PROS and CONS | Apparel Academy Podcast (Ep.15)


hey guys welcome back to another episode
the apparel Academy in this episode we’re gonna answer some questions about
the pros and cons of buying a used and boring machine and how do you kind of
navigate the buying process to avoid some common pitfalls if that’s the route
that you want to go with so I’ve been getting a lot of questions from people
lately regarding buying a used embroidery machine to start out with
right maybe they are on a limited budget or maybe they’ve seen kind of some
Facebook post or on the Facebook marketplace or on eBay people selling
used equipment and they want to know if that’s worth their time so I quickly
want to go into some pros and cons of buying used equipment and kind of get
your wheels turning and thinking about how you should approach this the
situation depending on your particular circumstance so the best part about
buying a used embroider machine is obviously that it is lower cost right
it’s it’s lower barrier to entry you don’t have to have as much upfront
capital and you can get started depending on kind of the age of the
machine or what the condition of the machine for very very little and another
thing is when the seller is selling you a used piece of equipment it is more
likely than not that they have all the attachments and all the accessories that
came along with the package and sometimes and a lot of times I do see
this on some market places where they will throw in extra things like combs of
thread and supplies right because they’ve been in business for a while or
you know maybe they’re getting out of it but they have all that material still on
hand so they can kind of bundle it all together
with the sale so you’re getting a lot more value than just the machine itself
based on kind of the conditions and what the seller is throwing in along with the
entire package and when you buy directly from the seller the seller sometimes
will even be willing to help get you trained right they can show you how the
machine works and kind of teach you the basics so that you are well on your way
once you kind of get the Machine set up and inside your place of business and
another thing I found is that when people buy used equipment they tend to
buy local so that they can actually go in and see the machine in action because
you can’t just kind of believe or trust what you see
on the description or the pictures people actually want to see the machine
in action to make sure that it is working but approach that is actually
you can get the machine very very quickly since it is local you can
actually just go ahead and pick it up save yourself on some shipping and don’t
have to have the seller ship it to you many times that the seller won’t even
you know offer the shipping to buyers because they will only sell it to
someone who’s local now that we kind of covered the pros let’s go through some
of the cons and things to look out for when you buy a used piece of equipment
obviously the number one con and number one downside to buying a used equipment
is that you don’t know the conditions right you don’t really know the insides
or the history of the machine you kind of have to trust that the seller is
being truthful and that whatever you’re seeing even in person is actually how
the machine will work but without kind of knowing the details of the history
you kind of only see it on a surface level right because you can only be
there for maybe ten to twenty minutes maybe half an hour to see the machine
but then knowing it for such a short period of time you don’t know what
potential problems you might run into down the road once you have the machine
back in your shop and especially for those who are new to the industry where
you don’t have any knowledge or background on embroidery buying a used
piece of equipment is really risky because even seeing the demo in person
because you know nothing about embroidery you don’t really know kind of
the moving pieces or kind of what’s going on and you can’t spot the
potential red flags that could occur with a thread break or things not
working right you just don’t have the general
knowledge or background to determine whether red flags are present during the
time of purchase now on the flip side if you are knowledgeable about embroidery
and have been doing this for a while buying a used piece of equipment can
actually be quite a steal because people are studying things for lower than
market price maybe they’re trying to get rid of it maybe they’re getting out of
the business and you being a seasoned pro or even a mechanic right knowing the
in and outs of how the machine works you can maybe even do some simple
maintenance or tune ups to the Machine and make it very very new and very
usable right so you kind of can spot what’s good and what’s very valuable and
kind of get a steal on the price if you’re able to find a machine
in good condition and kind of just do some simple tune ups and get it working
in your favor when you have a full running machine but
knowing what’s the spot on that takes experience and that takes time but if
upfront cost is something that you are concerned about or you’re on a limited
budget do you know that companies like us have the 0% financing in place for
you to get started for very very low monthly payments that is there for one
particular reason and one particular reason only to get people started
without having to worry about large upfront costs so you break down a huge
chunk of investment into manageable chunks of monthly payments where you can
fulfill that monthly payment with just one simple order now do keep in mind
that if you do decide to go with a used piece of equipment to start your
business you won’t get the same level of warranty and training as you would from
a manufacturer if you buy the machine directly from them new right because
with that whole ecosystem the the learning curve is gonna be they’re just
trying to start out in this business but that’s what the support and the and the
knowledge and the guidance is there for so having that support having that
warranty that speaks volumes and it’s probably very valuable to a lot of
people that’s why people decide to go new but if you kind of want to save some
money and you have that knowledge you have that background already you can
kind of find a good steal a good deal for a used piece of equipment and kind
of tune it up like I mentioned before and get it working but just know that
the warranty is not gonna be the same and the level of training and support is
not gonna be the same right for most for most companies the brand of the
machinery you choose it’s also very critical when it comes to the level of
support and training because what I’ve seen from most other companies is they
will charge you a support fee a monthly support fee to even talk to them if you
didn’t buy the machine from them brand new if you bought it used on the
secondary market they will charge you for training and support while here a
trachoma something that we don’t do right is we
actually give you the support for the lifetime of your machine of being an
owner of our brand absolutely free so whether you buy a new from us or you buy
this secondary on the market used we will still give you the level of support
and answer your questions without charging you an extra fee also do keep
in mind that even when buying a used piece of equipment the brand
does matter because you want to make sure that you can still get parts for it
right because some of these machines might be very very old maybe 10 to 15
years and you want to make sure that the brand that you decide to go with for
that used piece of equipment still is able to provide you with the necessary
parts if needed the last thing that you want to do is
invest in a used piece of equipment and something does break right something
that you didn’t spot a red flag and something does break and you cannot get
the support and the parts for it because that part has been discontinued or that
manufacturers are no longer in business so to kind of sum everything up if you
are brand-new to the business I would definitely not recommend going with a
used piece of equipment simply because you don’t have the experience or the
knowledge to kind of navigate those circumstances to make sure you are
spotting all the correct red flags and just getting that training and support
and the ecosystem of knowledge and help is super super valuable especially for
someone starting out brand new now you might be thinking what if I have years
of experience in this industry and I can fix up the machine no problem
great I mean if that is what you want to do and you have a limited budget do you
consider going with a used piece of equipment because that will put you in
an advantage over people that don’t have that experience
however just know in the back of your mind as a business owner as someone who
is trying to make a profit in this industry know that your time is limited
and you have to weigh your time between spending times you fix up a machine if
something goes wrong down that’s down the road and having to get parts for it
or investing your time and growing your business so that is the kind of pros and
cons you have to weigh when you consider going with a used piece of equipment it
is business if you do like in sites like these make sure to join our free
Facebook group embroidery and custom apparel mastery where thousands of
embroiderers and other apparel decorators ask similar questions to this
one and other information that you can really get to kickstart your business if
you guys have any questions about this topic ask them below in the comments or
go to the Facebook group and ask me there I look forward to see you guys on
the next episode

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