Posted Sat Dec 21, 2013, 11:33am Subject: Price Help - Used Baratza Vario
Found someone who has a used Baratza Vario for sale. He is asking $400. Looks like I can find refurbed units direct from Baratza when available for $360. Any thoughts on his price and what I should try to buy it for? Or should I just stick to a new/refurb unit? Below is his answer to my condition questions. Would the burrs need replaced based on that usage?
"Thanks for the e-mail. Iíve had the grinder for approximately three years and have put, on average, about two 12 oz bags of single-origin coffee through it each month and I clean the burrs with a set of dedicated coffee brushes after each bag of coffee."
I've bought a few refurbished units including a Vario-W directly from Baratza and have been very satisfied with the condition and performance of the units and when I had an issue their customer service was above and beyond what I expected I would receive.
Unless you can get a used unit from a private for 1/2 to 2/3 or less below the refurb price from the manufacture you are not getting any price/value offset from the loss of the 1 year manufacturer's warranty.
CMIN Senior Member Joined: 14 Jun 2012 Posts: 1,219 Location: South FL Expertise: I like coffee
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Posted Mon Dec 23, 2013, 9:55am Subject: Re: Price Help - Used Baratza Vario
$400, and that old and use, may as well buy a new one. You can get refurbed Varios for cheaper and warrantied. Some online resellers on eBay also let them go for a nice discount with "best offer" option.
jpag Senior Member Joined: 9 Mar 2013 Posts: 11 Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Mon Dec 23, 2013, 10:10pm Subject: Re: Price Help - Used Baratza Vario
It sucks that the price is so high because I'd rather see someone pass a unit to someone else rather than more units produced, but when the prices are the same, but one comes with a warranty and from the factory, how can you argue...
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