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crobley
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Posted Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:08pm
Subject: How much would you spend for a used Mazzer Mini?
 

So Im in the market for a Mazzer Mini. Found one recently that is used and am thinking about buying it.
So if the seller is claiming its "barely used" (not sure how old it is but it looks very new) what would you think would be a fair price? I always have such a difficult time coming to a decision of when is that cutoff point where it would make more sense to just buy new one on Prima Coffee for $565..
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Posted Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:47pm
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it would depend a lot on which model it is...in particular, whether it's an "E" or "non-E" model.  For a "non-E" model, I wouldn't spend over $300 for a used one.

just my $0.02

 
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Posted Wed Jun 18, 2014, 12:51pm
Subject: Re: How much would you spend for a used Mazzer Mini?
 

Used Minis (manual version) are usually worth about $350, maybe $400.  Given the availability of other options, I personally wouldn't spend more that $200, maybe $250...but I've never had a problem find good deals on used stuff (I generally have the opposite problem, which has filled my home full of coffee gear over the years)
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Posted Wed Jun 18, 2014, 1:35pm
Subject: Re: How much would you spend for a used Mazzer Mini?
 

Woah that cheap huh? Sheesh I have been having an impossibly hard time finding a used Mazzer.
Only one I have found recently has been on Ebay and its already at $200+ Mmmmmmmmm maybe I should just save up a bit longer and buy new.
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Posted Wed Jun 18, 2014, 6:16pm
Subject: Re: How much would you spend for a used Mazzer Mini?
 

If you're buying new, there are several much better choices than a Mini for the same price or somewhat less.  The whole Mini class which so dominated prosumer home espresso in the past has become somewhat obsolete by virtue of some machines which have come on the market in the last few years.  

No grinder is perfect.  There are always trade-offs, the $370 to $700 range is especially rife with them, and the Mini no longer represents the best of any world.  

In terms of sheer bang for the buck, start by looking at the Baratza Vario as a considerable overachiever, better in every respect other than build quality than the Mini, and for $370 as a refurb directly from Baratza; and at the Quamar M80e which is fairly equivalent to a Super Jolly E, several steps better in the cup than the Mini, has a "walk up" electronic interface, is "doserless," built like a rock, and $700.

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Posted Wed Jun 18, 2014, 7:01pm
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boar_d_laze Said:

If you're buying new, there are several much better choices than a Mini for the same price or somewhat less.  The whole Mini class which so dominated prosumer home espresso in the past has become somewhat obsolete by virtue of some machines which have come on the market in the last few years.  

No grinder is perfect.  There are always trade-offs, the $370 to $700 range is especially rife with them, and the Mini no longer represents the best of any world.  

In terms of sheer bang for the buck, start by looking at the Baratza Vario as a considerable overachiever, better in every respect other than build quality than the Mini, and for $370 as a refurb directly from Baratza; and at the Quamar M80e which is fairly equivalent to a Super Jolly E, several steps better in the cup than the Mini, has a "walk up" electronic interface, is "doserless," built like a rock, and $700.

Rich

Posted June 18, 2014 link

Woah seriously? Maybe I should be asking an entire different question after all.
Im pretty new to the market and figured the Mazzer was still the best. My budget is around $500 so I'll absolutely start looking at some other options too.
Thanks for the advice!
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Posted Wed Jun 18, 2014, 9:21pm
Subject: Re: How much would you spend for a used Mazzer Mini?
 

Rich is correct.  The mini has fallen behind just like to Rancilkio Rocky has.  

If the budget is $500 then go with the refurbished Vario or buy something nice but used here or on HB.
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Posted Wed Jun 18, 2014, 9:54pm
Subject: Re: How much would you spend for a used Mazzer Mini?
 

Mini is like the black sheep in that class and espresso grinders in general, yet so many retailers talk people into them, like my buddy. Who then got a Vario too and got rid of the Mini after being told what an awesome grinder it is. No comparison, Vario curb stomps the Mini in every way and we had them next to each other with same beans. Taste in cup, grind quality, fluffiness, retention... Mini loses easily, if you still want that metal build quality at least go for the K3 which still isn't as good as the Vario but still better and easier to use then the Mini.

I think people see Mazzer and automatically think it's top notch. Be like if Porsche had an entry level 20k car, that sucked, but hey its a Porsche lol
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Posted Thu Jun 19, 2014, 2:24am
Subject: Re: How much would you spend for a used Mazzer Mini?
 

Oh man you guys have all opened my eyes sooooo much.
So just to make sure this is what is the holy grail of grinders yes?
Click Here (www.baratza.com)
(Do you guys thing its worth it to buy it new for $90 more? I have zero problem purchasing refurbished but just wasnt sure with a grinder)

I looked at the Quamar M80e which is seriously gorgeous but definitely over my pricerange.
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Posted Thu Jun 19, 2014, 5:34am
Subject: Re: How much would you spend for a used Mazzer Mini?
 

crobley Said:

Oh man you guys have all opened my eyes sooooo much.
So just to make sure this is what is the holy grail of grinders yes?
Click Here (www.baratza.com)
(Do you guys thing its worth it to buy it new for $90 more? I have zero problem purchasing refurbished but just wasnt sure with a grinder)

I looked at the Quamar M80e which is seriously gorgeous but definitely over my pricerange.

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It's not the holy grail of grinders, just incredible bang for the buck. It'll go toe for toe the with the next class up of the Super Jolley, K6 etc. For a home user it's easy to use, small, and little/no retention so if you want to single dose you can quite easily. There are still plenty of grinders quite better then it but they also will cost you a lot more $$$

I'd snag that refurb before someone else does, they go fast lol
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