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Post# 998322   6/25/2018 at 02:28 by Keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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I recently noticed how old parts have increased massively in price, this multi port pump for the hoovermatic is listed on ebay for £195.00 !!
It is not even original its a pattern part.
Be interesting to see if it sells 🙄

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Post# 998349 , Reply# 1   6/25/2018 at 08:51 by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
HOW MUCH ?????

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Good grief I must get my hoovermatic up and running and put it on eBay if the pumps worth that much then the complete machine must be worth £500 ??? I wish lol

Well I for one will not be parting with nearly 200 quid for a pump thats not genuine.


Post# 998444 , Reply# 2   6/26/2018 at 13:49 by D-jones (Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Area))        

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Since higher maintenance costs are a significant reason that people give up on an old machine and replace it with a new one, increasing prices on aging parts makes perfect sense if ones primary business focus is on the sale of new appliances. But if you're primarily in the business of selling parts then price increases quickly become counter productive. The last thing a part seller should be doing is encouraging his customers to buy a new machine instead of a new part for their old one by dramatically jacking up prices. And when one considers that the pool of potential customers for any given older part gets smaller with each passing year as additional worn out or unwanted machines are permanently removed from service, the selling of older parts becomes correspondingly more difficult. And yet there are those that will insist on doing just that, until ten or fifteen years down the road (having missed their opportunity to sell it) they'll be throwing that unsold and largely obsolete inventory in the trash.

Post# 998461 , Reply# 3   6/26/2018 at 16:28 by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
I must do a stock take

of my parts lol, maybe I'll retire on the proceeds.

The other scenario I had some years ago in a repair shop where I was asking about spares and old machines, I spotted a hoovermatic pump on the shelf and asked how much, he said £10, so said I'd have it, to which he replied, we can't sell it to you, it's our last one and someone might need it.

Well they've long gone, do you think they ever sold it.


Post# 998473 , Reply# 4   6/26/2018 at 18:53 by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        
Asking Ain't Getting

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Persons can list things on eBay, CL or whatever for any price they wish; what someone is willing to pay is another matter.

However it must be said persons are realizing more and more what they've got and pricing to what they believe market will accept.

It all comes down to what it always has; demand.

There isn't a plentiful stock of NOS Hoovermatic/twin tubs parts lying about spare. Thus is someone *really* wants and or needs that pump they will either have to show their money, or see if seller is willing to haggle it down.

Will just say (again) this group and similar websites are trolled and cached on Google. There are also numerous videos on Youtube. Thus anyone doing research on vintage appliances can easily determine if there is a market for what they've got.

Years ago people were basically giving away all sorts of old appliances and or spares, believing there wasn't a market for their old tat. Now that the internet has become basically common as a telephone, things have changed.

Finally you cannot discount the efforts of busybodies that feel need to contact this or that seller of old appliances or parts to whisper into their ears...

Post# 998474 , Reply# 5   6/26/2018 at 18:54 by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        
If that pump sells for what is asking

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Then one is sitting upon a gold mine. *LOL*

Still have much of my NOS stash of Hoover TT parts somewhere. Paid less for that lot which included two pumps than what seller wants for just the one.

Post# 998490 , Reply# 6   6/26/2018 at 21:37 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        
Old parts

As someone who occasionally restores an appliance, sometimes Iím just glad it exists, never mind the cost.

I had a customer who had a chambers wall oven. The clock motor was bad. I found one on eBay for $15. I told her $75 and Iíd clean her clock and put the new motor in. She said no.

I sold the clock motor for $179 on eBay a week later.

The reason itís not valuable to you is because at the moment you donít need it.

Post# 998607 , Reply# 7   6/27/2018 at 18:14 by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        

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When you do your stock take be careful of that L.S.A you might suffer from :)


Post# 998637 , Reply# 8   6/28/2018 at 01:00 by Keymatic (Surrey.U.K)        

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Hi Austin,
L.S.A ????

Post# 998659 , Reply# 9   6/28/2018 at 05:53 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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Obviously that seller wants to get rich quick. Who are they kidding?

Post# 998676 , Reply# 10   6/28/2018 at 08:14 by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        
Oh I Dunno

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That and or needs/wants to recover cost of having those pumps made up. This assumes seller didn't stumble upon them somewhere and simply thought there was a market for such things.

Will admit there is some demand for Hoover twin tub parts, but don't know how strong it is worldwide. Certainly don't know how attached many are to their machines to pay nearly $300 (in USD) for pattern spare pump.

Post# 998810 , Reply# 11   6/29/2018 at 13:31 by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
Ah well remembered Austin

Hi Keith

It's my "Low Stock Anxiety", it's partly me having a pop at myself and partly the thought, I'm sure many of us have, that we may not have a particular spare part when we need one, it's especially acute when we realise we'd had the chance to buy several at a good price some years back and didn't. Therefore I like to keep a good stock of spares, but not just enough for myself but for any one in the future who may ask, as the thought of not being able to help, well that's why I can't part with anything, hording issues? there's a case building. lol

So I'm often joking I'm down to my last dozen of this or that.


Post# 998818 , Reply# 12   6/29/2018 at 15:07 by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
Mathew I still chuckle when I recall

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You bringing up your LSA when at Al's in fact it still makes me smile lol

Hope you are well ? I need a favour I know its the only time I get in touch :)

I have a 80's Hoovermatic of which the everything is now working fine apart from the bloody heater and I am not convinced its the selector that has burnt out more inclined to think someone has rewired it incorrectly and I was sort of hoping you may be able to get a wiring diagram with the colours on or a photograph of the wiring please I am loath to getting rid of it just because I cannot get a live feed to the heater every where and everything checks out just no live feed the wires are knotted like someone took the thermostat apart and maybe not got the wires in the right place...... Please help I know you can :)


Post# 998829 , Reply# 13   6/29/2018 at 18:43 by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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LSA ... hadn't before run across that reference but it explains a little of what's happening to me in the last couple months, LOL.

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