What you need to know Before buying a pre-owned Bread Machine.
There are probably thousands of bread machines,over a few years old, that have never been out of the box. They sit in someones basement or closet, the result of a gift not wanted or understood.
Others have been used, but because the owner didn't like the first results (and decided not to try again) they too are sitting in the garage or attic. UnUsed, UnNoticed, and UnLoved.
Eventually they end up at yard sales, thrift stores or online auctions at pennies on the dollar of their original cost.
Then there's you. You want a bread machine. You think it would be amazing to make your own Bread and Dough and Jam (Yes, most even make Jam) You can spend a lot of money on a new machine, or you can spend a fraction of that on a machine that has never been used or used only a couple of times. Online auctions have the most to offer in both New and Used or Pre-Owned Machines.
If you are thinking about a not so new machine, there are some things you need to know.
The first bread maker I bought at a yard sale was beautiful. It looked like something out of Star Wars with a great high glass dome and digital display. It was a Welbilt ABM 100
The owner still had the box and all of the instructions. So for about twenty dollars I took it home. It was then I realized that a bread maker needs a paddle and this one was missing.
So before you buy check to make sure all of the parts are present. That means a pan (usually removable), a paddle (also usually removable) and some machines will have a gasket around the bottom outside of the pan.
Check the outside of the machine. A tiny ding or scratch might be okay, but if there are dents, it may have taken a fall.
The next thing to look for is paddle action. Plug it in at the yard sale or thrift store and if buying online, make this one of the questions you ask the seller. If the paddle rotates that's a good sign. A few bread machines like certain Panasonics warm the ingredients first ( takes about an hour) and then mix them. If this is the case just make sure the display light is on.
How does the pan look. A few very minor scratches aren't bad, but if it looks like it's been gouged with a knife or rubbed with a Brillo pad....you might want to pass. For an online auction don't just rely on photos. Ask the seller the extent of any blemishes or scratches on the machine pan and paddle.
Next you want to check for leaks. Remove the pan, fill it with water and check the bottom for drips. Pretty simple. Of course this is another question you want to ask the seller on an online auction.
Are the Instructions included? This would be nice, but most instructions to most machines can be found at the manufacturers website, online auctions, or other helpful bread machine websites.
I never could find the house again where I bought that first bread machine. Always thought the paddle must have been there. I just didn't take it. I did find a replacement even though Welbilts haven't been manufactured in some time. It has been a great machine and I have since bought about 25 more Bread Makers of various brands. ( Yes I am a hoarder) Every Christmas season my sisters and I get together and bake all different types of bread for the shelters. We have about 15 machines mixing and baking. You can imagine the aroma in the house that day.