Ready to pull your breadmaker out of the closet where it's been gathering dust and pawn it off on someone else at your next garage sale? Don't just yank it out and toss it onto your lawn -- you should take some care when getting ready to sell a breadmaker. Here are some tips:
Clean it. Take a damp cloth to the outside, and get all the dust out of those nooks and crannies along the top and sides of the machine. Scrub off any stains from past baking ventures, and wipe out crumbs from the inside. Polish any places dulled by disuse so that the whole thing is factory shiny.
Give the inside an extra wash. Take out the inner container, where the bread is actually made, and clean it, even if you always cleaned it off before putting it away. This is especially important if there is any buttery grease residue left on the inside, since your customers may absently run their hand along the inside just to "check out" the breadmaker.
Find the manual and accessories. Every breadmaker is unique, in the sense that the settings mean something slightly different on one model than on another, and it's a pain to navigate these differences without the aid of a manual. Even if you can't find the original manual, try to see if you can find a link to it online, so you can at least point the buyer in the right direction. Also, be sure all the accessories are included. Check your kitchen drawers to be sure there isn't an extra mixing utensil you're leaving out.
Price it fairly. Used breadmakers start for as little as $2.99 online, so a fair asking price is probably in the $5-10, depending on the age and quality of your machine. Decide if you're willing to bargain on it -- if someone offers you a few bucks, it's a better deal than having to drop it off at a local donation center.
Make a loaf to give away samples. This is an optional step, but if you're willing to do the cleaning work the night before, it could be a fun way to get people interested in buying the breadmaker, since they can taste the kind of product it produces. Cut the loaf into little slices and keep them covered so the hot air doesn't dry them out.
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