Prince 6000 used. Should I buy?

Is this used machine worth it?

  • Yes

    Votes: 1 50.0%
  • No

    Votes: 1 50.0%

  • Total voters
    2
  • Poll closed .

GN-001

Semi-Pro
Hi guys,

I found a prince 6000 used (3-4years) for $2400 including shipping. In the description it said it is in great condition and was a spare machine (Im assuming it was in a shop) and it says that because of this, it didnt get alot of use. The photos are not the best but it does seem to show some minor scratches as expected from general use. Overall looks like its in good condition. I would probably rate it a 7-8/10.

Do you think it is worth it? Should I really spend this much on a machine for personal use + maybe make a few buck by stringing for some friends or worth of mouth? Would this be a great investment and potentially be able to make my money back?

Also how reliable is the Prince 6000? Do you think I can get many more years out of this machine?

Sorry for the many questions, I'm a student so at $2400, I really have the weigh it.

I think I should also mention that I'm not a beginner in stringing. I use to work in a tennis shop stringing with a Wilson Baiardo and have been meaning to get my own machine for a long time.

Thanks for reading and thank you all in advance for your opinions on the matter.
 

GN-001

Semi-Pro
I should also mention that customs tax and shipping to my country is very expensive so please keep that in mind. Used machines from **** never ships to my country and it's very rare to see used stringing machines pop up here. Consider the above, would you think $2400 is reasonable for the Prince 6000? I know that a similar electronic machine will cost a lot more if shipped to my country
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
The price is good. The machine is robust. As an investment, you really need to consider whether you have a large enough market to probably do at least 15-20 frames/month. That gives you, at least for me, a reasonable payoff period of less than a year assuming $15-$25/frame. If there is a dealer or repair shop in your country, then I would go for it. If not, then I would not take this even though it is a good price. Your other thread obtaining a LO and eventually a WISE would actually be a better option since you know you can get service for both.
 

GN-001

Semi-Pro
The price is good. The machine is robust. As an investment, you really need to consider whether you have a large enough market to probably do at least 15-20 frames/month. That gives you, at least for me, a reasonable payoff period of less than a year assuming $15-$25/frame. If there is a dealer or repair shop in your country, then I would go for it. If not, then I would not take this even though it is a good price. Your other thread obtaining a LO and eventually a WISE would actually be a better option since you know you can get service for both.
Hi esgee48. Thanks again for your suggestion.

We have Prince here and I have sent them an email asking if they sell machines. I might also ask them if they can replace parts when I hear back from them. Not sure about a repair shop for stringing machine though.

the LO and WISE I realized was not worth it after recalculating estimated shipping and customs tax. Also I can't really get service for them since they are miles away. All they can do is answer my emails and that's it.
 

esgee48

G.O.A.T.
Oh. Thought you were getting the LO from an Alpha subsidiary in China. What you need is something like Tennis Machines here in the USA. They repair and service a lot of the electronic machines. Unfortunately, I do not think any such business exists in the Far East. They may exist in Japan, but shipping would probably hurt. Good luck.
 

Cobra Tennis

Professional
"Sorry for the many questions, I'm a student so at $2400, I really have the weigh it."


There's your answer right there. Just get a basic used machine for $3-500.


I'm reminded of the quote... "the best way to double your money is to fold it half and put it back in your pocket."-Will Rogers
 

Chotobaka

Hall of Fame
Hi esgee48. Thanks again for your suggestion.

We have Prince here and I have sent them an email asking if they sell machines. I might also ask them if they can replace parts when I hear back from them. Not sure about a repair shop for stringing machine though.

the LO and WISE I realized was not worth it after recalculating estimated shipping and customs tax. Also I can't really get service for them since they are miles away. All they can do is answer my emails and that's it.
The Prince 6000 is on the doorstep of EOL (end of life) if it is not already there. This means the OEM manufacturer will no longer make any replacement parts specific to the machine. I would check with Tennis Machines here in the USA to get a straight answer on availability of critical parts, like the circuit board. Owning a disabled orphan product sucks, especially when you lay out the kind of money you are talking about.
 

jim e

Legend
At that price point, aren't you getting toward the new Alpha Ghost?
I agree with dak95-00 as then you would get a brand new machine, not a 7-8/10 .
Also the Ghost has just about all features you would want along with a new machine most likely no issues with break down for a while.
 

GN-001

Semi-Pro
*MADE MY PURCHASE FOR THE PRINCE 6000*

thought I wasn't going to get anymore replies to this thread and then I woke up and just saw these new comments.

last night (before I read the new comments), I talked to the seller and we had a long conversation through text back and forth. He told me he got this machine in 2015 from another coach who strung around 80 racquets on it, he himself strung around 60 on the machine(he owns two shops and used this machine as a spare at home). I also asked him about calibration and he told me he "just recalibrated and holds its tension very well." I got the price down to $2100 instead of $2400 and made the deal. He's gonna pack it tonight and ship it tomorrow morning.

The Prince 6000 is on the doorstep of EOL (end of life) if it is not already there. This means the OEM manufacturer will no longer make any replacement parts specific to the machine. I would check with Tennis Machines here in the USA to get a straight answer on availability of critical parts, like the circuit board. Owning a disabled orphan product sucks, especially when you lay out the kind of money you are talking about.
Thanks for the information Chotobaka! I know what you mean. However, it seems the Prince 6000 is rather common in my country relatively speaking, I guess because it is quite inexpensive compared Babolat or Wilson machines. My seller said it's not difficult to find parts for this machine (although I'm not sure how true that statement is). I'm hoping for the best but if something does go wrong, I will look to contact Prince or something. Worst case, I will try to find parts online and get it shipped. Anyway, I will also take your suggestion and send an email to Tennis Machines regarding parts.

At that price point, aren't you getting toward the new Alpha Ghost?
I do remember someone said the Alpha Ghost is made by the same OEM. The price online says $2795. I did consider it but after checking customs tax ($550) + shipping (likely to be in the $150-250 range after checking e bay's shipping cost of similar stringing machines to my country). The seller that sold me the machine said he needs to ship 3 boxes and it cost him $100 just from the other side of the country that only requires a one hour flight! So 2795 + 550 + 200 = $3545. That's the financial side only. Also, anything over $1000 need to get a customs form signed by both parties. It is just alot of hassle.
 
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GN-001

Semi-Pro
I agree with dak95-00 as then you would get a brand new machine, not a 7-8/10 .
Also the Ghost has just about all features you would want along with a new machine most likely no issues with break down for a while.
yeah I would get the alpha ghost if I could...
 

GN-001

Semi-Pro
Our online retailer here (like tennis warehouse) is selling the Prince 6000 new for equivalent of $5500usd!
so although it is second hand and may be EOL, I still think it could be worth it. Thank you all for your help :)
 

sandalsocks

New User
hi,

This is my 2 cents. I had a friend have issue with a new Price racquet, we put in a request 6 times, called them 12 times, and still have not talked to a person. I have going the email, phone, and online web request submission route. My local pro switch away from Prince because they did not get back to her in a timely manner or answered her student's questions.

I would call Prince customer service to see how well they respond to test how well the customer service would be for your stringer
 

GN-001

Semi-Pro
hi,

This is my 2 cents. I had a friend have issue with a new Price racquet, we put in a request 6 times, called them 12 times, and still have not talked to a person. I have going the email, phone, and online web request submission route. My local pro switch away from Prince because they did not get back to her in a timely manner or answered her student's questions.

I would call Prince customer service to see how well they respond to test how well the customer service would be for your stringer
Thanks for your 2 cents sandalsocks!

I emailed Prince and got no reply, then I emailed a guy working at Prince (got his email from a tournament director) regarding stringing machines and he told me they only sell to retailers. im assuming that also means they give no support to people who dont buy from them even though it is a Prince machine. Also Prince is not popular here at all so I dont think they really bother.

It does seem like I dont have much support for this machine and I'm spending alot of money on it but I don't regret my purchase..yet. There is a slight doubt in my mind but I'm just going to hope for the best. At the moment, after talking with the seller, the machine seems to be in perfect working condition and he hasnt had a problem with it. The local online retailer here also has been using the machine perfectly fine since 2010. They told me they only have to replace the clamps once in a few years due to heavy usage.
 

themitchmann

Hall of Fame
Guys, the Prince brand is currently in transition - TW is taking over distribution of the performance products (top tier racquets, strings, etc), while Tennis Machines is still the place to reach out to for Prince Machines.
 
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