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Previous Slickdeals for that mixer (from what I've heard, the 7-quart is probably the best of the modern home-grade KitchenAid mixers) were in the $200-300 range. It should also be noted that it's basically the same mixer as the standard 6-quart "Professional" mixer line, it's just got a slightly taller bowl and slightly stronger motor than the base 600 series. They're compatible with each other's bowls and accessories. And the 6-quart "Pro" mixers have been seen within the last year or so here on Slickdeals below $200. So if you're not in a hurry, a truly slick deal may come along for half the price of what you've posted. It's happened in the last year or two. That's what I'm waiting for, since I can't afford a $400 KitchenAid mixer. If I had mixer money like that, I'd set my sights above KitchenAid on a much more durable mixer like a Kenwood, Bosch, or the one I desire the most, the Ankarsrum. Those high-end home mixers cost $500-800 or so and they will last decades. If you treat them well the generation after you would inherit your. The next level above that is commercial-grade mixers like Hobart that are meant to hold up to all-day use and are overkill for almost all home users, though they do mix excellently. Those start at like $1000-2000. Hobart used to make the KitchenAid mixers up until a few decades ago. It's said that those Hobart mixers are way more robust and durable than new KitchenAid mixers.
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