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Old 10-04-2008, 01:35 PM
 
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Kirby vacuum people making door to door rounds in my neighborhood and up and down the road today - they want to open an office in Charlotte.

They tell you they'll come in and "fry foam" clean your dirtiest room for free, etc., just to give you a demonstration - no pressure. Thought it was a good idea, so I let the kid in to clean a downstairs room.

Took forever. The guy has to assemble the whole thing and show you each and every part and what it does, and that takes a while before they even start cleaning anything. Seems like a great product, when he got around to actually cleaning the carpet, but the pitch and the assembling (and then dis-assembling) took way too long and it was awkward. I like my Saturdays and I don't have time to waste. I had to go out so I cut the demo short and had him leave.

And if you don't need a $2000 vacuum cleaner, ( and I don't and I'm not in the market for one, anyway) you definitely don't have to waste on these guys. Normally I don't let salesmen into the house, but I thought they were just going to clean something and be off... my mistake.

Check the internet - you can get one on Overstock refurbished for $400 - the ones on ebay are cheaper. Supposed to be a good product in any case - I don't see why they waste their time and yours with poor demonstrations.
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Old 10-04-2008, 01:41 PM
 
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They are heavy and hard to folks like me(not very strong) to even push around the floor. I fell for the same trick, only it was a young woman I knew, who had to "practice" her pitch. It turned into a very hard sell and she even called her manager to have him make the pitch when I said no.
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Old 10-04-2008, 02:00 PM
 
Location: long island , ny
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Kirby vacuum people making door to door rounds in my neighborhood and up and down the road today - they want to open an office in Charlotte.

They tell you they'll come in and "fry foam" clean your dirtiest room for free, etc., just to give you a demonstration - no pressure. Thought it was a good idea, so I let the kid in to clean a downstairs room.

Took forever. The guy has to assemble the whole thing and show you each and every part and what it does, and that takes a while before they even start cleaning anything. Seems like a great product, when he got around to actually cleaning the carpet, but the pitch and the assembling (and then dis-assembling) took way too long and it was awkward. I like my Saturdays and I don't have time to waste. I had to go out so I cut the demo short and had him leave.

And if you don't need a $2000 vacuum cleaner, ( and I don't and I'm not in the market for one, anyway) you definitely don't have to waste on these guys. Normally I don't let salesmen into the house, but I thought they were just going to clean something and be off... my mistake.

Check the internet - you can get one on Overstock refurbished for $400 - the ones on ebay are cheaper. Supposed to be a good product in any case - I don't see why they waste their time and yours with poor demonstrations.
Hey bankers need work !
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Old 10-04-2008, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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One more reason not to let a stranger into your home......
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Old 10-04-2008, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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I can't believe those are still around and the salesmen still go door-to-door.

I would never let a salesman in the house, period! Just another stranger casing the joint.

Sara
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Old 10-04-2008, 05:17 PM
 
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Door to door selling is rare these days ... we don't even get JW's anymore.
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Old 10-04-2008, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Huntersville
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Door to door selling is rare these days ... we don't even get JW's anymore.

They found me Wednesday however the dog acted tough that day and they said thye would get back to me
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Old 10-04-2008, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Yellow Brick Road
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For $2000, consider a central vac! Dear me . . . I am sure Kirby is a good product but they ought to be for that price.

I feel so for anyone trying to do that job . . . door to door anything. It's a virtual world, people! If I want to see a Kirby demonstration, the first place I would look is YouTube - on my own time schedule, LOL!!!!!
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Old 10-04-2008, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Monroe, NC
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For $2000, consider a central vac! Dear me . . . I am sure Kirby is a good product but they ought to be for that price.

I feel so for anyone trying to do that job . . . door to door anything. It's a virtual world, people! If I want to see a Kirby demonstration, the first place I would look is YouTube - on my own time schedule, LOL!!!!!
Kirby is like the Mercedes S-Class of vacuum cleaners. They're very good, but by no means the world's greatest vacuum cleaner. My sister bought one in 1976, when she got married, and still has it - and it still works! My idea of buying a vacuum cleaner is to check the latest ratings in Consumer Reports. I bought their best buy one three years ago for $138 and it still works like a charm. Kirby's appeal runs along the lines of Viking and SubZero appliances - a bit of "snob appeal", rather than being substantially better than vacuum cleaners priced for us mere mortals!
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Old 10-04-2008, 08:10 PM
 
Location: West, Southwest, East & Northeast
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I've had a Kirby since the mid 70s. I wouldn't have anything else. I've never seen another vacuum any better, and with the debris going into water there is no bagging or dust. I've had numerous houses with central vac systems that I rarely used in the house, mainly using it only to vacuum the car in the garage. I think I paid about $500-$600 in the mid 70s, which was expensive back then. I didn't know they were $2,000 now. If I had to replace mine I would get a refurbished Kirby, and wouldn't care if it was a vintage 70's, 80's, 90's or newer. They are indeed unbelievable...

PS - I wouldn't let a door-to-door salesman inside the house either.
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