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Old 12-15-2011, 06:12 PM
 
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I still remember our Kirby salesman from when I was a kid. He sold my grandma and my mom vacuums. I inherited my mom's after she bought a new one and it's about 40 years old. It works great and I've been using it for 10 years. One of the best products I've ever owned!
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:14 PM
 
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the markup on that pos would blow your mind!

anyone who spends 4 figures on a vacuum is a sucker (phun intended)
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:38 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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You guys don't have a clue about door to door anything! Door to door sales is a part of the American culture that once flourished. If ONE salesmen bothers you then you would have been miserable 40 years ago... When I was a kid we had The Fullerbrush Man, The Avon Lady, The Tupperware Lady (to let you know about a party on your street), Encyclpedia Britannica and Worldbook, Insurance salesmen, A man that wanted to sharpen your knives, and a man with a pony that your kids could get their picture taken on. You folks have, what, 2? The Kirby man and Schawnns...Big Deal!!! Any more of you older folks have any more door to doors?
I will also say I bought a Kirby in 1988...it has seen me thru 4 kids (one that thought it was funny to unravel the carpet with it) a regular zoo of animals..including birds, all rodents, a plethora of dogs and cats and a reptile. It has served me well..beyond well actually...I love my Kirby. If I could afford one I would buy a new one, have my old one refurbished and give it to a "poor" family. Alas, right now I would fit my own criteria for "poor".
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:44 PM
 
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the markup on that pos would blow your mind!

anyone who spends 4 figures on a vacuum is a sucker (phun intended)
This is why wal-mart mentality prevails. Americans are ok with paying less money per purchase but more money over time to constantly replace cheaper alternatives.
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:46 PM
 
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I see your Kirby & raise you a Dyson!
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:35 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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My mom and sister both love their Kirbys.

Not me. I have a vacuum that doesn't numb my hand to push it and it doesn't have a nasty cloth bag to empty. I don't know if Kirby made a fancier vacuum than the ones my mom and sister have, but theirs are horrible. They almost never use them because vacuuming is such an ordeal. I won't use it if I'm helping them clean house...I take my vacuum along in my trunk like a maid service

And my "No Soliciting" sign is pretty convincing. It's one of the big commercial ones and it sits next to my Magnum Research sticker. The only people who ever ring my doorbell are missionaries and they're usually the parents of my daughters' classmates, so I have to be polite when I tell them to get lost.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:54 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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stupid salesman

why can't they just market their products in an actual store like best buy or what not?!? why go door to door trying to convince people to buy them!??!
That reminds me of a travelling salesman joke:

A little old lady answered a knock on the door one day, only to be confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying a Kirby vacuum cleaner.

"Good morning," said the young man. "If I could take a couple of minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in our high-powered Kirby vacuum cleaners."

"Go away!" said the old lady. "I haven't got any money!" and she proceeded to close the door.

Quick as a flash, the young man wedged his foot in the door and pushed it wide open. "Don't be too hasty!" he said. "Not until you have at least seen my demonstration."

And with that, he emptied a bucket of horse manure onto her hallway carpet.

"If this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this horse manure from your carpet, Madam, I will personally eat the remainder."

"Well," she said, "I hope you've got a good appetite because the electricity was cut off this morning."
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:28 AM
 
Location: 78250
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That reminds me of a travelling salesman joke:

A little old lady answered a knock on the door one day, only to be confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying a Kirby vacuum cleaner.

"Good morning," said the young man. "If I could take a couple of minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in our high-powered Kirby vacuum cleaners."

"Go away!" said the old lady. "I haven't got any money!" and she proceeded to close the door.

Quick as a flash, the young man wedged his foot in the door and pushed it wide open. "Don't be too hasty!" he said. "Not until you have at least seen my demonstration."

And with that, he emptied a bucket of horse manure onto her hallway carpet.

"If this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this horse manure from your carpet, Madam, I will personally eat the remainder."

"Well," she said, "I hope you've got a good appetite because the electricity was cut off this morning."
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:29 AM
 
Location: 78250
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I see your Kirby & raise you a Dyson!

lol
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:30 AM
 
Location: 78250
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This is why wal-mart mentality prevails. Americans are ok with paying less money per purchase but more money over time to constantly replace cheaper alternatives.
Indeed
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