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Old 05-19-2015, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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I sold those about 20 years ago. I was making an average of $1,000 a week working part time. Sales commissions on those are very high. I would never leave one in a home to try out. If I left one, you bought it. They work great, but I would never pay that much money for one.

Personally I would try to find one cheaper in a consignment or pawn shop.
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:34 PM
 
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I had no idea rainbow vacuums existed until I read this. How odd.
Same here.
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Old 06-06-2015, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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They do a great job of cleaning for sure! We had a demo back in the 80's. The guy challenged us to show him the two worst parts of the carpet in our home and he'd attack them with the Rainbow.

So, we showed him a dirty part of our great room rug (in the walk way) and then we showed him our light colored dining room carpet which suffered from a dropped pan of cooked bacon.

Lo and behold, the Rainbow cleaned both areas! We were impressed.

However, when the guy asked for the sale I told him (and I felt a little bad )... No thanks, because our carpets are clean now and we don't need anything that fancy (read - expensive).

So off he went... No sale.
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Old 08-18-2015, 06:53 PM
 
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We are on our second Rainbow...we are purchasing a new home and thinking about another Rainbow for the basement area. Yes, they are overpriced...and inconvenient...but undeniably they are an excellent vacuum cleaner. I will buy my next one on EBAY to avoid the overpriced units. My current unit was purchased on EBAY 15 years ago...still running good.
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:03 PM
 
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My husband and I worked for a Rainbow distributor several years ago. The guy we worked for would use new units to demo and the next day clean it up and deliver it for a new machine. Yes there are dealers that do anything and say anything to sell a unit...bottom line is they are good machine but they are over priced. The reason they are so expensive...there are several people that get a piece of the action before it is delivered. The manufacturer sends it to a warehouse for a certain price. Then the regional man over the warehouse gets a cut. Then the district manager gets a cut. Then the distributor gets his cut...finally the saleman makes his small commission. Out of the commission must come any gift that has been given away. So...now you see why they are so expensive. They change the unit a little and claim that it is a better unit and they raise the price...Bottom line is it is still overpriced...BUT a great machine!!!!
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