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Monday, February 21, 2011

On Dysons and other expensive vacuum cleaners

Thought this was interesting: expensive vacuum cleaners (like Dysons) are becoming a kind of status symbol.

"View of vacuum cleaners as status symbols is picking up"
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06050/656646.stm

I must confess to being tempted to get a Dyson – I guess the subtle hype was getting to me.

I ended up not getting a Dyson but getting a replacement hose for our old vacuum.

3 Comments:

  • :) It's not a status symbol to me. Then again, it's not a Dyson. Still, the extra up front cost of our bagless vacuum cleaner has more than been covered by now because it sucks more, I don't need to buy branded, hard-to-find bags and it's less dusty to empty and clean. Any (bag) vacuum cleaner that I ever used before sucked badly and made the room feel dustier after use, even with newly replaced bags.

    Cheers from Finland. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Valkeakoski,+Finland&aq=0&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=35.082817,56.513672&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Valkeakoski,+Finland&ll=-23.241346,-130.78125&spn=179.486169,184.21875&t=h&z=0

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/19/2011 12:50 PM  

  • Hey Jon,
    I did get a dyson hand-held vac not because of status but because I was impressed by the "cyclone" marketing ploy. I don't regret it because I got a free 38" tv from a lucky draw. However, as hand vacs go, I would much recommend shimano's 600W handvac, RM199, stronger, not battery powered.

    By Blogger NG, at 4/13/2011 5:08 PM  

  • @Anonymous - Good point - the bags cost quite a bit.

    NG - You're lucky to have one!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 7/21/2011 7:30 PM  

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