@sammydog01 Those are the craigslist prices. Thrift stores haven’t gotten the memo that prices have dropped. Also, it’s not at all an uncommon item at yard sales (where pricing becomes very flexible with only a modest amount of negotiating).
@medz@wmbarr The good thing is that it will last forever. I still have my mom’s electrolux and she passed away in 2001 to give you an idea. She had it for years before that. lots of attachments. we love it. would love cordless better but no use wasting a damn good vacuum. cheers!
@sammydog01 LOL, that would make sense. I almost never read the forums, but today was a snow day in NJ, so I was browsing around and saw your ‘72’ comment. There were 2 sold at the time. Really thought nothing of it. 18 hours, 22" of snow later my power comes back on. I check out the new meh (Power Saw) at 12:30am-ish, and I’m moving on with life. I’m a VMP, so I saw the Dyson still offered on the front page and for some reason I said to myself, geeze, I wonder how many they sold at that (high) price. Seventy-god-damned-two. Wha wha whaaaat??? Had to go verify that’s what was predicted. Dude…
@awk I have an original Dyson that’s built like a tank. I stupidly got a new ball style Dyson refurb in the last Mehrathon and I HATE it. Cheap feeling, flimsy plastic bits, even the handle feels like it’s going to snap off if I I’m too careless with it. I’ve switched back to my old Dyson. It’s still built like a tank.
My wife loves her Dyson animal corded vacuum; we have bought three of them so far as she wears them out. I am sure she would enjoy not having to drag a cord around also. However, my perception of hand held battery powered vacuums is that they have always been cheaper, weaker, and not as good at cleaning as the corded models. Remember dust busters? They really did not work very well or hold very much dirt.
I would buy one of these, but can’t get over that mental block of spending hundreds of dollars (about what we paid for her last refurb dyson on here, I believe) for a battery powered vacuum that I perceive as likely being inferior to the real thing.
Corded dyson animal vacs are $249 on the quick google shopping search i just did. This one is $100+ more, and has a dust bin that is only .14 gal according to the Amazon description. That is about a pint, or the size of a soda bottle. If you own a border collie, that means stopping to empty the container a couple times per room. That is precisely why we don’t use our $500 roomba any more.
@PlacidPenguin Not sure how to answer that. I have a perfectly functional shark rotator vacuum and don’t need a new one, I was just making a funny at how the deal title formatted on my screen. However, need is not the same as want. I want this one for free in a “bank error in your favor” kinda way.
So I actually had ordered this from you guys. Then I noticed that yours has a one year warranty while Amazon’s has a two year warranty. So your comparison with their pricing isn’t exactly honest. For such a high priced vacuum that extra year of warranty matters so I went ahead and canceled my order here and ordered one from Amazon. With Prime I’ll get it a lot quicker as well.
@sflesch On Amazon it does have a longer warranty - 2 years. The description on Meh says it’s one year. I’m assuming that’s one of the reasons they can sell it cheaper. They may have negotiated a shorter warranty when purchasing them from Dyson.
@sflesch It certainly may be an error. But I’m not taking that chance. In any case, Dyson just came out with the next generation, the V10. I canceled my order on Amazon and just ordered the V10 from Dyson’s site directly. Seems like it should fit our needs well and has a 90 day return policy. Can’t believe I just dropped $700 on a freakin vacuum!
Bed Bath and Beyond has it for $340 with their 20% off coupon, with the full 2 year warranty. Meh!
Also, did you know Dyson has unique serial numbers for each vacuum? Most stores that sell Dysons can tell you where you got it from, and approximately when (since the actual serials are not scanned in when you check out).
@lichme Their exclusions list is not fully followed in most of their stores - most items still allow the coupons to apply. Kate Spade being one big offender here. That list is some contractual thing for some specific items I guess?
Always buy a dyson at Costco or Bed bath and Beyond…so when they break, and break they will, you can return it and exchange it. We get a constant supply of the last 4 years of Dysons (65,40,41 and Multifloors) in for bad switches, power head assemblies and main motors…and right now, all these parts are on national backorder…The sticks fair a little better, but the batteries go after 2 years…just when they are out of warranty…
@fastharry I just changed the battery on one of my V6 stick vacs. Third party batteries are under $30. YMMV based on the quality of the cells they use. Some advertise the brand (“LG 18650 Cells”). For the V6, at least, it’s two exposed screws that hold the battery pack in. It is certainly a user serviceable part.
I don’t believe the V8 is a big enough upgrade over the V6 to warrant the price difference. I got my second V6, a motorhead with bonus Fluffy head, for $200 on Groupon. The Fluffy head (soft roller for hard floors) goes for $100 alone on ebay.
@DocWyeth I don’t know about that. Our dyson lasted 4 years. So far the shark powerhead has lasted one year and cost less than 1/4 what the Dyson cost. The suction has been equivalent, but on top of that it’s lighter (kids can handle it more easily) and smaller so it’s easier to handle around the house.
So right now I’m ahead of the game.
That said, I have a large family (9 kids) and a large house (3k sq feet), and I readily acknowledge use cases will be different. That the little shark can keep up with us and has lasted a full year is no small feat.
@DocWyeth@stienmanHaving owned both Dysons and Sharks, we’ve found their vacuuming performance to be similar, but the lightness of the Sharks is a plus if you have multiple levels in your dwelling.
The Dysons seem to be a bit more durable, but not 3-4 times (the price) more durable, not even close. The Sharks are actually pretty durable and cleverly designed.
Being a cheapass, I will burn a lot of time DIY-repairing a vacuum whilst watching a movie or whatever before I’ll throw it out.
Dysons are easier to service and you can actually get parts. The only way to service a Shark is to cannibalize another one (side of the road or eBay) or send it back to Shark. The local vacuum repair shops laugh when you ask about Shark parts.
I used a section of Hoover hose to replace the base to powerhead joint on a Shark Rotator Professional… twice. That was a failure point on the classic white and red model.
I just bought a new Dyson this past Black Friday. It’s the only time of year that they are truly discounted anywhere. I am not going to fault Meh on this fine Wednesday morning for stepping out of its comfort zone this one time to offer up a NEW, NAME BRAND item. Good effort on you, Meh, but not quite enough for us to click “buy.”
@cajun I would probably never have bought one myself because of the price, but I got a Dyson ball animal as a gift. Now, I’m a crazed fan of Dyson and will never look elsewhere. It is light, versatile and has great suction.
@cajun@goldnectar It’s not that the suction is too powerful, but the beater bar is. Any stray yarns could be easily ripped out, damaging the carpet.
Do I feel they’re worth the premium? No. Will I buy one when it’s more reasonably priced? Yes. My sub-$20 thrift store Dyson works way better than any other sub-$20 thrift store vacuums I purchased before.
Just got one of these from the Dyson refurb store, and it’s pretty impressive in terms of lightness and suction. Unfortunately, that battery lasts 5-7 minutes at full power, and takes 5 hours or so to recharge.
I just spent $20 replacing the filters in my current dyson which was a refurb, btw. Our vacuum before that was a refurb Shark Navigator which we gifted to family.
You don’t need to spend this much on a vacuum. If you really want new, go with the Shark brand. I felt it was of better quality over the Dyson.
Sooooo…with shipping, that’ll be $374. That’s a $26 discount over Amazon. You also get one year less warranty over Amazon. Amazon has an extending 2 year warranty option for $37.79. That’s $18.90 per warranty year. $26 savings - $18.90 one year warranty value = $7.10 of actual adjusted savings.
True savings = $7.10
That’s not even worth the time I spent calculating this.
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At Christmas my dad wanted to get my mom one of these things. I just smiled and figured it would pass, but he kept bringing it up every day. I thought it was overpriced and a waste of money, but since it would make my dad happy I helped him get one for my mom. Wanna know something? It was worth the money and I’d do it again. It makes cleaning soooo easy and convenient. Dragging out the vacuum or sweeping is a pain in the you know what. But this thing is easy. Does it replace a full sized vacuum? No. And if you can’t afford to get one, don’t get one. But, if you have the money and want to make your life easier, these things are great. Oh, and don’t bother with the Absolute. We hardly use the extra attachments.
My Shark is Scary Good for around 109.00. No Freaking way am I gonna spend almost $400.00 for a Dyson… Ty anyway… MEH. I have decided I have a serious Vacuum Fetish, however, I CAN RESIST THIS!!! Muhahaha.
I would like to thank meh for wasting my entire day doing research and reading reviews on vacuums to save $30 over amazon. Alas, after a full day of I should, no I shouldn’t, yes I should, no I shouldn’t, I finally broke down at 10:40 (my time) and made the purchase. I am hoping the payoff will come when my kids no longer have any excuses;) please, no more expensive items that take up way too much time in my circus brain!