Friday, December 7, 2007

Kirby Vacuum Salesman

Jody usually takes Friday's off, and today was one of those days. As we were cleaning up after lunch, a Kirby vacuum salesman came to the door.

It started off great. The kids were enthralled. Steve (that was the salesmans' name) was very patient with the kids. He let them try out this attachment and that. He vacuumed my stairs (which I hate), he vacuumed on top of my coat closet, vacuumed my eating area, dusted all my lamps and my living room blinds, and the best part what when he got these 2 stains out of the living room carpet and shampooed it and vacuumed it. He actually got a lot of my chores done.

HOWEVER....

He stayed at our house for 4 HOURS. I just couldn't believe it. What was even more unbelievable was the price. He wanted us to sell the us that vacuum for a little over $2000. Aaaaaaaaaaaaah. We about choked when he told us that. Steve's upline came to try and convince us how much we needed the Kirby. How we should just build it into our mortgage. Jody was really holding out, and eventually the offer went down to a $1096.

The vacuum was phenomenal. But we could not rationalize that type of purchase. I was proud that Jody stood his ground. He did apologize for all the time the guy spent with us and that we didn't buy the vacuum from him. I don't think Steve and his upline guy bought our story. I'm sure they were disappointed. I'm sure they bad-mouthed us when they got into their van.

Oh well. We saved a bunch of money by not buying that great vacuum.

35 comments:

ellieandavasmommy said...

Okay - same thing happened to us?!?!? The guy said it would take like an hour and a half...and he stayed like 4 hours!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Don't lie to me. I know you guys played the poor Kirby salesman for some free carpet cleaning. My question has always been, "If you can come down to $1000, why didn't you just start there? Were you trying to rip me off?"
-Roman

Jerry said...

Glad you held your ground. There has been too many times that I didn't. But right after we moved to Hawkinsville, two guys came and did the same for us. But they were not Kirby. The price was about $2500. Judi really liked it. But I held my ground. I would have given $100. When they told me the price, I laughed. Way to go you guys. I'm really proud of yall. Dad

Anonymous said...

One more thing. The high for most of the week will be in the low 80's. I'm going to work on my tan.
-Roman

Jeff, Judith, Lauren, Emily, Daniel, Amy, and Joel said...

Where does Roman live? I want to move there!!! I HATE THE COLD!!!

Jed said...

4 HOURS.... GOOD GRIEF... That is a bit intrusive to your day... I don't think I would have bought one even if I could have afforded it after 4 hours...

Maggi said...

Four hours!!! Eek, even if he did do your chores, lol.

Yeah, my mom got an expensive vacuum and doesn't use it now. They lost(packed up) the attachments before they moved to an apt where they would have used it and now, I don't think she has room for it. Good for you all.

Anonymous said...

That happened to us when we lived in North Carolina. They definitely didn't stay 4 whole hours. I am disappointed in you, Jody. I got the lady to come down to 800, but we still didn't buy it. The showcase's person's "boss" was there supervising her also...she was not very professional either. At the end of it all, I told her if we had any idea it would be something SO unaffordable, I would not have let her clean my house. The boss person said, "How much did you THINK something like this would cost?" That's when I said "$800." Of course we still couldn't justify it. At the end they gave me a candle for my time! :) Email me! Kerri Packwood

Anonymous said...

Kirby's Rock! They are a great investment for your house. They are designed to last a lifetime! think about it if you buy a plastic vaccuum it'll last a couple years then you'll buy another and so on eventually in a lifetime you have wasted alot of money more then what you would pay for a kirby. It's the only vacuum in the whole world that can turn into a heavy duty hand held (wich can suck up to 10 inch deep of dirt) an upright, Canister, Electric broom, leaf blower, carpet shampooer, carpet fluffer and a dryer! Some people even put then in there wills and pass them down to their children! can you think of any other vaccuum manufacture out there that actually do last a life time! there can be 40 thousand diffrent diseases that can live in your mattress and couches for upto 7 years and the common cold can stay in you furniture for up to 6 weeks! If your sick for longer then a week there is a big chance you recaught it from all the nasy dirt in your house! Kirby vaccuums ahve been around for 100 years for a reason and have been doing door to door for 100 years for a reason! respect that!
Have a positive day!! :)

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Dj Washington said...

First off, I must say that the cleaner itself seemed GREAT from the demonstration! Got friggin' orange soda stain out that had remained for over a year!!

However, the salesmen were highly unprofessional. Though they were friendly (maybe intimidated by me, being the big black guy in a suit lol), they stayed in my home for 3 hours! Then one of the salesmen practically begged me to purchase the Kirby so he and his wife could win a trip to Vegas... This irritated me. I told them to finish the shampoo and leave immediately.

They began packing slowly still giving them the pitch, I said if they aren't off of my property in 3 minutes, they will be the ones calling 911 for an ambulance. They left promptly.

Dj Washington said...

Also forgot to mention, the vacuum is great, but what vacuum retails for $2000!?

$2000!? I paid less for my PLASMA TV!!!!!!

He eventually went down to $900 (which still is steep, but I think that would be worth the investment)... I still declined (see last post)

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