Steve Eaton: 'Short visit' by vacuum salesman drives family to move out

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  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    July 14, 2013 7:49 a.m.

    I had one of these guys come by a few years back. I'm their worst nightmare. I teach math and if I've never done an analysis with their product, I say to them. "OK...let's figure out if this is worth it." Then I pull up an Excel Spreadsheet and start crunching numbers, looking up their assertions online, etc. I tell them I'm going to figure out the costs, then take interest into account to see how much I would have if I just invested the money, figure out average costs and how long average alternatives costs, etc. I make them spend longer, way longer, while I simply am developing a lesson plan for my class. hehehe.. For example, for new siding on my house, I found out that it would take me like 18 years to recoup the loss. Not worth it in my opinion since average American moves every 7.

    But... my analysis of the vacuum was the one time ever that it worked out well mathematically. I bought it. Nearly 10 years later, I've made up the difference (over buying cheaper Walmart ones that break every few years which is what we were doing before).

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    July 11, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    Very funny Steve, but kinda sad too imagining this "salesman" doing all this to your family. I kinda would have liked a paragraph or two on the contrarian answers you gave him...that could have been hilarious!

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    July 10, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    I totally remember the hard-sell. I did buy the "tank" (aka vacuum), but got the huge guilt trip for not buying all the fancy add-ons they were selling too.
    I love it the vacuum, but if I had it to do over again, I wouldn' was way too expensive.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    July 5, 2013 8:41 p.m.

    Yep, Bem there done that I got the thing, it's in storage.