With money as tight as it is these days, we've all probably found ourselves furiously debating with our significant other about what to do when we're forced to spend. Like when an appliance breaks... Repair or replace? Buy something new, cheap - or invest in better quality?
Our folks always taught us to invest in quality, and to take care of our possessions - especially tools and equipment. But we know a lot of people who prefer to throw out broken items and insist on finding the cheapest new thing to "save money." I've always sworn that practice costs dearly in the long run - but it's a tough argument to prove (at least when I don't have the luxury of a pen and paper!) So how does this relate to vacuums?
We have this type of discussion with customers quite often. To our surprise, many folks who seem disgusted at the thought of spending $40 to get their nice vacuum repaired are almost anxious to buy one of the cheap, new machines in our showroom for $69! Does that logic sound funny to you?
[SCENARIO 1: Always buying new]
(Let's establish that, in general, a more expensive machine is higher quality.)
• Your vacuum cost $400, 3 years ago. You sucked up water accidentally and blew the motor. It will cost $150 to fix. You say "No way - I can buy new vacuum for that!"
• Your new vacuum cost $200. After 2 years it broke and will cost $75 to fix. You say "No way - I can buy new vacuum for that!"
• Your new vacuum cost $100. It's now 2 years old and just isn't working like it used to. All it needs is a belt and standard servicing for $39.99. "No way - I can buy new vacuum for that!"
• Your new vacuum cost $50. It's a bagless upright model and is due for its first HEPA filter change after 1 year. A filter costs $29.99. DON'T SAY IT: You cannot get a "full-sized" vacuum for that price. (Perhaps a Dustbuster or broom though!) So you buy one more new vacuum for $50.
Let's take a look at what you spent buying new vacuums instead of fixing them (and more importantly) what you got for your money:
• You've spent a total of $800 in an 8 year period. That's $100 a year average. You've gone through 5 vacuums, 4 of which are in the landfill. You now have in your possession a poorly performing, toy-sized vacuum that cannot clean your whole house well.
[SCENARIO 2: Fix & maintain what you have]
Let's say you'd kept your original, $400 vacuum running. Factor in that first major $150 repair. Let's also allow for $20 per year for bags and belts ($160) PLUS a $30 standard servicing every 2 years ($120):
• You've spent $120 LESS! A total of $680 in an 8 year period (averaging only $85 per year.) You've contributed no excess waste in the landfill. Best part is you STILL have in your possession a higher quality, $400 machine that cleans your house very well!!
CONCLUSION: Cheap IS Expensive! It is far "better" to buy a quality vacuum and keep it running for many years. It's more economical, ecological and provides a higher level of cleaning performance in your home! Apply this helpful logic to other products you may consider buying, and see the savings rack up!
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By: Rachel Decker
Stay tuned for other cleaning tips in future issues!