For some time, I've been researching different ways to improve my living space. One specific aspect was the high level of dust that my apartment tends to accumulate, and one way to help with that which kept coming up was to get a new, high quality vacuum cleaner. I did a bunch of research and looking around, and was guided partially by the vacuum repair technician AMA on Reddit
. I was sold then on a bagged model, and started to ponder sticking with an upright or trying out one of those fancy canister-style vacuums.
The obvious high quality model (powerful, excellent air filtration, compact, durable, quiet, and cute!) was the Miele C3 series which comes with staggeringly
high price tags. I am financially comfortable enough to afford this extended time off, but I simply could not be convinced to part with such dosh over a vacuum, and started looking for more reasonably priced alternatives. Canister vacuums command quite the premium, it turns out, so I resigned to stick with an upright, but none of what I found really caught my eye.
Since I do have more free time these days, I also put up a bunch of Craigslist searches to check daily, just in case something interesting should pop up. Today, about 4 weeks later, there was exactly the model I was after being offered new in box for about 40% off retail (the owner had won 2 in an auction and was keeping the other for themselves)! WIN! Whenever I find something like this, I'm always afraid it will get sold out from under me or will turn into a bidding war, so I made sure to run out and finalize the deal while not trying to appear over-eager. A quick test to make sure it works, and it was mine.
I spent a good hour playing with my new toy today. I wonder what it says about me that getting a new vacuum cleaner gets me this excited.
Time may certainly change my opinion (I've owned it all of 7 hours now), especially since I just read 2 other tips for adjusting how it works. Right now though, overall, I'm... happy and satisfied with my purchase, but I don't think I would have been if I'd paid full price.