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Kirby GSix Vacuum
Member Name: darkmine
Kirby GSix Vacuum
Date: 18/10/02, updated on 09/10/04 (4133 review reads)
Advantages: Need to do some weightlifting ?
Disadvantages: Overpriced, Noisy, Salesmen from hell
We suffered the kirby experience, but fought off the salesmen after about three and a half hours ! This was about 5 years ago and I hear they have not changed (although they are now even more desperate to sell).
I will say now and up front, I would rather suck the bed bugs out of my matress with my own lungs than ever have anything to do with Kirby again.
It is only down to the facts that 1) I am extremely stubborn, and 2) was extremely broke, that I managed to not sign their bit of paper.
This all started by someone calling at my door and asking if I would like to enter a free prize draw to win a Nissan Micra. Stupidly I said yes (it was something free ok!).
A couple of weeks later I got a call saying I had won a free carpet cleaning and when could they come around ? I asked if there was some selling angle behind this and I was told that they "might" try and sell me something. Ok, I thought, the living room is looking worse for wear, and all I have to do is say no.
One guy was dropped off by another at 8pm and returned to pick him up at about 11pm. We finally got rig of them at 11.30pm.
For our 3.5 hour demo, we got shown how the Kirby was effectively a heavyweight mecanno set, albeit with tremendus sucking power, and a barely legal decibel level.
I have to say, the Kirby did show how gutless our Panasonic upright was, but I knew that already. I would also say that now, as a Henry owner, I doubt the performance gap would be so great.
And how much was this leadden black hole generator going to cost us ? Only £2000, plus costs for annual maintenance and extra add-ons etc. I laughed a lot when we were told this, and after using our phone to talk to his boss (who I swear was the other guy, probably grilling some other poor couple), reduced the cost several times and offered us reconditioned second hand ones, finally dropping the price to £900. I was still laughing. This was about 2.5 hour
s into "allegedly" cleaning my carpets for free.
I warn you all (as have others), unless you have a thick wad of cash you were going to burn, and can say yes quickly to get shot of them, NEVER EVER let any Kirby salespersons onto your property, let alone into your house. They have been trained by Satan himself.
Our Henry cost us about £130 (with microfilter option) and is ten times better than our old Panasonic (which cost £160!).
I cannot see any cost justification for the Kirby monstrosity, and the anguish caused by the salespeople should be a punishable offence.