Sunday, January 6, 2019

The Vacuum Wars


My not-very-old Kenmore Vacuum quit yesterday in mid-vacuum so that the motor in the machine died but not the motor in the floor brush.  I could still vacuum, but it just picked the stuff up and tossed it into the air, like confetti. Wheee

Problem #1:  Kenmore is Sears. Sears is no longer.

aha, I thought, I have my MIL's not-very-used Eureka (which she refused to pronounce, because it was foreign, and called it an Areka) and one remaining bag.

Problem #2:  you can order the bags online, from the store, and pick them up the next day, but it appears that they are no longer 3.98 per three pack, but 8 dollars each.

The instructions on the bag gently suggest that it  "should be changed every month or so".  Excuse me.  I have two cats, an old dust-bunny of a house,  and burn wood.  Maybe one ROOM each time...

My husband, however, is a math person,  meaning he likes his problems solved.  He spent considerable computer time hunting down bags for this, and suddenly said, "hey...Amazon sells a cloth bag for that thing."   (a silent cheer went up).   By next week I will be the proud owner of a for real cloth bag that will probably fit.   And my excuses (Oh, damn I just ran out of bags again) have evaporated.

(insert snoopy dance of joy of your choice here)

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2 comments:

  1. Sears has not completely gone but the nails on their coffin are almost all in. I have Kenmore appliances and they are all old. Hopefully, I will be able to buy parts when they are needed.

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    1. My washer, refrigerator, and freezer all came from Sears, as did the vacuum. It was, frankly, a hunk o' junk. Last year one of the wheels on the floor brush cracked, and I gave up on the hepa crap ages ago. Gotta love cloth bags.

      At least with this bag in place on another vacuum I can string out the search until next spring, without having to deal with sub zero temps and icy roads.

      Does seem a shame that we lose KMart AND Sears AND Toy R Us all basically in one big bite. Amazon's gonna own us all, one appliance at a time.

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