The Kirby Vacuum Scam

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The Kirby Vacuum Scam

When a company is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, I have this sense to trust them and believe they have good business sense. While Kirby vacuums sale strategy likely makes good business sense, it is an incredibly stressful process for everyone involved. To help answer any questions, I figured I’d provide a breakdown on what makes up the Kirby vacuum scam that everyone is interested in.

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First, don’t panic, the vacuums themselves are great machines. They do a great job cleaning up your home and a ton of people love the machines. Everything they will demonstrate to you is real and the vacuums are incredibly versatile. The amount of different features that a single Kirby vacuum has to offer is tremendous and if you need a high end vacuum and will use the features, you’ll definitely get a bargain.

However, where the questions about Kirby come into play is their sales practice. If you’ve never experienced it yourself, here’s how it goes down. People will present to you in some variation that they will clean a room in your house for free. The presentation might be pitched as a “prize” or as one man described, as a young woman shivering out in the cold pleading with him to let her demonstrate the vacuum, only to be replaced by two workers when he finally agreed.
The Kirby vacuum has a lot of parts, but buying it can be a hassle.

Agreeing to this demonstration is opening yourself up to a grueling process. The cleaning staff will take several hours to clean the room, sometimes as many as four hours. Throughout the process, one former sales member reported, they are required to use 100 cleaning filters to make it a valid presentation, so you can imagine how much time goes into it. When they’ve finally finished their show, you’re then pushed into a stressful haggling experience as they won’t take no for an answer. Prices might start as high as two or three thousand dollars, and then slowly work their way down to around 1,000 as the staff makes calls back to their boss. You will somehow feel like you’re facing the stress of buying a new car, all while being in your own home.

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Were that everything, we might be wary of calling it the Kirby vacuum scam, and instead just call it sleezy business practices. However, things are made worse by the way these employees are tricked into their jobs. Much like most door-to-door work, the ads never mention the requirements to earn your salary or the style of work that’s being done. Instead, they’re told they’ll get a minimum salary of 1650 a month, and lured in with promises of steady work.

In the end, it’s sad to see how they resort to selling these vacuum cleaners. Kirby makes great vacuum cleaners that are incredibly versatile and do a great job cleaning your home. However, with pushy sales staffs that are literally forcing their way into your home, it makes these machines lose a bit of their shine. If any of you have any experience, either working for Kirby, or having them try and sell you a vacuum, please comment as we’d love to hear more views on it!

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