My experience with Kirby began with the arrival of two delightful young women on my doorstep. They were all primed to give me the whoop-de-do sales pitch and exact sympathy at the same time, by telling me they were trying hard to qualify for a free vacation trip.
They worked very hard to sell their product, but I must admit they were never other than friendly and polite. I have a long history in sales and recognize all the tactics; it was fun playing the game with them, but what they did not know was that I’d been wanting a Kirby for a long time.
My mother had one and enjoyed it seemingly forever. In any event, after all the bantering was over we got down to hard negotiating, and I ended up with a new Kirby Ultimate G Diamond Edition for a very reasonable price that was far less than anything I’ve seen mentioned on the Internet, even for a reconditioned one.
There’s a lot of wiggle room in the price, and you must be polite but very firm. In addition, do not under any circumstance do a time purchase plan with them – the interest rates are outrageous. Pay by check or cash.
By the way, they tried to sell me the one used in the demonstration, and I refused, holding out for a new, packaged unit. I got it, and they threw in the shampoo accessory gratis.
I’ve had the Kirby Ultimate G Diamond vacuum cleaner for about two years now, and it is the best vacuum I’ve ever owned.
It makes short work of all the hair that accumulates in a house with a large shedding retriever and two tabbies, and the bag filtration is very effective.
The self-propulsion system is solid as a rock, far better than my self-propelled Hoover, and the power is plentiful. Using the extension wand is a bit complex, since it involves disabling the belt, but once one gets used to it it’s a breeze.
I’m handy enough to fix it myself if necessary, but I don’t expect it to need repairs for a long time to come. I love it.