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Post# 116707   12/2/2010 at 18:41 (3,364 days old) by Kirbyotronic ()        

That's just crazy for what this sold for!

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Post# 116708 , Reply# 1   12/2/2010 at 18:47 (3,364 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Good Night Virginia!

Post# 116709 , Reply# 2   12/2/2010 at 18:54 (3,364 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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At least he didn't take everything out of the box, then it's not NIB anymore.

Post# 116711 , Reply# 3   12/2/2010 at 19:14 (3,364 days old) by sanimatic ()        

We got one of those when I was a kid. And how funny that I remember the box so correctly in such detail. I loved that vac, but not $1300 worth.

Post# 116721 , Reply# 4   12/2/2010 at 20:03 (3,364 days old) by DysonAnimal ()        

It would be interesting if someone used one of those 'relative value' calculators to compare how much that one went for, with how much a consumer would have paid for it when new....

Post# 116722 , Reply# 5   12/2/2010 at 20:19 (3,364 days old) by DysonAnimal ()        

Ok, I did it - according to someone knowledgeable in these matters, in 1969, it sold new for $79.95.

The nearest year I can compare it to is 2009 - but this is what I got:

$468.00 using the Consumer Price Index
$380.00 using the GDP deflator
$485.00 using the value of consumer bundle
$486.00 using the unskilled wage
$562.00 using the Production Worker Compensation
$764.00 using the nominal GDP per capita
$1,160.00 using the relative share of GDP

Post# 116727 , Reply# 6   12/2/2010 at 21:28 (3,364 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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The person who listed it has got to be pretty shocked!

Post# 116734 , Reply# 7   12/2/2010 at 21:59 (3,364 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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They'll be even more shocked if they get the money. All too often bids that high arent honored. People get carried away with the bidding then back out.

Post# 116741 , Reply# 8   12/2/2010 at 23:54 (3,364 days old) by vintagecanister ()        
Bidding list........

Take a look at the bid list. Interesting that the last two bidders were totally at the last minute.

I'm seriously thinking there's something up with this. We go from $430.00 to $1299.00??????

Thoughts? Am I missing something?

Member Id: w***7( 1481) US $1,300.00 Dec-02-10 14:11:16 PST
Member Id: n***e( 704) US $1,299.69 Dec-02-10 14:11:19 PST
Member Id: e***d( 324) US $430.00 Dec-02-10 10:13:32 PST
Member Id: e***d( 324) US $400.00 Nov-27-10 10:45:03 PST
Member Id: 4***n( 327) US $400.00 Nov-27-10 20:14:14 PST
Member Id: 4***n( 327) US $380.00 Nov-27-10 20:13:56 PST
Member Id: 4***n( 327) US $370.00 Nov-27-10 20:13:40 PST
Member Id: 4***n( 327) US $360.00 Nov-27-10 20:12:55 PST
Member Id: 4***n( 327) US $350.00 Nov-27-10 20:11:57 PST
Member Id: 4***n( 327) US $325.00 Nov-27-10 08:36:44 PST
Member Id: d***w( 742) US $300.00 Nov-27-10 07:30:53 PST
Member Id: 4***n( 327) US $300.00 Nov-27-10 08:36:23 PST
Member Id: e***d( 324) US $290.00 Nov-27-10 07:11:08 PST
Member Id: d***w( 742) US $275.00 Nov-27-10 07:30:37 PST
Member Id: d***w( 742) US $250.00 Nov-27-10 06:34:25 PST
Member Id: p***u( 59) US $227.77 Nov-26-10 22:15:18 PST
Member Id: e***d( 324) US $220.00 Nov-26-10 21:14:17 PST
Member Id: p***u( 59) US $207.77 Nov-26-10 22:15:00 PST
Member Id: p***u( 59) US $187.77 Nov-26-10 22:14:37 PST
Member Id: p***u( 59) US $177.77 Nov-26-10 22:14:04 PST
Member Id: d***w( 742) US $150.00 Nov-26-10 13:00:40 PST
Member Id: m***m( 137) US $137.73 Nov-26-10 09:34:38 PST
Member Id: d***w( 742) US $100.00 Nov-26-10 13:00:16 PST
Member Id: m***m( 137) US $99.56 Nov-26-10 08:12:10 PST
Member Id: p***u( 59) US $77.77 Nov-25-10 22:46:40 PST
Member Id: m***m( 137) US $77.50 Nov-26-10 08:11:26 PST
Member Id: m***m( 137) US $65.73 Nov-26-10 08:11:10 PST
Member Id: m***m( 137) US $53.78 Nov-26-10 08:10:46 PST
Member Id: d***w( 742) US $50.00 Nov-25-10 19:24:18 PST
Member Id: 4***n( 327) US $30.00 Nov-25-10 17:14:00 PST
Starting Price US $29.95 Nov-25-10 14:11:20 PST

Post# 116749 , Reply# 9   12/3/2010 at 02:43 (3,364 days old) by Vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Its simple enough

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The ebay member e***d placed a maximum bid of greater than $400 early morning Nov 27. Two other competitors tried to out bid - one dropped out at $300 and the other at $400. It looks to me that e***d's (dont you just hate ebay's policy of hiding winners namers!) max bid was $430 - being out bid by n***e, who placed a high max bid $1299.69 (madness, they should have placed it just over $1300.00), which itself was "sniped" in the closing seconds of the auction.

Clearly the bidder really wanted it - so good luck to them and good luck to the buyer if the bid is honoured.

It has often been said that an item is worth what someone is prepared to pay for it, even if "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

I certainly would never pay this much for one cleaner although I must confess that I have probably spent a lot more than this over the years. I dont keep an list of how much I spend (I suppose I should really) but it would take the total at least of my five most expensive cleaners to exceed this figure but that is my choice based partly on my income and partly how much I want it and partly how much I am prepared to pay - all my choice. But i too have been left open-mouthed at the amounts some people bid up to, not just cleaners but other things too.

Happy bidding

Post# 116767 , Reply# 10   12/3/2010 at 10:29 (3,363 days old) by joe22 ()        

that millionaire collector got it, he snipes BIG bucks

Post# 116771 , Reply# 11   12/3/2010 at 11:13 (3,363 days old) by musicinabottle ()        

Don't you just hate these rich a holes? Us poor folks have to look for crumbs. Nuff said.

Post# 116787 , Reply# 12   12/3/2010 at 13:57 (3,363 days old) by kenkart ()        

Has ruined it for ordinairy working folks like me! Occasionally you can get a deal,but usually people with loads of money get it, I refuse to pay a rediculous price....even if I had that much money.

Post# 116795 , Reply# 13   12/3/2010 at 14:37 (3,363 days old) by petek (Ontario)        
Truth hurts.

Nobody is ruining anything for anyone.
How do you all know whoever won it has big bucks. Some people believe it or not don't waste their money on a lot of stuff you might think necessary or you just gotta have and instead they save it for buying things they really want on Ebay etc. Or they put it on their credit card (foolish). Maybe the buyer doesn't have a car to spend money on making payments and insurance or house payments. Maybe they don't bother with a cellphone or hi end cable monthly bills or wasting it on stupid Xboxes and Wii and games etc. Who knows, maybe they are rich, it doesn't matter but don't jump to conclusions.
If anyone one of you wanted it that badly or you want a good shot at the next NIB old vac that comes up then you'll seriously think about SAVING that money up so you can be MR. Big Bucks next time and have everyone bitching about you. LOL

It's as simple as that really.

Post# 116805 , Reply# 14   12/3/2010 at 15:07 (3,363 days old) by whirlpolf ()        
quote: "Nobody is ruining anything for anyone."

Is this the brave old "capitalism rules" song all over the place again?
I'd say yes and no. To both of it.
To the "nobody is ruining it" (yes it might possibly be true that someone wants it so badly, that he is spending tons of money on the vac - but why pumping it up so high for nothing?)

And also yes to the "capitalism song" (since all capitalism slogans end with "period" or "your fault" or "so be it" or "if he can, he will, wouldn't you?" or "that's facts, shut up"). I'd say no here only because we will never know, we will never have any substantial proof of this allegation. (That's why things like this can work at all).

I say: If the two top bidders kick the price up that high with no further reason, they definitely are 2 tomatoes short of a salad and indeed DO ruin things as one grand is just small pocket money to them.
Let's face it guys: From 430 to 1200something IS moron behavior.
There are so many Hoovers out there (still).
Just a wee bit of Zen-like composure or patience would have granted the veritable device to the "veritable" gentleman in just some weeks.

Or read me plain text: Greed and impatience (and/OR fraud).
I wouldn't be too surprised if that very same machine pops up again (possibly in more than 90 days, as this is the period which ebay deletes old auctions within so you can't trace the deal.)

Talking about price-boxing upwards... (or on a global scale: financial bubbles).

Post# 116807 , Reply# 15   12/3/2010 at 15:11 (3,363 days old) by whirlpolf ()        

and world peace! ;-))
(of course!)

Post# 116808 , Reply# 16   12/3/2010 at 15:12 (3,363 days old) by kenkart ()        
All I know is!

It is getting harder and harder to go to yard sales estate sales and antique malls and get a deal because these folks see a Mixmaster sell for 300.00 so they think all are worth that much, so yes I do think this kind of thing is ruining it for everyone else!

Post# 116810 , Reply# 17   12/3/2010 at 15:16 (3,363 days old) by petek (Ontario)        
Good news is:

The other thing that happens when you get these overpriced auctions is that they send out BIG $$$$ signs to Ebay sellers and viewers around the world who then try to cash in themselves while the heat is on. In no time you begin to see a flurry of similar items that perhaps they wouldn't have even bothered listing.
I know because I've done it selling stuff. Seen a particular mixer get big bucks.. Oh I have one or two of them so onto Ebay they go and I get some good money for one maybe two and then the bottom falls out because there's quite a few for sale now. That's they way she goes. Hang tough and wait and sooner or later what you're looking for comes up and goes for a reasonable price.

I'm kicking myself this week because there was a blender on Ebay I've wanted for ages and the few times they came up they always sold for close to $200 with multiple bidders.. I forgot to "watch it" and it sold for a mere $39 with one bidder.

Post# 116812 , Reply# 18   12/3/2010 at 15:21 (3,363 days old) by whirlpolf ()        
right, Hans!

I have discovered a similar development over here: Machines that used to go for a few dozen Euros now are announced 75,- or even 200,- starting price.
(They rise like yeast in no time, being offered again 2 weeks later at 1,-)

My solution: Stick with the old prices and refuse those poker face blobs who call their relatives to bid up and up and up).
(I ban them).

Even more so: Less ebay, more yard and garage sales and goodwill shops for me! (Even if this means more traveling, so what?) A good chance for a good chat! Have won more than 1 new friend through this. ;-)
Which is more than money can buy...

Good luck to you!

Post# 116814 , Reply# 19   12/3/2010 at 15:41 (3,363 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

The whole thing is not really a lot different than any retail scenario. Look how much people were spending on a 40" LCD tv 2-3 years ago $900-$1500 so of course the "have to have it now" folks had to have it and parted ways with $900-$1500 and enjoyed their tv's. Today that set costs $500-$600, so the people that would wait or perhaps didn't wan't to go into hawk to get it, or it was beyond their means can now afford it. Heck they could buy two of them for less now. And what the heck is 2 years anyways...that jealousy or whatever is gone, vanished, even replaced by maybe.. what a fool Joe was for wasting all that money back then when he could have paid half now or had two now the same price today.

Post# 116821 , Reply# 20   12/3/2010 at 16:54 (3,363 days old) by classicfan1 (Ohio, USA)        

Oh well. I am really into Hot Wheels collecting. Well, was...I had things come up.

A VERY rare car called the "Rear-Loader Beach Bomb" in pink, from 1969, sold for $72,000. The seller got the cash and bought a Dodge Viper.

I remember my first vacuum sale in 2007. A Hoover Convertible, saved from getting scrapped, sold for $31.00. Not bad, I got it for free. I have a vacuum cleaner of similar age, with similar colors called the "Handivac" and I don't see any of those around compared to Convertibles. I have 15.99 on it, no takers. Goes to show, RARITY will NOT always mean a sale. Somebody has to want it, if you want a good sale, then it takes two who want it badly.

Stop being a sore loser, things happen. Sure, Convertibles are common, but how many STILL NEW IN THE BOX? Condition is everything. Just be glad people might see these prices and don't throw these things away.

Post# 116828 , Reply# 21   12/3/2010 at 17:42 (3,363 days old) by musicinabottle ()        

Ebay sucks and yes it has contributed to inflation greed and ordininary items that went for a few bucks years ago, to now instant anticipated retirement funds for these guys. Furthermore, anyone, and I mean anyone who could afford to toss that kind of dough around is a rich snob. No one in their right, sane, anal retentive saving mode would let the money out of their savings that freaking fast! Eurekastar, that is one beautiful Kirby in your avatar. What model is that? Can you tell me please? This is going to be my new dream model!

Post# 116857 , Reply# 22   12/4/2010 at 03:04 (3,363 days old) by animebsd ()        

I cant belive that! because im getting a 1020 with a swingette canister that is nib!

Post# 116873 , Reply# 23   12/4/2010 at 08:13 (3,362 days old) by compactelectra (Rancho Mirage, CA - New home of the Obamas)        

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Now my two cents. I too agree that the price paid (if, in fact it ultimately is) is amazingly high. Tania found a stash of brand new in the box Compact C-9s with power nozzle which sold for $200. This is what we call in the business world an outlier. It was a perfect set of circumstances for the seller - lucky them. Unique in that there were two potential buyers that really wanted this machine and had the means to get it. If there was only one, go back and look at the bidding, it would have sold for much less. EBay has changed things and I stay away from it now due to temptation and the fact that I really don't need or want any more machines unless they are highly unusual or brand new like a time capsule. In any event, given a slightly different set of circumstances, this would not have happened.

Post# 116874 , Reply# 24   12/4/2010 at 08:41 (3,362 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
As a friend of mine would say

Whoever would pay that much for that NIB Hoover must have splinters in the wind mills of their mind. The real funny thing is they are gonna have to hold onto it for about 100 years before it is worth what they paid for it.......PAT COFFEY

Post# 116881 , Reply# 25   12/4/2010 at 11:09 (3,362 days old) by Ohio_Tuec ()        

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For someone with disposable income, the sky's the limit. It's a nice machine, don't get me wrong, but it's still JUST A CONVERTIBLE! The only machine I could see spending that much on NIB would MAYBE be an Innovation. Just my 2 cents.

Post# 116889 , Reply# 26   12/4/2010 at 12:00 (3,362 days old) by sanimatic ()        

Every case is different. I might be someone that would see this particular vac as more personally valuable.

I mentioned above that we got one of these when I was little. I still remember going with my mother to Community Electric to buy it. I remember that I was appalled when I saw that they had replaced the Hoover badge on the base(as in my avatar) with a little decal. At first sight I wasn't crazy about the larger, more rectangular headlight either.

....I digress. My point is that this particular vac has sentimental value to me more so than just any Convertible might have to others.

As such, I'd pay more for this one than some others. But still not $1300.

Post# 116916 , Reply# 27   12/4/2010 at 17:31 (3,362 days old) by hooverbaby (Dalton in Furness, UK)        
Well at least..

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there was something inside the box!!...or was there, after all there's nothing worse than paying all that money and getting an empty box or a box filled with plates and cups!!?


Post# 116933 , Reply# 28   12/4/2010 at 18:47 (3,362 days old) by vintagecanister ()        
I agree..........

with Chris (Sanimatic) about the sentiment part. This was actually my "first" if you will that made me notice them!

Not to mention, still my FAVORITE color combo with the 1020 behind it.....the Brady Bunch one.

That being said- no matter what my finacial status at any point is, I could and would never pay that. I'd have to be pretty lit to get me to spend $200.00 on it. I could see it happening, but it's going to take a lot of liquid courage for this boy to write that check! =0) My ex called me cheap. I prefer frugal.

Post# 116936 , Reply# 29   12/4/2010 at 18:50 (3,362 days old) by vintagecanister ()        
Oh, and Stephen.........

BTW, great spelling on the name- the GOOD way (lol...), I wondered the same. We never really did see what was in the the box. Make sure you watch the news for some guy who went postal when he opened a box of 27 Dust Buster's.

Post# 116942 , Reply# 30   12/4/2010 at 19:11 (3,362 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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What I want to know is how Alex made the font so large in the title to this thread!

Post# 117094 , Reply# 31   12/5/2010 at 13:25 (3,361 days old) by kirbyklassic80 ()        
I remember when I got one of these....

It was the first hoover convertible, and I saw it in the trash riding my bike. When I brought it home I noticed it said hoover convertible on the headlight. I had no idea what it meant but I loved using that vacuum. And then the flood came and it got destroyed, I almost didn't throw it out but it was beyond repair. Unless I got a new motor, but back then I didn't know how to put it in, nor did I have the money for it.

Post# 117819 , Reply# 32   12/11/2010 at 14:32 (3,355 days old) by djtaylor (Salt Lake City, Utah)        

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Where were the 'super high' bidders when I was trying to sell one of my gold Rainbow D's? Just my luck, 'a day late and a dollar short'. I'm getting to know that one rather a bit too well.

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