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Post# 146552   8/10/2011 at 20:32 (4,582 days old) by rickenbacker ()        

I hope this beaut goes to a good home! I would buy it myself without hesitation if I had the money but unfortunately, I'm a bit skint at the moment. Also, my mum wouldn't let me buy "Another Hoover" :P

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Post# 146619 , Reply# 1   8/11/2011 at 13:54 (4,581 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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OH MY GOD!
I would've died if I had seen that sooner!! I wonder who snapped it up? I imagine somebody has offered the seller a fair bit for that hence why it ended early. I remember seeing a few of these around when I was a kid, but I haven't seen one in well over 10 years or so now.


Post# 146621 , Reply# 2   8/11/2011 at 14:16 (4,581 days old) by SuctionSelector (Leeds, England)        
Nan had one

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I'm a new member but all I can say at the moment is 1. Wow its cheap and 2. My nan had one.

Jacob


Post# 146622 , Reply# 3   8/11/2011 at 14:17 (4,581 days old) by SuctionSelector (Leeds, England)        
Nan had one

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I'm a new member but all I can say at the moment is 1. Wow its cheap and 2. My nan had one.

Jacob


Post# 146629 , Reply# 4   8/11/2011 at 14:46 (4,581 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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^your nan was a lucky woman with very clean carpets in that case :P

Post# 146650 , Reply# 5   8/11/2011 at 17:30 (4,581 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        
It was me, y'all!

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I hate to be a braggart, but I'm the lucky bloke who snagged that Hitachi!  I just paid for it a few minutes ago, and sometime in the next few days it'll go on its way from the seller in Luton to my mail forwarder in Dover -- ultimately ending up here in Buffalo about a week after it arrives in Dover.

 

Can't wait to add it to my Eurovac collection!


Post# 146786 , Reply# 6   8/12/2011 at 07:50 (4,580 days old) by SuctionSelector (Leeds, England)        
Yes she did!

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Turbo500: She did. I remember seeing her use it. Replaced it in 2003 I think with a DCO3 Absolute. She still has it in the garage, though she now has a compact cylinder 'cos she can't lift them any more.

tazcatsdad: You lucky thing.

Jacob


Post# 146795 , Reply# 7   8/12/2011 at 08:59 (4,580 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Is it bad that I am incredibly annoyed that this cleaner left the UK? Call me an arsehole, but I know of a lot of UK collectors who would've killed for this. Its been well over 10 years since we've seen one if these available, its rather annoying to see it leave the country

Post# 146802 , Reply# 8   8/12/2011 at 10:22 (4,580 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

I don't think it's a bad thing that the Hitachi is leaving the UK, after all, people like myself have bought imported vacuum cleaners and parts from the US, simply because I cannot get them here or are horrifically rare to the point that only those with a lot of money can buy them... :)

And I think it's also a case of "First come, First served", there was a chance to buy it, but it was missed (though I understand that you cannot buy what you don't know is there)... :)

Heck, I've seen things I wanted to buy go for ridiculously low prices, and I missed out, but I don't feel angry or upset because of that... :)


Post# 146808 , Reply# 9   8/12/2011 at 11:18 (4,580 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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I'm not. I'm annoyed at the fact that such a rare British machine was snapped up without any of the UK collectors having a chance due to the listing time. I'm not even annoyed because I wanted it - I wouldn't have the room anyway. I've spoken to various collectors about this machine who would've all killed for this, but instead its gone to someone who I imagine knows very little about the machine or its history. I'm annoyed on behalf of all the UK guys who wanted this. If this was the other way around - a super rare US machine going to the UK - there would be absolute uproar.

Post# 146810 , Reply# 10   8/12/2011 at 11:25 (4,580 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

I wouldn't put so much thought into it, like I said earlier, it's first come first serve, and you can't change that, I'm sure many British collectors like yourself are kicking themselves about losing it, but, that's just the way it goes, all you can do is hope to find another... :)

Post# 146992 , Reply# 11   8/13/2011 at 23:18 (4,579 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        
Turbo500,

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I'm starting to feel sorry that I "owned up" to being the buyer!  FYI I'm aware of the fact that this is a historically significant machine -- I've been collecting vacuum cleaners since I was a youngster, and I'm in my late 40's now.  Needless to say, I've done quite a bit of research on the machines I have and/or am interested in collecting.

 

What you may not be aware of, however, is that Hitachi never - and I do mean NEVER - sold any of their vacuums here in the USA.  For myself, I am interested in collecting rare machines that other American collectors don't have -- hence my interest in the Hitachi in the first place.  And it is also the reason that the better majority of my collection these days includes more European models than domestic (US or Canadian made) ones ... such as my Electrolux Contour Flexihead Z1501, my Electrolux Ingenio Z2570, my two Hoover Turbopowers (U2332 and U2194), my Hoover Junior Deluxe U2068, my other Hitachi upright (CV-785DC), and BOTH of my Dysons (DC07 All Floors and DC11 All Floors Telescope -- which might I add were cheaper to buy on eBay UK and import to the 'States through my mail forwarder in Dover than they would have been to buy in the High Street shops here!)

 

Might I also add that as successful as I was in winning the auction for this Hitachi, I too have had my share of disappointments!  For example, within the past week somebody beat me out of an Electrolux Excellio (that I REALLY wanted BADLY 'cause they're so darned hard to come by) on eBay UK -- outbidding me by one lousy pound!  There was also a Moulinex Major that I wanted some time ago: that went for more than I was willing to spend as well.  And there are tonnes of other machines that I could name which have evaded me -- both on eBay UK and eBay US -- but rather than being bitter about it I've just moved on and looked for something else.

 

So I ask you to please not be so upset and keep on searching, okay?  And best of luck to you!  Smile


Post# 146995 , Reply# 12   8/13/2011 at 23:25 (4,579 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        
BTW

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The auction ended early because it was a Buy It Now (at £10) or Best Offer.  I made the seller a reasonable offer and he accepted it, so it ended when he accepted my offer.  Hope this clarifies what happened.


Post# 147031 , Reply# 13   8/14/2011 at 07:50 (4,578 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

I don't think you need to explain your reasoning behind buying the vac, nor announce you bought it until you get it or whatever, if you won the bid or they accepted your offer, then it's yours and yours only... :)

I didn't announce I was planning to buying my D80 until after I had paid for it, before I kept it a secret (only myself and one other person knew) because it's something I have wanted in a long time, yes I may have deprived an american collector of what is the Marmite of Kirbys, but, it's mine, it's rare in the UK, and I'm happy to have bought it... :)


Post# 147032 , Reply# 14   8/14/2011 at 08:39 (4,578 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
So I ask you to please not be so upset and keep on searching

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and how on earth am I expected to do that when these machines are snapped up by people in other countries?

As previously stated, I am not annoyed for me. I am annoyed on behalf of every other British collector out there who wanted this.

Yes, I am glad that this has gone to another collector, but what is going to happen the day you decide to get rid of your collection, or the day that your no longer able to collect them? Nobody in the states will want that machine because it has no significance to anybody there, so it'll end up at the dump. Sorry to be so blunt about it, but it's true. A machine as rare as that and as significant as that AND of such importance to collectors in it's home country should have stayed here. And whoever your friend in Dover is, if they know anything about vacuums, needs their head testing for allowing it to leave.


Post# 147033 , Reply# 15   8/14/2011 at 08:48 (4,578 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
and furthermore...

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What does the fact that Hitachi never sold vacuums in the US have to do with anything? Kenmore never sold vacuums in the UK, but doesn't mean I'm going to go looking for one.

As said earlier, if this was a super rare US machine going on import to the UK, there would be absolute uproar. 1 rule for 1, 1 rule for another...I guess some things never change!


Post# 147037 , Reply# 16   8/14/2011 at 09:54 (4,578 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

I think this is a case of crying over spilled milk, I'm sorry but there's absolutely no reason to fly off the handle for this, it's just a bloody vacuum cleaner!!! I don't get annoyed if I'm outbid on something rare and then complain about it in public, I just say "oh well" and get on with my life...

Post# 147047 , Reply# 17   8/14/2011 at 11:25 (4,578 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
it's just a bloody vacuum cleaner

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....now there's a statement I never thought I'd hear on a vacuum cleaner collectors forum.

Sorry to be an ass about it, but it's just how I feel and I know I'm not the only one


Post# 147048 , Reply# 18   8/14/2011 at 11:41 (4,578 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Well, at the end of the day, it IS just a vacuum cleaner, regardless of make, model age and rarity, someone else has bought it so just get over it...

Post# 147067 , Reply# 19   8/14/2011 at 13:35 (4,578 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
someone else has bought it so just get over it...

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You're completely not listening to anything I'm saying, are you?

For the THIRD time - I'm not annoyed because I wanted it. I am annoyed that it's leaving the country, when so many British collectors wanted and deserved it. If you'd actually read anything I'd said, you'd know that.

Also, if you don't like what I'm saying, don't read it. I've expressed an opinion, and I'm sorry, but it's tough if you don't like it.


Post# 147087 , Reply# 20   8/14/2011 at 15:03 (4,578 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

I think you're just over reacting, I'm sure that there have been many thousands of vacuums leave the UK destined for the US bought by US collectors, this is just one of many, you had a chance to buy it, you missed the chance, and now it's leaving to start a new life in the US, with someone who will no doubt cherish it for as long as they have it...

Think of this as a life lesson, cos life's a bitch...


Post# 147133 , Reply# 21   8/14/2011 at 19:41 (4,578 days old) by thevacuumman (Borger, TX)        

Hell i didn't complain when i sent my Hoover 63 back to Germany with my cousin who always showed interest in it when he visited

Post# 147166 , Reply# 22   8/15/2011 at 00:29 (4,578 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

Collectors, collectibles, and liquid capital do not know any borders. They just move around and a dotted line on a paper map means nothing. At one time when the US dollar was king, collectible cars were leaving Europe in droves. Now, the flow is back the other direction with Germans and Russians snapping up fancy collector cars at US auctions. And of course removing them to their home countries.

How about this one? People have been spiriting antiquities out of Egypt for thousands of years! It's still happening. During the recent unrest in Egypt, stuff disappeared from museums.

This Hitachi was listed on an online auction site with a buy-it-now price or make offer; did I read the details correctly? If so, why did not one of you Brits who are offended buy it? A buy-it-now can be bought any time, can it not, so auction time wasn't an issue was it? I don't see the disadvantage issue here.

The north American buyer certainly is going to pay well for this, in spite of the relatively low sale price. His cost of shipment is going to be significant. This fact should give him some standing as a buyer of some serious and abiding interest. Oh, the part about "what happens to it when he dies." You cannot be serious. A Hitachi vacuum cleaner isn't quite an national treasure objet d'art.

At one time, Hitachi was the brand of preference for me when I was in the market for electrical or electronic goods. I've had Hitachi TV's, radios, (still have one), refrigerator, fan, electric power tools and I don't remember what-all. Unfortunately, I haven't had the experience of using one of their vacuum cleaners but if it's like the stuff they used to make (in Japan), it's probably good.


Post# 147200 , Reply# 23   8/15/2011 at 09:35 (4,577 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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That's my point. We DIDN'T have a chance. The action began at 9.30am when most of us are at work. By the time I got home and found that Charlie had sent me the link, it had been snapped up. Regardless of the above comments, I am still annoyed. I still stand by my feelings that this should rightfully stay in the UK and still don't believe any of the UK fans were given a fair shot at this.

Post# 147215 , Reply# 24   8/15/2011 at 11:30 (4,577 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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That's my point. We DIDN'T have a chance. The action began at 9.30am when most of us are at work. By the time I got home and found that Charlie had sent me the link, it had been snapped up. Regardless of the above comments, I am still annoyed. I still stand by my feelings that this should rightfully stay in the UK and still don't believe any of the UK fans were given a fair shot at this.

Post# 147220 , Reply# 25   8/15/2011 at 11:56 (4,577 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
Actually ....

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Chris

At least one UK collector did get a crack at this, and that was me. I looked at it, but as it was not a "must have" for me I decided to watch it whilst I made up my mind if I could make room for it - as this is a constant problem for me with getting on for 200 cleaners in my small home.

It was certainly cheap enough and close enough that I could even have collected it.

When I looked back at it a couple of hours later it was sold, and not at the buy it now, although, in fact, I am not entirely sure that this was not the second time round for this machine anyway.

That the seller accepted the offer was their choice and at least they were open about their willingness to accept offers - how often have you been watching an item and suddenly it ends for no reason at all, long before the end of the auction.

This machine is going to end up where it will be appreciated, it could have so easily have gone to the dump instead. And, one thing that 10 years of ebaying has told me is that there are VERY VERY few cleaners that do not come up again at some time or another, so if you miss one (as I have, more than once) there will be more.

Al


Post# 147221 , Reply# 26   8/15/2011 at 11:57 (4,577 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London)        
And a message for Bill

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Bill,

I sincerley hope that the machine arrives safely and in good condition and that you have many years of good health to enjoy it.

Al

PS I think it was me won the Moulinex Major


Post# 147311 , Reply# 27   8/15/2011 at 23:48 (4,577 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        

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Thank you, Al.

Post# 147316 , Reply# 28   8/16/2011 at 00:22 (4,577 days old) by rickenbacker ()        

I gotta say Chris, as your friend, It's fine asking what would happen to the vac when Bill dies however, that's the same with every other collector, regardless of where they're from. To us, such a rare specimen as this Hitachi is like gold! to the rest of the world, it's just an old vacuum cleaner and unfortunately, it will almost inevitably end up in a landfill. I understand how you're upset as this same kinda thing has happened to me before, bidding on rare Numatic machines only for them to go to kids caught up in a passing fad :P but, shit happens. I think Ryan Campbell was bidding on the Numatic David that I eventually won, which while ever I feel terrible about, he and I agree, it's only fair and being the great guy Ryan is, he didn't get too annoyed :)What I'm saying is, vacs come and go, there are thousands in the world plus, I know you of old, if you saw that vac in a shop you wouldn't buy it, ya tight git lol.

Bill, Enjoy your Hitachi, I hope it gives you a good taste of what floorcare was like for us in the 80s :P


Post# 147343 , Reply# 29   8/16/2011 at 11:11 (4,576 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

If you want to kick yourself in the backside, take a look at some of the auction results from this place in Burnley last week, the two I spotted were listed as Lot 11 - "Vintage vacuum cleaner", and Lot 47 - "Vintage Hoover Junior Vacuum Cleaner", I'll let you look at what they sold for, rather than spoiling it:



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Post# 147344 , Reply# 30   8/16/2011 at 11:13 (4,576 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

Oh, and Lot 270, take a look at that one!!!

Post# 147373 , Reply# 31   8/16/2011 at 15:08 (4,576 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        

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Thanks, Charlie.


Post# 147374 , Reply# 32   8/16/2011 at 15:39 (4,576 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
It's fine asking what would happen to the vac when Bill

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..WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAHHH WOAH WOAH WOAH I did NOT say that and certainly didn't mean to imply it! I actually meant if Bill moves house, or space becomes an issue etc etc..

Anyway, I still stand by my annoyance. It wasn't that much of a major annoyance to begin with, although I see it may have been taken that way due to my frustration at having to repeat everything.

I still feel it should have stayed here, but hey, I guess I should be thankful it's at least gone to someone who will look after it.



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