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The hundred-dollar Kirby Cord
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Post# 151579   9/15/2011 at 17:34 (4,542 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




Wheeeeee doggies!!


(Actually, this really doesn't surprise me, well, I should say, it doesn't surprise me a lot. But I do think this auction sets an all-time eBay record for the highest return on a cord! I just hope the winning bidder comes through and doesn't get a case of "Bidder's Remorse.")


Plenty of collectors have plenty of old machines. What's getting harder and harder to find are original "NOS" consumables -- original bags, cords, woven hoses, etc. 

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Post# 151586 , Reply# 1   9/15/2011 at 20:29 (4,542 days old) by hoover1 ()        

I would give up if I was bidding on that cord. Somebody must really want that power-cord!

Post# 151587 , Reply# 2   9/15/2011 at 20:37 (4,542 days old) by vacman117 (Chicago, IL)        

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I've got that same cord! It kind of makes me want to sell it, but I think I'll wait a few years and see what the value is by then, that's if I don't get the machine that it belongs too....

Post# 151591 , Reply# 3   9/15/2011 at 21:11 (4,542 days old) by Kirbyotronic ()        

I sold one just like it a while back for just a bit more. Mine didn't even have the Kirby logo on it.

Post# 151597 , Reply# 4   9/15/2011 at 21:56 (4,542 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




The funny thing is, that gray and red cord is not all THAT rare. Kirby used the same cord for six years, on models 516 through 561. That's a lot of cords, and while you won't find one every day, they do turn up fairly often.


Now, a really rare cord: The off-white cord with brown plugs that was made for only one model, the 562 or Sanitronic. The other two tan & bronze models, the Sanitronic VII and Sanitronic 50, both had all-bronze cords. Here's a photo of one from, I think, an old eBay listing.

Post# 151611 , Reply# 5   9/16/2011 at 03:29 (4,541 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Seems like that seller was sucking on the machine connector end of that cord while it was plugged in!!EGIP AGAIN!!!

Post# 151617 , Reply# 6   9/16/2011 at 07:01 (4,541 days old) by KirbyLover (Louisville Kentucky )        

I would only even consider paying that much if it was still brand new in the packaging. I would hate to buy a cord and try to clean it and it still looks used...

Post# 151619 , Reply# 7   9/16/2011 at 08:23 (4,541 days old) by Oreck_XL (Brooklyn, New York 11211)        

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I would only pay that much for an original Belden cord that is still supple for the model 505-515. Those and original duvetyne bags from that era are rarer then hen's teeth....

- Hershel

Post# 151625 , Reply# 8   9/16/2011 at 10:19 (4,541 days old) by revooh ()        

buyer wanted the cord. Who are we to question him?

Post# 151627 , Reply# 9   9/16/2011 at 11:56 (4,541 days old) by electrolux~137 ()        




Well, speaking only for myself, I'm not "questioning him." I was just commenting on the auction because it could set a new precedent on the (perceived) value of vintage Kirby cords. Heck, if I needed that style cord and had the money, I wouldn't hesitate to pay it either!


Post# 151628 , Reply# 10   9/16/2011 at 12:33 (4,541 days old) by Sablekid ()        

I have two of those cords, I knew they might be a bit more pricey than the other cords, but not by that margin! I paid that price for the whole cleaner it came with, and its in mint shape! The other one...not so much.

Post# 151689 , Reply# 11   9/16/2011 at 22:05 (4,541 days old) by kenkart ()        
In the words of my Daddy!

Boy...they got more money than sense!!

Post# 152227 , Reply# 12   9/19/2011 at 23:54 (4,537 days old) by Rexair23 ()        

The $100.00 Kirby cord arrived today in excellent condition, and looks great on my grandmothers model 519.....Thanks again Susan....It was a wonderful gift.....

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