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Panasonic uprights on Walmart
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Post# 211506   12/28/2012 at 18:05 (2,752 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I just stumbled across these Panasonics on Walmart.com while checking out a link. They look very '90s. I especially like the green one, it looks like a red Kenmore from the mid-90s that I used to have. The red one looks like a bagged version of the Kenmore bagless my mother owns.

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Post# 211530 , Reply# 1   12/28/2012 at 21:02 (2,752 days old) by vacu-finder ()        
Panasonics on Walmart.com

That absolutley Infuriates me.....The Panasonic line is good, but why are they selling at Wally-Mart. There is no way the Independent dealers can out sell them at those prices. The commercial unit is like $189.00. THe mark-up is low at the that rate.

Like I said and I'll say it agian the Mom/Pop retailers are going to the way side. The only thing that will keep the small guy alive is doing Built-In Vacs.


Post# 211548 , Reply# 2   12/28/2012 at 22:08 (2,752 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
Check this out Vau-finder

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If seeing Panasonics on Wal-Mart's website makes you upset, then how does seeing Sebo's on Wally World website make you feel. Oh keep searching their site. They have Shark, Panasonic, Oreck, Dyson, Sebo, Hoover, Metropolitan, Eureka, Hoover, Dirt Devil. They have quite a bit!! Amazing isn't it. See and we wonder why quality is dropping on everything!!

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Post# 211551 , Reply# 3   12/28/2012 at 22:13 (2,752 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
Or check this out!!!

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Hahhaa. Look under the bagless upright section of WalMart.com. There's a lot of vacuums their that are not bagless and that you would NOT expect to see on Walmart website!!!

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Post# 211590 , Reply# 4   12/29/2012 at 06:58 (2,751 days old) by dysondestijl (east midlands, UK)        

Wow, vacuums are cheap in the us

Post# 211696 , Reply# 5   12/29/2012 at 22:14 (2,751 days old) by vacu-finder ()        
Durango159

I see and get the point. One of my best jobs ever was working in a Vacuum Store.
Had fun with customers, enjoyed repairing Vacs, selling Vacs, accesories and so forth. The day was never, NEVER, EVER BORING......aN 8 HOUR DAY was like a short walk in the park. Some people think that why Vacuums. What other Appliance can you have so much fun with.
The job never paid much, but most days were a riot.!!!!!!!!


Post# 211727 , Reply# 6   12/30/2012 at 01:06 (2,751 days old) by gmerkt (Edmonds WA)        

The reason Walmart can sell those Panasonics so inexpensively is because they are made in China. They outwardly resemble the 1990's metal handle Panasonics made by Matsushita USA, but they are not copies. They are much more simply made. The floor nozzle especially. No handle release pedal, just a spring and detent that you push away with your foot. For the price, they are pretty good machines but nothing like a Japanese or USA-made Panasonic. In my opinion, it's better than a low-end Chinese Dirt Devil or Bissell.

Below is a picture of a Chinese Panasonic model MC-UG 383 02, similar to the $89 model in the Walmart ad. Sometimes people who buy refurbed vacs from me give me their duds and that's how I came by this one. I replaced the broken belt, cleaned it up, installed a new bag and it's ready to go out again. Somebody with the "I want to buy something lightweight" story will buy it.


Post# 212236 , Reply# 7   1/2/2013 at 18:09 (2,747 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I looked at some of those higher end uprights on Walmart.com and noticed that some of them are being sold by a company other than Walmart. I don't understand why they are on Walmart's web site though. Sears does the same thing.

Gary, that Panasonic in your photo looks a lot like the red Kenmore I used to have. The 1990s ones actually did lack a foot pedal as well, and just had that pad as the new ones do. I thought it was a cheap release design but it worked alright.
I don't doubt that the motors in the new ones are way cheaper than the older ones had.





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