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What's the CRAZIEST vacuum deal you have experienced?
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Post# 250532   9/18/2013 at 15:56 (2,823 days old) by parwaz786 ( )        

My top 3:
Dyson DC24 on Gumtree, loss of suction £10!!
Dyson Dc07 All floors I bought at a carboot sale, just needed a clean, worked fine after that, and had a ripped hose- £3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dyson DC01 £5 and a free Bissell easy vac with it too!

Post# 250546 , Reply# 1   9/18/2013 at 16:44 (2,823 days old) by HI-LOswitch98 ()        

Ummm working Dyson DC04 with all accessories for £1. :)

Post# 250547 , Reply# 2   9/18/2013 at 16:46 (2,823 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        
My own top three:

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1) A Sebo Felix for $8 from the Salvation Army that only had one problem -- it was clogged up with (among other things) a child's knitted coin purse!  Also, the wraparound exhaust filter was hanging loosely on the cleaner body rather than being firmly attached.  I cleaned the machine up an out, reattached the filter, and bought some bags for it -- yielding me a perfect cleaner for roughly $22.


2) An Electrolux Oxygen 3 Deepclean (canister only: no hose, attachments, or PN) for $10 also from the Salvation Army that was completely dead.  My friend Tom Rosiek, a local vac shop owner to whom I brought the machine, determined the problem was with the Sumo board -- and fixed the existing board for $25 instead of replacing it altogether.  Since I already had a hose, attachments, and a PN from my TwinClean that also fit on the Oxy3, my total cost for this otherwise perfect condition machine was $35!


3) A Windsor Sensor SR12 upright marked down from $12 to $6 at the now-defunct Project RETAP Thrift Store.  They were going out of business, and were having a 50% off sale the day I found the Sensor.  It just needed a good cleaning, new bags and filters, new brush roll, and some electrical tape in a couple of spots on the cord.  Otherwise, it was (and still is) in beautiful shape!  For those who have read my posts in the past, this machine is my daily driver.


Bill W.

Post# 250556 , Reply# 3   9/18/2013 at 16:53 (2,823 days old) by HI-LOswitch98 ()        

Others to add:

Electrolux THE BOSS Bagged Upright, model Z2270, Perfect Condition, Used Once, £10 off a carboot.

Hoover Turbopower 3, £6 off a carboot, with the Permabag System.

£25 Hoover Jazz off eBay, practically new, only removed out of box, Original Box included. Still awaiting it's arrival.

Post# 250557 , Reply# 4   9/18/2013 at 16:53 (2,823 days old) by TASE (Colorado)        

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I'm hoping it can go both ways. (Insanely expensive to cheap)

At the Mile High Flea market here in Colorado, someone wanted $5000 for a Kirby Classic III this year. I wouldn't even pay 100th that for a Classic III.

Post# 250576 , Reply# 5   9/18/2013 at 19:46 (2,823 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Dirt Room Mate purchased off EBAY UK for £3 WITH P&P. Was listed as being broken only because the belt had broken and needed replacement. Original bonded filter has hardly been used and remains in great condition.

Post# 250578 , Reply# 6   9/18/2013 at 20:25 (2,823 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
The craziest?

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I'd say my rainbow E-2 i paid about 508 in total for a black rainbow. I was honestly quite shocked that i won it at all, as just a day, or two, before i saw a one day auction go from 0 to about 1200.

Other than that i paid $25 for my tristar CXL
$50 for my silver King Blue max 2000 (current model)
$10 for a 2 speed eureka cordaway that has already been serviced.

Post# 250581 , Reply# 7   9/18/2013 at 21:08 (2,823 days old) by man114 (Buffalo NY)        

Rainbow E Series $19.96 at a thrift store like new was my best vac deal.

Post# 250584 , Reply# 8   9/18/2013 at 21:45 (2,823 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Probably my 1983 Kenmore Let's Clean canister vacuum. Paid $5 and came with the storage tub, hose, wands, all attachments and even the manual! Great condition too.

Then an Electrolux Grand Marquis, good hose, wands, PN, all attachments and Sidekick for $10. Just needed some cleaning.

And a Penncrest Hoover Constellation for $3. Not so great condition but runs fine and I wanted a Constellation and happened to find it.

Post# 250585 , Reply# 9   9/18/2013 at 21:56 (2,823 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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My best deal was an Electrolux Genesis upright complete with tools and Aerus bags for $14. is great place to find cheap high-end vacuums. Prices seem to be increasing these days,  but still significantly cheaper than eBay.

Post# 250587 , Reply# 10   9/18/2013 at 22:35 (2,823 days old) by adambomb (Undisclosed )        

I traded a Kirby Legend II for a Kirby Sentria once with Rob Gwisdala.

Post# 250599 , Reply# 11   9/18/2013 at 23:26 (2,823 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        
Gifted ones!!

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My Eureka 1784B in fantastic condition was marked $5 at a yard sale. I took it to the table and with out my even saying anything they gave it to me for $3, but I bought a few other things from that same yard sale.

However, the absolute greatest deals are those gifted by others. I highly appreciate the generosity of Bill Wood for the Hoover Celebrity II Elite S3061-030 canister and John Long for the Hoover Windtunnel S3630 bagged canister! The gifting generosity is the best deal and most appreciated!!!

Post# 250603 , Reply# 12   9/19/2013 at 00:02 (2,823 days old) by vacuumman206 ()        

best deal was the winning bid of 99 cents and $34 shipping for my innovation.
next would probably be a deal I got on a kirby classic omega,incomplete III, 515, G5, and 3 mid-90's royals for $100. Cleaned them all up and made double my money back selling the classics, my beat up G5 and the cheapest Royal, leaving me with the other machines I liked/wanted.
Worst deal?
Was my fault, I offered a guy $75 for a Rainbow D3 that came with wands, the 2 hoses, near new pn but the machine's housing and dolly were busted up from it falling down his stairs. At that time I was young and naive and really wanted a D3. I still use it but every once in a while I have to reglue or invent a new mounting method for the latch that busted off in the fall.

Post# 250611 , Reply# 13   9/19/2013 at 00:59 (2,823 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        

My Junior 119 with all bits and bobs for £25 from the carboot

The DC24 I mentioned a while back? Well the motor is dead so I broke it for spares. Paid £20. Already £60 up from selling the brushroll and hose/tools. Must pit some more bits on eBay

Our Miele S5. Came from the side of the road with a blown thermal fuse. Stripdown, resolder the fuse back together, full spa day and £10 on a service box and it's our daily vac still!

Post# 250613 , Reply# 14   9/19/2013 at 02:20 (2,823 days old) by parwaz786 ( )        

Awesome finds Guys! Well done

Post# 250636 , Reply# 15   9/19/2013 at 12:49 (2,822 days old) by dysondestijl (east midlands, UK)        

Free Miele S4 with the hose, wand and floor brush
Free dyson DC04 absolute+ with 2 original tools and everything else original
Dyson DC01 DeStijl with all tools and in immaculate condition £12
Another DC01 DeStijl for £5
1970 hoover junior dirtsearcher 1354A £3
Filter queen majestic £20 with hose, wand and working Power nozzle
Free Kirby heritage
Free Kirby tradition
Free Electrolux twinturbo
Free hoover turbopower 3 autosense permabag
Hoover turbopower 1 almost TOL all tools £10
Hoover turbopower 2 autosense £4
Free dyson DC25 in immaculate condition
1980 numatic NV-250 with the original floor head £1 (yes only £1- not a typo of £10)
Free Numatic Henry
Numatic Henry £10 off eBay
Various other free dyson DC01s
Free Electrolux 185 with original tools from a lux 345
Lux 156 £15
Hoover aria £5
2x hoover compacts £10
Free Siemens super
Electrolux Z302 £2
Hoover hurricane £4
Free bissel magic broom
Free hoover dustette and a £3 one
Free vax performance zero
Free Truvox ReddyVac
Free Mastervac
Electrolux T8 £5 ex-display
Free Electrolux cyclone power
2x free Electrolux ZA65s with tools and one with original box
Free vax thing
Free hoover PurePower X2
Free Schneider
Moulinex vacuum £1
Another moulinex £2
Free Vacleansa ProClean
Free goblin aqua vac super 30
2x free silver and lime dyson DC04's
Electrolux masterlux £5
Free earlex combivac
Free dyson DC07 in green
Free dyson DC07 in blue
Free dyson DC07 origin
Free dyson DC07 animal
Loads of expensive dyson parts for 50p each
Electrolux 612 electronic £8.25
Electrolux superbroom £4
Electrolux powerlite £10
Dirt devil handy £3
Dirt devil handy with tools £5
Vintage-ish Bissel carpet cleaner in original box £3
Free bissel easyvac
Dyson dc02 DeStijl £3
Dyson DC01 absolute+ £7
Dirt devil rascal 2 brand new In box £2

I did get all of these I'm not just writing them for the sake of it!!

Post# 250639 , Reply# 16   9/19/2013 at 14:04 (2,822 days old) by parwaz786 ( )        

WOW George! If I had all those, the best would be the DC25 :D:D:D:D:D:D
PS I might get a blown up dc07 allergy green and purple for £25, comes with a brand new cyclone, bin, soleplate, and dusting brush as a bonus all for £25! does have a cracked body so the wand dont hold in place but am gonna get a new body hopefully, I got the motors so yah :D

Post# 250663 , Reply# 17   9/19/2013 at 17:06 (2,822 days old) by gusherb (Chicagoland)        
My best deal so far was...

My Green, mint condition 1980 Concept One PowerDrive for 5 dollars. It was layered in dirt and needed belts but that dirt preserved it's fresh mintyness.

It's my favorite in my collection and I'm in the market for "one or two more". hahaha.

Post# 250672 , Reply# 18   9/19/2013 at 19:31 (2,822 days old) by mr_mom (pittsburgh (PA))        

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my best deals was my Kenmore heavy duty twin fan for $10 at the flea market I was talking to the guy and I told him that I was looking for a Kirby and he told me he had one in storage and I ask him how much was he selling it for he said $20 he didn't have it with him I asked him if he could bring it next Sunday since I always go to the flea market on Sundays he said yes so next sunday comes and there it was a G6 2000 with all the tools the caddy and the shampooer looked it over very good it works all i needed to get was a cord for it didn't hook on the handle but good as new

Post# 250676 , Reply# 19   9/19/2013 at 19:53 (2,822 days old) by VacuumSalesman (Berlin Heights)        
The Best and The Craziest

Mom calls me on my phone and tells me her friend gave me a barely used Kenmore Quickclean and an hour later after vacuuming my house my grandma came over and I told her that i got a new vacuum and she said to check the trunk because there was 3 in there that her friend wanted me to have. They were a Hoover Elite, Eureka Airspeed with a jammed motor, and a Hoover Tempo. 0 vacuums in one day, all for free.

Post# 250757 , Reply# 20   9/20/2013 at 17:10 (2,821 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        

Parwaz- Only paya fiver surely? Broken body makes it scrap, broken motor makes it even worse than scrap! drive a deal!

Post# 250790 , Reply# 21   9/21/2013 at 02:58 (2,821 days old) by Ultimatevacman ( Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Lux Dolphin - £6!!

Post# 250791 , Reply# 22   9/21/2013 at 04:22 (2,821 days old) by parwaz786 ( )        

Sam- Yes I know but It comes with a brand new cyclone, bin, Soleplate All original + a brand new silver dusting brush, and I got some motors, especially DC07 ones :) so that is what tempts me, but all I need to buy is a Body which I found for £10 on eBay, all that, and a clean up and I got a new looking Dyson :)

Post# 250806 , Reply# 23   9/21/2013 at 11:06 (2,820 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        

Fair enough, sounds like a good source of parts then!

Post# 250821 , Reply# 24   9/21/2013 at 13:12 (2,820 days old) by parwaz786 ( )        

Thanks :D Hopefully it won't get sold as I am hoping my Parents let me buy it for my 15th Birthday in November- I love the colours

Post# 250824 , Reply# 25   9/21/2013 at 13:49 (2,820 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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The best deal I ever got on a vacuum was my Monster Wap turbo d, New it retails for $ 3500.00 I bought it for $90.00

It is in perfect working order. I am now setting it up as a central vacuum in my workshop.

Post# 318880 , Reply# 26   3/20/2015 at 17:38 (2,275 days old) by parwaz786 ( )        

Dyson DC40 Multi floor complete for £15!

Post# 442116 , Reply# 27   5/22/2021 at 20:18 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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Just walked out of Goodwill with a Tristar EXL complete with powernozzle and looks to be used very little - for $11.99. I was scared someone might recognize it on the way out and I'd get mugged for it. lol

I also had a bagless Kenmore vac on that same trip that I had no idea was 75% off until I looked at the receipt at home - only cost $1.50! I got it because I have absolutely no Kenmore brand vacs in my collection other thsn one I imported across the Canadian border a few years ago.

Post# 442117 , Reply# 28   5/22/2021 at 20:25 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst Canada NB)        

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my free 0 $ Tristar CXL 50 th anniversary edition yes 0 all the tools .
did have to replace the pn but hey ill take her .

Post# 442120 , Reply# 29   5/22/2021 at 21:31 by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Gotten a few decent deals, but my favorite was a G3 and 1cr Kirby for $2 a piece from ReStore before it got more expensive.
Well, those and something I will hopefully have coming up in a few weeks!

Post# 442124 , Reply# 30   5/22/2021 at 23:03 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Electrolux Grand Marquis nearly complete for $10 at Habitat.

Kenmore Let's Clean canister vac complete with manual - $5 at Habitat.

Hoover Slimline - $1.50 at another thrift shop as it was half price day - after passing up same vac for $8 at an estate sale

Penncrest Canister (Hoover Constellation rebadge) - $3 at a retirement community sale

Kenmore Cleaning System - $5 at estate sale nearby

Oh and practically mint Kenmore Progressive bagged upright (top model with direct drive, multi speed, inteli-clean, etc) $10 at Habitat. Just had a clog in the hose and a few minor scratches, nearly mint otherwise.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO fan-of-fans's LINK

Post# 442133 , Reply# 31   5/23/2021 at 11:51 by compuvac (Kekistan)        

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A brand new open box Cleanfix S10 for 40 euros.

A free Hoover Aquamaster S4470 with hose, crevice tool, dusting brush, carpet extraction head, solution tank and siphon tube!.

Post# 442159 , Reply# 32   5/24/2021 at 10:07 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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A few that come immediately to mind are:

-Kirby G6 $0, dumpster find, needed a bag and a belt. I later found a set of G6 tools to go with it at a nearby thrift shop for $4 on half-price day. I like to think I reunited them.

-Royal Prince 501 handheld $2.99 at the same thrift shop where I got the Kirby tools. Perfect shape except for a load of dog hair in the bag.

-Electrolux Diamond J $10 with generic hose and PN5 power nozzle in near perfect shape.

-Electrolux Discovery II upright $0 curb find with hose. Almost like new.

-Electrolux Epic 3500 upright $3 at Goodwill in near perfect condition.

Post# 442190 , Reply# 33   5/24/2021 at 22:00 by adiosToreador (Fredonia, NY)        

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My best deal was probably my Kirby G3 and Diamond Edition. I found them for sale on Facebook market place and they looked in good shape but the pictures were only of the vacuums, I messaged the guy and told him Iíd take both cause he was selling them for $50 each. I showed up and was super stoked to see that he had the original boxes, paper work and attachments! On top of that they looked a lot better in person and much like any Kirby, cause they are built like tanks, still ran like it was brand new! Another good deal I got was also on market place it was a Kirby Avalir2 with attachments and shampoo system for $150 the lady that owned it had moved to a new house that mainly had hardwood floors and a central vacuum so she didnít see the point of keeping it, which I get, I figured $150 was pretty cheap for the current running system!

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Post# 442192 , Reply# 34   5/24/2021 at 22:12 by myvacsrock (USA)        
Best deal..

$1 for this guy

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Post# 442284 , Reply# 35   5/27/2021 at 04:20 by Adam-aussie-vac ( Canberra, Australia )        
OMG is that the original Hoover model 0?

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Iíve always wondered what kind of motors they use in these

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