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Post# 384858   1/26/2018 at 07:20 (298 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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Why was a Kirby G5 labeled as an "antique"? It's not THAT old.

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Post# 384861 , Reply# 1   1/26/2018 at 07:59 (298 days old) by Bvac6 (Fort Wayne, Indiana)        

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If that's an Ebay link it was probably done to get more exposure whenever anyone searched antique vacuum or the like.

Post# 384865 , Reply# 2   1/26/2018 at 10:37 (298 days old) by jade_angel (Newport News, VA)        

That is rich... I'd balk at even a Legend II being called "vintage"! (It's just about 30 years old, but to me it's more like on the old side of modern.)

Post# 384866 , Reply# 3   1/26/2018 at 10:58 (298 days old) by FCS3 (Hawaii)        
I agree with Robert (bvac6)

The words one selects for listing titles become
the search tags used by search engines to target
certain pages.
Choose the most popular search words to gain the
most traffic to your page.

Post# 384898 , Reply# 4   1/27/2018 at 01:03 (297 days old) by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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Yeah nothing to write home about here, just someone exploiting the search terms. They figure someone looking for an old Kirby might fall for buying the new Kirby thinking it's old.

Post# 384913 , Reply# 5   1/27/2018 at 10:39 (297 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
It's all subjective...

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Words like 'antique' and 'vintage' mean different things to different people--and sometimes to different groups. One could even make the argument that we here at Vacuumland might be unwittingly contributing to that misperception. Someone perusing these boards for information on their G3 would see that we use 20 years as the dividing line between 'vintage' and 'contemporary' vacuum cleaners and thus deduce that their G3 might be 'antique', but it's really just an arbitrary distinction. My Kirby G5, which was made in 1997, qualifies as 'vintage', but my G6, which is two years newer but basically the same machine with a different color scheme is still 'contemporary'. What will be even more hilarious is next year my 1999 model Gsix would be considered 'vintage' but my other one, a "2001 Limited Edition", would still be 'contemporary'. To be clear, I'm not trying to start any flame wars here, just pointing out a bit of irony.

Post# 384915 , Reply# 6   1/27/2018 at 10:53 (297 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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Here's what I think they should be classified as.

Contemporary - 15 years old or newer
Classic - 25 years old to 15 years old
Vintage - 25 years old to 55 years old
Antique - 55 years old or older

Post# 384917 , Reply# 7   1/27/2018 at 11:15 (297 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I see that on eBay a lot. Sometimes I think it's just due to the seller not knowing how old the item is. For example, I see newer chrome Sunbeam Mixmasters made in China listed as vintage, when they're probably after 2000 made.

Sometimes modern all metal fans will also be listed as antique or vintage. Again, not sure if the seller just thinks it's old or they want to broaden their search audience.

Post# 384921 , Reply# 8   1/27/2018 at 11:58 (297 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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@crazykirbydude: I like your four categories.

Post# 384975 , Reply# 9   1/28/2018 at 12:50 (296 days old) by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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Speaking from experience at work, s a lot of people see something like a Kirby or Royal and automatically assume its much older than it is. Lots of people will think of the vacuum isle at Wal-Mart when they think of new vacuums, not realizing there are a variety of designs made. I've had people walk into the store and not realize bagged vacuums were still made! 

Post# 384995 , Reply# 10   1/28/2018 at 18:16 (296 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

We batted this around in here last year...the use of terms. To me 'antique' is 75 yrs or older. When I was a kid it was 100yrs or older. Dropping it now to 55yrs is not something I'd like to see or be a part of.......


eBay sellers are notorious for misrepresenting item descriptions. They ought to be publicly caned for their use of 'minty', 'perfect', 'excellent', 'like new' etc.



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