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Post# 393406   6/17/2018 at 19:27 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

Shark has lost a 16.3 million dollar law suit with Dyson, I have also heard but cannot confirm that they are filing for bankrupsy, will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Post# 393408 , Reply# 1   6/17/2018 at 19:53 by Kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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If you Google it you will see that dyson slandered shark first and shark sued but got nowhere and then dyson later that same year sued shark for slander and won. The suits started in 2014. I am not supporting or bashing either side. Just stating what I read

Post# 393411 , Reply# 2   6/17/2018 at 20:35 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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Ah the childish games multi-trillion dollar companies play in the continuing pursuit of more money.

Post# 393413 , Reply# 3   6/17/2018 at 20:45 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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This is what happens when you have corporations with overpaid and under-worked legal departments.

Post# 393417 , Reply# 4   6/17/2018 at 22:00 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Same thing happened to Lewyt!

In the early 50s! 353000 was a LOT of money back then too!

Post# 393447 , Reply# 5   6/18/2018 at 00:20 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

WOW!!!BATTLE of the PLASTICRAP vacuums--Stay tuned!!!Maybe both will get cancelled out!!!Hope so!Then we might see LESS of the bagless rage that is going on.

Post# 393451 , Reply# 6   6/18/2018 at 00:35 by myles_v (Fredericksburg, VA)        

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That would be disappointing, Shark makes surprisingly effective vacuums, I own a Powered Lift Away and the amount of dirt it picks up surprises me every time I use it. They're all plasticy junk but they do perform very decently and filter acceptably well. I wouldn't and don't hesitate to recommend them to people looking for a vacuum on a budget, they sure as hell beat any Bissell.

Post# 393492 , Reply# 7   6/18/2018 at 19:46 by rvarley (Oregon)        

Agree with @miles_v. I've own and have used a lot of nice bagged upright and canister vacuums including all the favorites - rainbow, miele and kirby. And I thought Dyson was plastic crap. But I've got to say that my little Dyson V8 gets a lot of use. It is super easy, gets into tight spaces and picks up a ton of debris. I've also heard that sharks are good cleaners.

Post# 393506 , Reply# 8   6/18/2018 at 23:59 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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It's not necessarily the vacuums are bad, it's the company's practices and how they sell them that is aggravating. The "never loses suction" claims, and the "x cleans better than x" and the immense retail markups and so on.

I have a Shark Navigator NV60 SwivelPro, and I love it. For the short time that it worked anyway. I need to fix the slider lever on the lower part of the vacuum body that tells the vacuum when it is upright or not to shut the brushroll off.

Post# 393512 , Reply# 9   6/19/2018 at 07:25 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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If you buy from the infomercial, you have a “lifetime guarantee“ where shark pays shipping both ways. Cleaning ladies will buy one machine and have it replaced by shark every few months. That tremendous cost of warranty work is what is really killing the company. Same thing happened to Fantom and Regina

Post# 393516 , Reply# 10   6/19/2018 at 10:40 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

The real issue with these machines is they are not made well, the quality is just not there. Even if it cleans well, if it doesn't last and you are always dealing with repairs, how well it cleans is meaningless.

Post# 393549 , Reply# 11   6/19/2018 at 21:42 by godfreys_guy (Melbourne, Australia)        
They are not filing for bankruptcy

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The company has been Valued at 1.5 bill USD. They are actually looking and have a number of companies wanting to invest via a shared equity set up.

Post# 393556 , Reply# 12   6/19/2018 at 23:15 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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The thing that I don't like about Shark and it's one thing that I like about Dyson better is Shark doesn't sell replacement parts to ANYONE but to fix it themselves. You can still get simple parts like the filters, hose, accersories, etc. But not major parts like the brushroll, motor, circuit boards, etc. But unlike Dyson, I feel that most Sharks clean better on carpets.

Post# 393559 , Reply# 13   6/20/2018 at 00:51 by henrydreyfuss (Ohio)        

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$16,000,000 is mere pocket change to Shark. Shark has exploded in popularity for two reasons: Aggressive marketing, and because they listened to the feedback of their customers, now sell easily-likable products.

Post# 393590 , Reply# 14   6/20/2018 at 17:04 by cuffs054 (monticello, ga)        

Alls I know is my Shark gets rough treatment and still does a super job on both carpet and with attachments. It's a pleasure to use.

Post# 393892 , Reply# 15   6/26/2018 at 02:37 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp MI)        
Shark is absolute rubbish

Absolutely no parts support, if it craps out a day out of the replacement warranty, you're screwed, unless the vac shop has a bunch of junked trade-ins to steal parts off of.

I do concede that they clean surprisingly well, though, but the center of gravity being as high as it is makes them tiresome to use versus more traditional cleaners.

Post# 393904 , Reply# 16   6/26/2018 at 13:17 by bryan1980 (Texas)        

I'll agree with a couple of the comments above; the Shark we had cleaned better AND outlasted the Dyson (which cost twice as much) we had before it. But the high center of gravity made it awkward to use. That's one thing I like about Kirbys, the majority of the weight is sitting on the floor.

Post# 394522 , Reply# 17   7/8/2018 at 13:56 by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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@speedqueen couldn't agree with you more!

I hope it Dyson Sue's them out of business.

Post# 394575 , Reply# 18   7/9/2018 at 17:06 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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Why is Dyson suing Shark?

Post# 394631 , Reply# 19   7/10/2018 at 11:26 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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Sharks belong in the water.

Post# 394634 , Reply# 20   7/10/2018 at 12:02 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
or on TV in late night infomercials........

I've only ever owned 2 Shark products in my life. One was the Shark Grab N Bag Powered Scooper, given to me as a gag gift. The other was the Shark ST220 Spray Mop with microfiber pads. Not a steam mop, but a spray mop, with a motorized spray pump Like a Swiffer Wet Jet and refillable solution bottle. 8 years later, I'm still impressed with the mop.

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