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What's Going On With Simplicity?
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Post# 407599   4/4/2019 at 12:58 (368 days old) by DE409 (MD)        

The last two Simplicity dealers I have visited no longer have much inventory and have switched to Riccar. I wanted to see the new Synergy models and they stated they couldn't get them and Riccar was phasing out Simplicity. One even told me that they were going to start making Simplicity in China and selling them as a lower-cost website-only model?

Is this true? I just really liked the colors of the new Synergy and was considering upgrading our 6-year old X9 to either the new red or gray one.

The Riccar color this year looks like vomit IMO. Sort of a purplish-pink.

Post# 407601 , Reply# 1   4/4/2019 at 13:21 (368 days old) by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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That sounds about right from what I was hearing at the VDTA .
They're trying to consolidate products and make the individual brands stand out.

Think of it how GM is no longer selling Pontiac but now focuses on Chevy and Cadillac. Why sell the same thing with four different names on it?

I would say the high-end Simplicity's would now be even more desirable to add to a collection.

Post# 407603 , Reply# 2   4/4/2019 at 13:38 (368 days old) by DE409 (MD)        

Right, I am just wondering if I have to order from the website and pay retail, or will a vac store still be able to get one?

Also will bags interchange and filters?

Post# 407648 , Reply# 3   4/5/2019 at 11:12 (367 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
makes sense

In a way it makes sense. To have the exact same product only with a different color and brand on it seems redundant. I wonder if the Simplicity Wonder will be discontinued and only the Riccar Prima will remain?

Post# 407655 , Reply# 4   4/5/2019 at 16:59 (367 days old) by bisonian (Where the buffalo roamed! (Ocala, FL))        
Tacony Press Release

Simplicity's going to the big-box stores.


Post# 407670 , Reply# 5   4/5/2019 at 20:31 (367 days old) by georgect (Fairfield, Connecticut)        
Discounted Simplicity...

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On the Riccar web site the TOL Prima Power Team With Premium Tandem Air Nozzle go for $1399.99

The TOL Simplicity (same Wonder Premium Canister with Tandem Air Nozzle) retails for $1399.95 but discounted to $1199.99.

Why the difference on price for the same vacuum?

Post# 407681 , Reply# 6   4/6/2019 at 01:50 (366 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

There goes Simplicity---stooping down to the BB stores.Guess the vac place near me will change to Riccar?I HATED seeing Tacony doing this.

Post# 407687 , Reply# 7   4/6/2019 at 04:11 (366 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
Wonder Prices

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From what I remember hearing the Wonder premium is being discontinued the Prima premium will remain though. With simplicity becoming the retail oriented brand some of their models are being discontinued. There are some other models being cut too like the S30P Synchrony Premium which the only real differrence between the S30D and S30P was an extra year warranty and a charcoal filter. Or the S10D which had a metal brushroll but used a stretch belt. The S20 line I think had the most cuts but I can't remember all of them.

Post# 407692 , Reply# 8   4/6/2019 at 08:42 (366 days old) by dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        

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The Tacony Factory Outlet Store recently received some of the last Synergy models. At least we will have them for a while to still sell. When models are discontinued, the factory outlet store gets them. There are still Fuller Brush models as well, new in the box, at the Outlet Store.

The Synergy as well as the Synchrony line have been discontinued, as well as the S40 series (the 'new' Synergy) and the S30 series (the 'new' Synchrony). Riccar remains a 'dealer ONLY' line.

The Wonder has been discontinued. The Prima remains. The only canister in the Simplicity lineup is the pink compact "Jill".

I think it's cool that dealers can order the Simplicity line to carry in their stores as a lower priced lineup for customers on a budget. To be honest, the Chinese-built bagless multi-cyclonic (now labeled Simplicity - used to be Fuller Brush) has proven to be a good machine. The bagged version is quite good as well. I think it will prove to be a good move by Tacony.

Post# 407693 , Reply# 9   4/6/2019 at 08:49 (366 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
prima price

The price on the Riccar web site is manufacturer retail price, it would probably be cheaper from a vacuum store. I can't say for sure but most likely, the Riccar brand will now be the higher end vacs, for lack of better term, the Simplicity brand will be more main stream, so I doubt there will be a high end canister power team in the simplicity line up anymore. I also wonder if the Simplicity vacs will still be made here or production transferred to China.

Post# 408205 , Reply# 10   4/16/2019 at 17:55 (356 days old) by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        
Change is hard

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I will miss Simplicity's high end vacuums but at the same time, I really excited about this move. I'm also really excited about the new R30 and R40 series that was just released earlier this year, they now use the same bag and hood covers that the Synchronies and Synergies have used, and I love the new colors on them.

The Simplicity S10E, S20E, and S10VC will still be assembled here in the states, everything else is overseas.

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