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Simplicity no longer sells most of their machines
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Post# 412951   8/20/2019 at 16:11 (319 days old) by Johnsmith96 (East Coast)        

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I recently went on the simplicity website looking to see the difference between the 2 tandem air canisters. One once had the replacement style belt, the other was lifetime. Also I had recently seen hsn/QVC now sells simplicity machines (they used to sell Maytag tacony). Cole to find out, simplicity has significantly changed their product line. They no longer sells ANY tandem air machines, upright or canister. I believe they now sell a cordless freedom, maybe 1 or two bagged uprights, a straight suction canister, and a bagless upright. A few of these machines were sold for a few years as Fuller brush less expensive tacony options. Seems like riccar took over the "premium" machines. Not to mention riccar now sells one tandem air canisters option.

Post# 412953 , Reply# 1   8/20/2019 at 17:39 (319 days old) by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        
a shifting of priorities I suppose

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wow! times are a-changing! btw, John, I haven't seen you releasing any new vac related videos, are you on a hiatus ? school dominated constraints on time?


Post# 412964 , Reply# 2   8/20/2019 at 20:49 (319 days old) by kirbylux77 (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)        

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John, you're right. Simplicity has now become the mainstream brand, that can be sold by any vac shop, & any retailer whether in-store or online. in Canada is currently carrying the entire Simplicity line. I think Tacony decided to drop the Fuller Brush & Maytag brands as they didn't want to pay the licencing fees to use the name. They must have thought they needed only 1 specialty brand & 1 mainstream brand, so just let any shop sell Simplicity as well as have access to the Riccar machines. Not only do they get more exposure, they also figure if a customer is in a vac shop that carries both brands, the customer wins because they have more choice.

However, the consequence they are going to pay later on is resentment from their dealers. When they had Riccar & Simplicity both as specialty brands, each dealer in a specific city or within certain miles/kilometers of each other could only carry one brand or the other, & that their brand was "unique". They each had their own territory. Both brands had slightly different styling & features so it separated them from the other brand their competitor was selling. Now, any dealer can be approved to sell the Riccar brand....there could be 2 dealers in the same city carrying the exact same the consumer could play both dealers & force them to compete on the price of the machine to get the sale. Better for the consumer's pocketbook, but not for the dealer's profit & livelihood!

As for the current Simplicity models in the lineup, they will be the white bagged upright, white bagless upright, white S60 Spiffy stick vacuum, the S65 stick vacuum, white Flash hand vacuum & the pink Simplicity Jill straight suction canister. From my understanding, the Cordless Freedom, corded Freedom, Symmetry upright, Sport compact canister & A Go Go stick vacuum are all officially discontinued, they are just appearing on the website until existing stock is officially sold out. It's a shame they did this instead of just keeping either the Fuller Brush or Maytag name & just dropping 1 & keeping 1 mainstream brand & 2 specialty brands, but they must have felt pressure to be more competitive in today's marketplace.


PS - They also dropped the Riccar Prima with the Compact powerhead from the lineup too. HUGE MISTAKE considering Miele sells a compact powerhead with certain machines in their lineup, & home with a mix of hard floors & area rugs are becoming more popular. They should have kept it for people with mixed flooring like that, especially since the Riccar compact powerhead is superior to Miele's compact powerhead. It glides easier on hard floors, stands up on it's own, has a more aggressive brushroll that cleans better, & has a headlight. The Miele compact SEB217 is ok, but definitely needs a update & improvements.

Post# 412972 , Reply# 3   8/21/2019 at 06:27 (318 days old) by Johnsmith96 (East Coast)        
No hiatus haha

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I posted a quick video of my Henry a few days ago vacuuming my car,it wasn't much but I figured it was something lol. But yes school is taking most of my time. It's unfortunate that the simplicity lineup gas gone down :(. Did you also notice the new riccar tandem air units have the simplicity headlights? I thought that was pretty interesting. I do however think that if I HAD to choose the brand to keep, it would be riccar. I love the looks of their machines over the simplicity units.

Post# 412974 , Reply# 4   8/21/2019 at 09:07 (318 days old) by Dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        

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Only three simplicity’s are assembled in the United States. From Chinese parts. All the rest of the line is made completely in China. Rice Cars for the most part are assembled in the United States. From Chinese parts. The canister Rice Cars are made in China with the exception of the power nozzle. It seems like the company has definitely lost their way. Simplicity Vacuums are not available to just “any vacuum shop“ as the suppliers to vacuum shops do not carry them. You must be a dealer for the company, even if you are just a simplicity dealer. I refuse to carry anything that is a product of that company. Because I don’t have too.

Post# 412980 , Reply# 5   8/21/2019 at 13:52 (318 days old) by electromatik (Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)        
Such sad news

It appears Tacony is doing it's best to attempt to commit suicide like Urso did to Electrolux.

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