Thread Number: 40836  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
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Post# 433825   10/19/2020 at 22:13 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst )        

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How would one go about getting a financial number or amount fora vacuum collection granted mine is 3 machine .
But i see apraisal site called how it works on collectors weekly have yall tried that ??You know havea expert give a number for your vacuum collection likea old car apraisal??? Or am i just dreaming hahaha

Post# 433828 , Reply# 1   10/19/2020 at 23:49 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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I think all the experts are here. But it's all kind of casual, isn't it? I could say your stuff's worth $1000. Who's gonna take my word for it on a real money deal, like an insurance contract or something?

Post# 433836 , Reply# 2   10/20/2020 at 00:54 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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What MadMan said. You need to have it all written up in official documentation and by a reputable appraisal service for it to have any weight as far as insurance funds goes. Even then there is not exactly a concrete database of vacuum values and rarities from model to model.

Post# 433839 , Reply# 3   10/20/2020 at 01:28 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst )        

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i was just curious ty

Post# 433846 , Reply# 4   10/20/2020 at 10:03 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        
There's no.....

real pricing standard on vintage vacuums. It's pretty much whatever you can get for them. Lots of insurance companies would honer an 'average' price from eBay for a particular model say over a yrs time. But....they don't have to.

An agent could go to Craigslist/Facebook and defeat all your eBay research. I also collect chainsaws. I can tell you within $10 how much they will sell for on eBay for many models. But on Facebook and Craigslist it's a different world.

Now, if there were three or four books out there on vintage vacuum pricing, it would be a different matter.


Post# 433849 , Reply# 5   10/20/2020 at 10:20 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst )        

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ty all

Post# 433852 , Reply# 6   10/20/2020 at 11:41 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Not on your side...

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It's like my great-grandfather purportedly said about horses—"It's worth whatever some damn fool will pay for it!" and therein lies the root of the problem. I paid $3 for a pristine Electrolux Epic 3500SR upright at Goodwill last summer and there's one just like it on eBay right now for $115 plus shipping. Which is more representative of the actual value? And is the Kirby Gsix that I paid $50 for at a thrift shop inherently worth more than the one I rescued from beside a dumpster for for free? These days, people pay a premium for the convenience of being able to find exactly what they're after with a few mouse clicks on eBay as opposed to the more random process of picking things up at thrift shops, yard sales, Craigslist or curbside.

While a certain major insurance company has a slogan that claims it "is on your side," it is really an outright lie that pretty much the entire industry participates in. Truth be told, they're only on their own side and that of their shareholders. When you file a claim, their job is to minimize their own loss, even if that means ripping you off for a fraction of the value. And whatever losses they do incur on your behalf, they'll make up for in the long run by raising your premiums for the foreseeable future. I've been there more than once. With that in mind, they would be more likely to give $3 for the aforementioned Electrolux and not $115.

Post# 434002 , Reply# 7   10/23/2020 at 03:50 by fantomfan57 (Central Texas)        

You are so right, they are on their own side.

For instance, I was advised to hire an Independent Insurance Agent. You stand a better chance getting a fair deal from them instead of a "Company Person". As in, agents who look out for the Company not you.

Well put, Human.

Post# 434007 , Reply# 8   10/23/2020 at 08:38 by Kloveland (Tulsa, OK)        
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I agree with the statement that was said on here many times. An item is only worth the amount someone is willing to pay. I don’t think common vacuums would go for much. The market is still saturated with them. Just look at eBay.

Post# 434010 , Reply# 9   10/23/2020 at 09:26 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst )        

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Thanks yall for the info i was curious ty yy lots of good points

Post# 434018 , Reply# 10   10/23/2020 at 11:40 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I don't really feel vacuums hold or gain any value. With a few exceptions, most collectors look at every dime we spend on vacuums as money that is gone and not coming back, which is why most of us hate spending much on these old things. I dearly love and get tons of enjoyment from the finding, restoring, and using old vacuum cleaners, but I'm not under any delusions about the value of these things.

Post# 434026 , Reply# 11   10/23/2020 at 12:04 by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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@Thevacomaticiec You are dreaming.
Even the most expensive vacuums I see typically"
Old new stock" don't go for very much.(max 2-$300)
Realistically $20 to $50 for machine.

Vacuum collecting is not about the bucci lifestyle.

It's about the passion for mechanical machines that clean.

Post# 434027 , Reply# 12   10/23/2020 at 12:08 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst )        

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I said i was curious for the info i know dammm well my vacs wont get much i was just curious to get info thats all .

Post# 434034 , Reply# 13   10/23/2020 at 12:48 by Electroluxxxx (Somewhere out there)        

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Collectors also look at the asthetics and completeness as well as the original paint job. Normally collectors like machines that are usually unmolested and in original condition.

Post# 434083 , Reply# 14   10/23/2020 at 23:45 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
"Vacuum collecting is not about the bucci lifestyle. 

True that, but if the dirt bags had "Gucci" printed all over them they'd sell like pancakes around here! Just sayin'.

Post# 434089 , Reply# 15   10/24/2020 at 00:31 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst )        

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thank you for yall input i was just curious one night thought id talk about it here .

NOW my vacuum are not for money i nthe future they get used and abused and fill whit dirt its a vacuum for god shake not a ferrari i thin kwe all agree .

My collection is onlyyyy for memories and older vac some one i knew had and i was facinated by em since i was 2 years old or so .
Not for money hell i dont care how much i put in em to me ..... my old blue C9 is and alwyas will me granms ma old faithfull blue bommer c9 to have one o f my own is keeping grand ma memorie close to me .Same goes for my otehr vac memories and lvoea well built machien period .

Post# 434411 , Reply# 16   10/31/2020 at 12:09 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
"Value" is all relevant

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Some have sentimental value........ which can be priceless, as we know.
New, or 'unused' cleaners, of course, are valuable.
But, it DOES depend on the machine, age, condition, etc.
I have a few 'vault' machines that are #1 off the line.
Some folks might want them.

There are really only a few models I'd still like to have.
There are some I never thought I'd own.

And, everything is pretty well spoken for, promised, etc.
Changes are made from time to time, but..

So, I value some things more than others, naturally.

Post# 434413 , Reply# 17   10/31/2020 at 12:25 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst )        

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I agree .

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