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Post# 467046   10/25/2023 at 16:44 (213 days old) by electrolux137 (Los Angeles)        

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The Vacuumland membership list has 3951 names on it. However, only a small handful of people post regularly nowadays. I wonder why.

Post# 467048 , Reply# 1   10/25/2023 at 17:35 (213 days old) by Hoover300 (Kentucky)        

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Dedicated forums like this one are dying off. Most of the collectors that used to post here now post in one of the many vacuum related Facebook groups. I mostly post here to add info to the massive archive for future reference.

Post# 467049 , Reply# 2   10/25/2023 at 19:10 (213 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

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I've been thinking how quiet it is here lately.
I'm not on any social media, so this is my only resource. I'm thankful for the knowledgeable regulars who have stuck around.
Sometimes it takes a while, but you can still get answers a lot of times.

Post# 467051 , Reply# 3   10/25/2023 at 22:12 (213 days old) by bikerray (Middle Earth)        

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I think Amelia Earhart is asking the same question

Post# 467054 , Reply# 4   10/25/2023 at 22:52 (213 days old) by Detroitdirtbag (Bottom of the Bag)        

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I have nothing to say. But my mighty mite needs a new motor. I need to post. I could use help getting a motor.

Post# 467055 , Reply# 5   10/26/2023 at 01:59 (213 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
I'm Still Here!

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I check the postings regularly, but it's been a couple months since I've posted anything. And I usually respond when someone else asks a question that I can be helpful with unless it's already been answered.

Post# 467059 , Reply# 6   10/26/2023 at 08:56 (213 days old) by RonReeland (Granville, IL)        

I am only an occasional user, but have always been amazed at the scope of the members knowledge and the resources here. I was wondering why I only received two replies to my offer to give away a set of four re-bristled, unused NORCA roller "agitator" brushes to some collector whom owns a NORCA vacuum cleaner.

I hope this link to my posting will work and someone can help me give the brush set to someone wit a NORCA:

Ron Reeland

Post# 467065 , Reply# 7   10/26/2023 at 15:32 (212 days old) by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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Im  here wit my  Compact  Tristar    and my  Electroluxes   my health is  not so good    i just up  my  meds and  blood test and appointment left and right  so  i dont  post  often im sorry  but i am here i do read  every day    .

Post# 467074 , Reply# 8   10/26/2023 at 22:42 (212 days old) by mjhoshaw (Western PA)        
I read every day but . . .

. . . I'm far from being an expert, so I post only when I'm sure of what I'm writing. I love this site!


Post# 467078 , Reply# 9   10/27/2023 at 11:10 (212 days old) by thevacuumman (Borger, TX)        

I'm a daily reader, but I don't post as much as I'd like to. My career and family keep me pretty busy but I do check here daily.

Post# 467079 , Reply# 10   10/27/2023 at 11:40 (212 days old) by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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I come here 24/7   but  my collection has not grown  or change so its same old same old i dont want  to  repeat my self and make it boring but my  vacuums are all doing A ok  ty   . 

Post# 467083 , Reply# 11   10/27/2023 at 14:00 (211 days old) by Maytag142C (Somewhere over the rainbow. )        

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I donít really come here anymore because I donít collect anymore. Once in a while Iíll check to see if thereís something I can offer advice wise, but itís really become a toxic place. Too many people butt heads over vacuum cleaners, past events, and slander oof donít get me started. Prior to my lifeís change I used to enjoy the forums, I used to enjoy collecting, learning, and offering advice, history etcÖ believe it or not over the last couple of years Iíve forgotten a lot of what I once knew. Iím glad to see the site is still running and that people do come here but I do agree with some when they say that people have moved to social media platforms. I am no longer part of any of those groups either for a lot of the same reasons here. I do miss the old days of the forums being alive. From the stories, to the ďonline roleplayĒ( Helen and ida, glamourene, etc) to the wonderful historical context. This place used to be wonderful!

Post# 467084 , Reply# 12   10/27/2023 at 14:06 (211 days old) by Paul (USA)        

This is one of my main sources of floor & surface machine info, too (another being Doug Smith's website). I appreciate the wealth of information from contributors and try to add to it when I am able; although I do take breaks from time to time.

Post# 467097 , Reply# 13   10/27/2023 at 20:42 (211 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Here but find it hard to chime in when almost every new members questions are answered in the archives.

Post# 467098 , Reply# 14   10/27/2023 at 20:46 (211 days old) by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Iím active on the Facebook groups, but still check in here from time to time.

Post# 467101 , Reply# 15   10/27/2023 at 22:13 (211 days old) by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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i uploaded 2 video using my olympia one  on my youtube channel same user name thevacomaticiec

Post# 467108 , Reply# 16   10/28/2023 at 11:58 (211 days old) by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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I try my best to post on here but it can get very toxic. Iíll leave it at that.

Post# 467124 , Reply# 17   10/29/2023 at 10:35 (210 days old) by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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I would love to hear what some define as "Toxic". If someone here said 2 and 2 is 6 and someone said sorry 2 and 2 is 4 is that being "toxic"? What good is a forum like this if you can't disagree with someone or have a different point of view and be labeled Toxic.

I recently disagreed with someone about what they called a "mint" Kirby bag, and pointed out why I simply disagreed with their analysis, was that being Toxic? Is asking this question to some here being toxic? Just a friendly observation.


Post# 467130 , Reply# 18   10/29/2023 at 12:45 (210 days old) by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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True that   there will be a difference on opinion but theres a way to say  it with out being rude or  condescending . 

Post# 467135 , Reply# 19   10/29/2023 at 14:25 (209 days old) by Human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I'm not on Facebook and don't intend to be. That said, I do stick around here, mostly lurking, but occasionally posting when I feel I have something worthwhile to say. I used to share posts about my latest 'vacquisitions', but I've been under a, mostly successful, self-imposed moratorium on purchasing any additional machines, although I did have a 'relapse' last summer, when I bought a mostly nice Kirby G4 and a not-so-nice Gsix that had parts needed (handle back, power cord and headlight bulb) to complete G4, far more cheaply than purchasing the parts a la carte. Thus far, I have resisted any temptation to acquire parts to put the Gsix back together.

Post# 467136 , Reply# 20   10/29/2023 at 14:31 (209 days old) by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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I agree with you, but even the words rude and condescending are words that how should I say, deal with someone's feelings. What you may think is rude or condescending may not be rude or condescending to others. It's a real balancing act today.

It's seems we have lost the art of agreeing to disagree. We are also losing the ability to laugh at ourselves. like the old saying, some people "wear their heart or feelings on their sleeve", and as a result get their feelings hurt, again it's truly a balancing act today more than ever before.

Thanks for your response, Antoine.


This post was last edited 10/29/2023 at 14:58
Post# 467138 , Reply# 21   10/29/2023 at 15:14 (209 days old) by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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i supose your right    

Post# 467141 , Reply# 22   10/29/2023 at 16:09 (209 days old) by Gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I come in here daily.

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I go in all of the areas. I like to see, learn,etc. Yes, some have been snakry.... have you seen. What's been said about me? Lolol. I just try very to do the one thing they hate......IGNORE THEM. Works for me. I'm not going to allow anyone to ruin my time in here. I really enjoy everyone's posts.

Post# 467148 , Reply# 23   10/29/2023 at 18:50 (209 days old) by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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thats the right  way  to be  John

Post# 467151 , Reply# 24   10/29/2023 at 20:19 (209 days old) by Human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Well put, Jim! When I feel like someone's words toward me are hurtful, I remind myself that by feeling hurt, I am giving those words power. It is better to let go of those feelings and thereby deny those words--and the individual who directed them at me--any power they might otherwise have over me.

Post# 467153 , Reply# 25   10/29/2023 at 20:54 (209 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Think the know the facts about everything because people agree with them. If you disagree your toxic?
It sounds like someone just t wants to hear how great they are and those with different opinions are toxic.
I thought Justin Timberlake after getting cheated on was the only toxic person.

Post# 467175 , Reply# 26   10/30/2023 at 11:57 (209 days old) by odavid123 (Los Angeles ca )        

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Wow , I didnít realize my ďtoxicĒ comment would garner so much attention.
I agree to disagree is a great way of putting it.
My issue which I believe is felt by many others is that it doesnít end there but usually is toped with rude comments and verbiage . Just go through some of the threads .
Now that said , I do believe there is a cordial way of making your point . For example Jim disagreed with Liam about the condition of the bag but was very nice about it , he didnít use any degrading or rude comments .

I think we should all be nicer and mindful of each other.

I will keep on posting here as itís a great source of information and I would love to share my collection with others :)

I truly appreciate the opportunity,


Post# 467177 , Reply# 27   10/30/2023 at 12:08 (209 days old) by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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Now i have to agree with you there David

Post# 467180 , Reply# 28   10/30/2023 at 14:05 (208 days old) by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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You were not the only one to use the word Toxic in this thread. You were the second to use it here. Thats why I asked the question. Personally, I don't ever remember using the word recently myself, but I have seen it used here in Vacuumland a number of times over the years. I agree with your comments and love your work and website. You are a real asset to this group...thanks.


Post# 467261 , Reply# 29   11/3/2023 at 08:01 (205 days old) by gmkubancsek (GREENWOOD)        

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I visit the forum daily. A lot of valuable information and history and talented people sharing information and repair techniques. I am grateful for those who answer the same old question by new members, and do it with grace, style, and professionalism. Thank you.

I enjoy the FB groups as well. I love to see the photos and commentary by ALL the talented individuals who share their knowledge and time - Kyle K and David O among them. Gary K.

Post# 467277 , Reply# 30   11/4/2023 at 09:17 (204 days old) by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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i visit alot here and on FB group to .

Post# 467278 , Reply# 31   11/4/2023 at 09:45 (204 days old) by VacMadMan (Pueblo Co.)        

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I left FB due to the censorship on the website. When I restored my Kirby 4C I tried to post about it, and I started my post by saying "Ladies and gentlemen. boys and girls introducing my Kirby 4C"

FB would not let me post it using that comment. When I changed it to simply saying "introducing my Kiby 4C" That was OK but using the words ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls was not allowed. I guess it was too inclusive. Thats when I knew it was time to go, and don't get me started on FB fact checkers, what a joke.


Post# 467286 , Reply# 32   11/4/2023 at 17:41 (203 days old) by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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Everyone's still here. When this forum started in the mid 2000's I'll bet there was barely 100 people here. Consider nearly 4,000 an achievement! Also those numbers are inflated because it counts registered accounts, no matter who is registering. Most forum websites will have a long list of bot accounts registering and never post. This site also counts deleted/dead accounts as members I believe too. So even if it says over 3.5k members there likely isn't that many in actual human beings.

The more toxic and gatekeeping that social media gets, the more people will flock back to forums. Automotive repair and collector forum websites are still thriving regardless of social media because it's the only place you can get real answers and interactions about topics. Gotta play the long game. People will come back, and active talkative users will increase, just be patient.

Post# 467294 , Reply# 33   11/4/2023 at 20:49 (203 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

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I'm here just about every day. I read just about every post. When I post, it's usually to ask questions, or to compliment someone else's awesome vacuums.
I don't have any knowledge to share with others. I'm mostly here to learn, admire, and to enjoy the company of others who share this somewhat strange hobby.
I don't do social media at all. And, I don't have a circle of friends in person to share this with.
So, I really appreciate everyone who has helped me with problems, shared our collections, or just exchanged some pleasantries.

Post# 467314 , Reply# 34   11/5/2023 at 09:42 (203 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I daily read and sometimes post but not working on any.

Post# 467484 , Reply# 35   11/13/2023 at 14:39 (194 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        
Still here!

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I check in and read the site a few times a month, but only chime in when I know I have something to add to the conversation. I joined the site when I was still a teenager and feel like I kinda grew up with Vacummland. I've moved a few times and have progressively less space to collect, but the interest is still there.

I try to stay off Facebook and Reddit; not sure where else there's collecting communities. I really hope this site never goes dark and would be willing to donate to keep it that way. The archive of knowledge is priceless.

Post# 467805 , Reply# 36   11/30/2023 at 23:43 by EvolutionClean1 (Nampa, Idaho)        
Just returning!

Used to spend hours on the site, but moved to my Facebook group primarily recently. Testing the waters and it's kind of nice being back.

As for "toxic" behavior, I will admit without hesitation that I'm pretty sensitive at times 😂 there have been some fights on here but most of the time they resolve themselves. There's also become a bit of a divide in the community, but I don't know what's caused it. Some people prefer to stick to themselves and their smaller groups and that's fine. At the end of the day we all collect appliances that suck up dirt, so what's to fight about?

Anyway, it does feel pretty okay being back on here after a several years pause. If any of y'all are on Facebook and would like to at least check out my group, it's under the name What's The Dirt? 😎

I do look forward to rejoining the ranks and seeing if this forum picks back up

Post# 467806 , Reply# 37   12/1/2023 at 00:00 by rivstg1 (colorado springs)        

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i check in here every 2 weeks now, or so,....used to be more than once a day! I don't actively collect anymore ( not against it but have most of what I sought after)....other things in life have taken priority. I still enjoy the posts though

Post# 467834 , Reply# 38   12/2/2023 at 09:40 by vacuumlad1650 (Wauponsee, IL)        

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As with many others, life has simply gotten in the way. I try to check here every week or so, and about the same with the Facebook groups. I have no intentions of getting rid of my current collection, which I still enjoy, and still pick up sweepers every once in a while. I've made great friends through this website and hobby, and a small group of us try to get together for monthly dinner and some holidays.

I don't have the patience to sit at my computer on here, or many other websites anymore. I spend enough time on the computer for my work as it is.

Post# 467835 , Reply# 39   12/2/2023 at 11:30 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

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Good to see you!
I thought of you recently, with the thread about old phones. Didn't you have a collection of those as well?
I still have all of mine, though I haven't done anything new with any of them. I did, in a moment of weakness, pick up another Western Electric 500 at a thrift store. It's rare to find one at all, and it's a very original, maybe 1958, with a Bakelite handset.

Post# 467897 , Reply# 40   12/4/2023 at 13:00 by Caligula (Wallingford, Connecticut)        

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I'm here and have been checking in every morning to see the Vacuum Of The Day. But as of Wednesday December 13, will be saying goodbye to Arizona and returning to my hometown of Wallingford, Connecticut. I'll soon have all my paperwork and can share the history of Electrolux and Kirby. And yes, a new display of my electric machines. As for the non-electrics, they will be in the living room for all to see.

Alex Taber.

Post# 467898 , Reply# 41   12/4/2023 at 13:07 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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I come to see the vacuum of the day and some post to  read or comment on  , not like i used to  do   i will admit also there some  issue in the past...... but i  try  to come more often its just i  have the same vacuum as last time  nothing new to chatt about except  all  my  vacuum work  fine  .So unlessi add to my collection or see a deal  nothing  new here.

Post# 467927 , Reply# 42   12/6/2023 at 12:11 by OhioVacuums (Ohio)        
Still here

I check in about 3 times a week. Since everyone is far more knowledgeable than I am...I have not much to add. I do add when I have something to offer.

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