Would you buy a used vacuum?

Jana is moving into a new apartment in August and we are busy shopping for all the domestic items we can think of. We have become involved in a bargain hunting game with her roommates and their moms. Today I found a really inexpensive vacuum at Target and was so excited about it. I know, scary that a vacuum excites me. Actually that kind of sucks. (sorry)

We were talking about it at dinner and Gary suggested that we could get a much better quality vacuum, used on Craigs List. By the looks of the Madison page for vacuums, he is not wrong.

But seriously! A used vacuum?! Doesn’t that have kind of an EW factor to it? Danny thought by buying a used one we ran the risk of purchasing a vacuum that had been used to pick up poop. Hmmmm, can you pick up poop with a vacuum? Maybe tiny poop, like mouse droppings or maybe even some kitty litter encrusted cat feces. I was thinking that in a college town vomit would be more likely. You know, the kind that hardens a bit overnight on the rug and then you sprinkle some baking soda on it and then try to vacuum it up. What? Does it sound like I have experience with this? Maybe.

We were 3 to 1 in our family, opposed to the idea of the used vacuum due to the possible ickification of it. We decided to ask friends who stopped by our table on their way out ofthe restaurant. They were split. Surprisingly he said no to used while she is a big fan of Craigs List and was in favor.

We decided the only way to settle this was to bring it to the blog for a poll. So, even if you are a lurker, please cast your vote as this is of dire importance to national security. Or maybe we are just curious.

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5 responses to “Would you buy a used vacuum?

  1. J.

    A friend of mine just bought a used vacuum off of Craigslist, from some single guy who said he barely used it. Didn’t strike me as that odd at the time, but I will now have to follow up with her. (Personally I think eBay would be a much better/safer choice than Craigslist, but…)

  2. I guess, being a nurse, the unknown germ factor would freak me a little.
    but you can clean every part, right?

  3. margi

    See now that’s a deal, a barely used vacuum from the single guy. We say go for used and grill them with ?’s to minimize the ickification factor: “Own any mice? Dogs? How many party’s do you have, what are they like?” Vomification factor must be addressed.

  4. I knew this would get people thinking!

    J. – you are right ebay is a much better idea.

    Maureen – Gary used the full servicing as part of his defense of used.

    Margi – vomication! nice word!

  5. Jennifer Krieger

    I got one free from Freecycle, and it didn’t occur to me to think about anything icky. Maybe because the woman who gave it to me looked so normal and had made an effort to meet me to hand it over. For free.

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