Also known as: sales techniques for marriage
Set-up: I hate our vacuum. We got the least expensive one at the store (“We could buy ten of these vacuums for the cost of one Dyson, Kim,” says Ryan.)
Or, should I say, it doesn’t suck. At all. (I’m cracking myself up!)
I spend more time trying to pick up the stuff it misses than vacuuming should take. I cringe to think of the dirt underneath the surface that I cannot spot with my naked eye.
So, this was our conversation last night, after my last battle with the dreaded vacuum. (Stay with me here… it’s a little lengthy.)
Kim: I’m getting a new vaccuum this weekend.
Ryan: Okay. Where does it fit in the budget?
Kim: I think it fits in the house section. I’d like a Dyson.
Ryan: I think that’s a little irresponsible.
Kim: Well, I have a coupon to Bed Bath and Beyond for 20% off.
Ryan: So, how much would it be?
Kim: $100 off
Ryan: (Choking on his drink) WHAT???? How much is it?
Kim: About $500
Ryan: That’s RIDICULOUS! That is a week of work, for a VACCUUM?
Kim: Well I thought you’d say that… so I’m actually considering getting a Bissell Pet Hair vaccuum for $100-$200 plus the coupon.
(A few moments go by)
Ryan: Did you just use a sales tip on me by starting with the $500 vacuum?
So, this is my proven technique. If you need to make a purchase and you have an inkling your husband may not go for it. Start with an item that is approximately 4 times the cost of the item you are considering.
Then, the item you ACTUALLY want sounds much more reasonable.
And, don’t think this is deceitful. I was open and I didn’t sneak a purchase or motive.
So….. after that tip, any tips for the perfect vacuum for pet hair?