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Vacuum Cleaner Had an Unserviceable Filter

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AJ2X
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Re: The iVac?
AJ2X   4/28/2014 10:27:58 AM
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As pervasive as the "design for minimum cost" requirement is, making something serviceable (or not requiring service) need not cost more, any more than making something beautiful is necessarily more expensive.  But it does require a commitment from all involved in a design, including marketing and the bean counters, that the product be an actual value to the user, and not just to the stockholders.  Ideally, you want something that the customers will WANT to buy again, not something they'll HAVE to buy again.  In such a way, the company will build a reputation that will carry it through the long haul (if anyone actually cares about that anymore!).

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Nice diagnostics and repair
Jim_E   4/28/2014 10:20:24 AM
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Good job tracking down the problem and fixing it.  Crazy how difficult some things are to take apart now.   I guess they really don't expect people to repair stuff anymore.

Speaking of vaccuum cleaners, I really don't miss the old disposable bags!  I much prefer these fance new bagless units, even though the release door mechanism on my Dyson failed and I had to do some strategic plastic repair....

With long haired women in the house, I wish there was an easier way to clean the beater brush on a vacuum.  That is a dirty, irritating job to do on both our Bosch and our Dyson.

tekochip
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Re: The iVac?
tekochip   4/28/2014 10:12:38 AM
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Very true Batter, I used to design appliance controls and nearly all decisions were driven by cost.  Months were spent engineering solutions that sometimes saved fractions of pennies.  Don't get me wrong, we always met the specification, but by no measurable margin.  The product had to just barely work..... every time.

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Re: The iVac?
Battar   4/28/2014 9:50:22 AM
Nancy,

         One item that drives all design reviews in applicance manufacturing is, how much does it cost? The only way to keep your product on the shelves of Bestbuy or whoever is to be a dollar cheaper than your competitor, and one very effective way of reducing manufacturing cost is to design for assembly, not dis-assembly. Sure, there are customers out there who are willing to pay for a quality product, but they are the minority - ask any salseman - there aren't enough of them to keep the cash flowing. 

My father taught me, always ask which is the cheapest model in the shop, and never buy that one. 

far911
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far911   4/26/2014 7:10:09 AM
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Ths is true....it really looks like that we are getting everything disposable now a days. You use them and be sure that you will have 2 replace it neither repair it.Same goes for the vacuum filtre.

Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   4/25/2014 7:03:25 PM
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Unfortunately that is probably a valid observation. We are seeing more and more products that were once user-serviceable but no longer. The mentality of making a quality product that lasts and is serviceable has sadly fallen to the throw-away marketing strategy that guarantees repeat business which may very well include a non-replaceable filter strategically placed to limit the lifetime of the product.

tekochip
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The iVac?
tekochip   4/25/2014 5:59:24 PM
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Judging by the way batteries have become non-replaceable in consumer products, perhaps vacuum filters have become non-replaceable as well?


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