Around this time of year people are making plans for Thanksgiving and looking forward to visiting family. But for some, the best part of the holiday weekend happens on Friday or, as it’s more commonly called, Black Friday.
The term Black Friday was first used by the Philadelphia police to describe the craziness that occurred on the day after Thanksgiving. It later came to mean the time when companies start to turn a profit, moving out of the red (debt) and into the black (profit.)
I guess the term Black Friday is prolly better than Crack-of-Ass Friday, Looting for Loons or Free-for-all Friday.
Tammy’s not big into the whole Black Friday thing and I hate people too much to be around that many randoms in order to save a few bucks.
Sure, I know there are tons of deals to be had but you know what’s a good deal to me? Sleeping late. Monday thru Friday I wake up wishing I could get more sleep so to me it’s called Black Friday because all I’m seeing is the insides of my eyelids.
Tis the Reason?
Tammy has been looking through the ads and has seen some really good deals on things like computers, appliances and TVs.
But what’s making
us her think about going out in the mass of humanity next Friday is a new vacuum cleaner.
Not just a regular vacuum cleaner, but one of those new, super awesome Dyson models that are apparently made with some rare space material and are hand assembled at NASA by members of MENSA who only work two days a week.
Why else could they be so expensive?
Sucking Up More Than Dust
The people I know who own a Dyson seem to love it and thought it was worth it.
Despite having never actually taken one for a test drive, I was thinking about getting one and knew they would be cheaper on Black Friday.
That’s when my MENSA kicked in and I started crunching some numbers.
I’m not very good at math, but I love looking at and breaking down stats (mainly for my fantasy football teams) so I decided to run a vacuum cleaner cost analysis.
Let’s say my current vacuum cleaner cost $75 when I bought it 6-7 years ago. Say I use it once every other week or 26 times a year, which is prolly a HIGH estimate because we sweep the hardwood floors.
That makes the cost per use of my current vacuum cleaner $2.88. ($75 (cost) ÷ 26 (uses per year))
Now let’s say I get a Dyson vacuum for $399 and I use it with the same frequency as my current vacuum. In case you forgot, that’s 26 times a year.
The cost per use of my new Dyson vacuum would be $15.35. ($399 (cost) ÷ 26 (uses per year))
So unless there’s some feature on the Dyson that’s going to turn all of that dust and hair into quarters and dimes, I’m looking at a difference of $12.47 per use.
I know, I know… The Dysons are SOOO much better, they pick up SOOO much more dirt. That might be true, but to get the same cost per use as my current vacuum I’d have to vacuum 139 times a year or 2.67 times A WEEK and I know that ain’t gonna happen.
That led me to ask myself the following questions…
Are the Dysons really that much better than my $75 vacuum that sits in the corner and doesn’t get used very often?
Or is it that the Dyson vacuums are so expensive that people feel obligated to use them a couple of times a week so they feel like they are getting their money’s worth?
I prolly will never know the answer because I have a feeling when Black Friday rolls around the only thing I’ll be seeing is the backs of my eyelids.