In response to Should I buy a Delphin Vacuum Cleaner – Ask Phebe Buffet
In response to Should I buy a Delphin vacuum cleaner? A daughter’s dilemma
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It is most unfortunate that you have found yourself in such a situation.
Reason being, I don’t have a good solution which ensures both a) you would most definitely not land a Delphin vacuum cleaner in the house and b) the satisfaction of your mum.
I would say to stick to your grounds and stand up for what you believe in. If you believe that a prudent use of $3,000 – $4,000 could be used for something better, for example a new mattress for your mum, let her know soon.
The key question is to understand why your mum wants this vacuum so badly. First, if it’s purely because of dust mites and irritants, an option could be to buy a new pillow and mattress. Try to solve her problem, instead of simply saying no to the Delphin vacuum cleaner.
But chances are, it could be due to the second reason, peer pressure. That is a much tougher reason to navigate, because your Mum may not admit to that as a matter of pride. And so you should position the purchase of a Delphin vacuum cleaner as a rash decision. Chances are, the friends who introduced your mum to this machine stand to earn a hefty commission from the sale.
Third, is your Mum expecting you to pay for it? In which case I think it is clear that you don’t have to. After all it’s your hard-earned money, and one should not be compelling one’s child into doing buying things, on the premise that ‘I brought you up’.
I do have an alternative solution on the vacuum cleaner, if you wish to maintain a more cordial relationship with your mum. Before the salesperson visits your house, purchase a industrial-grade Bosch or Karcher vacuum ($500) for her at 1/7th the price of the Delphin ($3,500). That way, she could have a way to save face among her friends – “Oh my daughter bought me this other vacuum, and it’s so effective! It comes with a HEPA filter and is certified by the European Union!” Let’s just hope her friends are of a sound mind.
I empathise – good luck.
To a better life,