Should I buy a Delphin vacuum cleaner? A daughter’s dilemma
Dear Phebe Buffet,
One day, I returned home to find free airtight containers on the dining table. Alas, I was told that it was a free gift from a vacuum cleaner salesperson my mum had met at a mall.
My Mum has a history of sinus, and said that the vacuum cleaner might help to clear out the dust mites from her bed and pillows. The friendly salesman at the shopping mall told her that he could come to our house to do a demonstration, perhaps to showcase the technology of the machine, and also to justify its price tag.
My mum said it costs $2,000 – $3,000, but when I checked online, most paid $3,000 – $4,000 for it. According to several users online, the price differs depending on the commission the salesperson would like to achieve.
Now I was getting worried, first, because my Mum is retiring and $3,000 – $4,000 is not the kind of money you would like to spend when you will not have a consistent income flow in time to come. Honestly, I think I wouldn’t have been too bothered if she had a six figure retirement sum in the bank.
Secondly, I did a quick search online on vacuum cleaners – the best of the lot, the Boschs and the Karchers all cost a maximum of $500, and come equipped with wet and dry function. These are industrial-grade vacuums, which at used in shopping malls, areas with a large surface area. Our house isn’t exactly the neatest, with bags of things lined up in the living room. I wasn’t sure if the vacuum could even clean effectively, given the amount of blockages in the way.
Thirdly, the Delphin vacuum does not come with a HEPA filter, which is the benchmark for good vacuum cleaners.
According to Wikipedia, to qualify as HEPA, an air filter must remove 99.97% of particles that have a size of 0.3 µm. Filters meeting the HEPA standard have many applications, including use in medical facilities, automobiles, aircraft and homes.
I believe these will be the right filters that could help prevent asthma. Delphin is also a product made in Germany, but it does not have the CE certification, which is given to products made in the EuroZone.
Fourthly, the Delphin vacuum cleaner is heavy and bulky. With my Mum’s health condition, chances are she is going to be worn out moving and lifting the vacuum cleaner in the next 1-2 years.
With these considerations in mind, I am extremely reluctant to have that salesman come to our house to do a demonstration. Why invite someone over when the idea causes you great unease in the first place?
Should I buy a Delphin vacuum? A daughter’s dilemma
Am I an unfilial daughter to not abide by my mother’s wishes? We were taught from young to obey our parents, but it’s tough, especially when you know your parents are misguided about things. It is even more frustrating when you attempt to reason with them, and they refuse to listen, much less rationalise.
All I know is that if I choose to be filial daughter in this situation and buy the vacuum cleaner, I would have compromised on my values. Values that I hold true to, such as being rationale, prudent with spending money and standing up for what is right.
Hope you can advice.
Phebe Buffet’s reply to the Daughter-in-Dilemma can be found here.
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