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On Saturday, I was vacuuming and realized that my bagless vacuum really sucked (or didn't suck). Its the third different brand I've owned over the past ten years, and they always lose suction and are a pain to clean the filters. Not to mention, once I dump all the dirt into the trash can, it seems to just billow out in a cloud of dust and back into my face. I was thinking about how simpler vacuums were when I was a kid, so I hopped on Amazon and ordered a classic style vacuum.


This baby came, took three minutes to put together and it vacuumed my floor so well I just stood there in awe. I was floored by how much better an old school bagged vacuum worked over the bagless ones I've tried over the years. It'll cost about $13 a year to replace bags and belts, which is less than the price of one new filter on the Bissell I'm about ready to trash.

I know every generation talks about how the products of the previous generation were made "better." Still, it got me thinking, what retro products are superior to whats currently on the market? 

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onipar
Oh man, SO MANY!  :-p  

I mean, in terms of longevity, manufactured products used to be so much better. My family had the same CRT TV from the time I was 4 or 5 until I was like 17, and it STILL worked, but we wanted to upgrade.  Our first flat screen lasted about 3 years before it crapped out.

Stoves, refrigerators, washing machines...

Yeah.  Stuff is made to break these days.
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echidna64
Furniture today is terrible. Every piece is super cheap from those crummy wooden dowels to the particle board wood. 

Cabinets and furniture can't even hold up for everyday use. I can't get a good piece of furniture without spending a fortune. I miss the old days of hard wood oak and mahogany. That stuff is indestructible. 


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pikachulover
My mom complains about this all the time. And it is true. We go through at least 1 iron a year. My mom got a new vacuum 2 years ago and the handle fell off the thing.
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Vaporman87
I agree with everyone so far. Whether it is the vacuums, the furniture, or the electronics... the term "they don't make them like they used to" is so true.

When our family owned a furniture store, the products we sold (even in the mid-90's when I first started working there) was so much better than it is now. The quality of everything was just better in every way. It's sad to see how crappy merchandise has become now. And we as a society demand it become cheaper to buy, and hence more cheaply made. Soon we'll be washing our clothes in Styrofoam tubs and sleeping on bedding made of cotton balls and those little springs inside of pens.
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vkimo
I'm a firm believer in the "Buy the best, only cry once" mantra. While I agree older products were more rugged and solid, I feel performance wise they can't compare. They just had better housings. It's hard to argue what's more desirable, having a 5 ton fridge from 1970 made of steel that consumed a mass of electricity and caused freezer burn is better than a modern energy efficient fridge with ice and water dispensers that will crap out in 5 years. Heck, your average car prior to the 70s only got about 100k miles then died!

Generally speaking, furniture was definitely better. Along with clothing, textiles and women.  
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Vaporman87
vkimo wrote :

Generally speaking, furniture was definitely better. Along with clothing, textiles and women.  
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They don't make 'em like Brinkley, Macpherson, or Ireland anymore, do they?
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vkimo
The switch from silicone to saline really was a turn for the worst.
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echidna64
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The switch from silicone to saline really was a turn for the worst.
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EISXUOIS
vkimo wrote :
 Heck, your average car prior to the 70s only got about 100k miles then died!
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But you could fix the old cars yourself. They didn't put the whole engine behind the timing belt.. You could change your spark plugs easily. Now they are super long and you have to take half the engine apart because they are so brittle. As well as the crappy sensors that 90% of the time cause the problem. For furniture buy Amish. Still made of hardwood the old way. Yeah everything is meant to fail and be thrown out now.

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EISXUOIS wrote :

But you could fix the old cars yourself. They didn't put the whole engine behind the timing belt.. You could change your spark plugs easily. Now they are super long and you have to take half the engine apart because they are so brittle. As well as the crappy sensors that 90% of the time cause the problem.
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You are SOOO right. I can't even change the headlight in my vehicle anymore. You have to take off the front bumper just to reach the housing. It's ridiculous.
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