Here is the problem I have with Kirby.
Their vacuum, called the Sentria, is top of the line. There is none like it. However, their hiring practices, and the lying to homeowners, are unethical and deceitful enough to border on legendary.
Yes, I am one of those who answered Dyro Production's Craigslist ad, which spoke of needing to hire customer service employees at $2, 200.00. I am one of those who interviewed for the job, and was told I was hired at a $2, 200.00 salary. I am one of those who showed up for training, only to find out on the first day that the job was nothing like what they told me I was hired for, but to sell Kirby vacuum cleaners door to door. I am the one who did not walk out after being lied to, and completed the training, only to find out on the third day that you only get the $2, 200.00 IF you can complete 60 demonstrations in a month, a feat so difficult that there is actually an award (certificate) for doing it. I am the one who went into the field for 3 weeks, and found out just how ruthless and dishonest you had to be, to first convince a homeowner that we were being paid to do free rug cleaning "in your neighborhood", and then to lie to the homeowner, and do whatever it takes to put a Kirby in their home. I am also the one who could not resort to the sleazy tactics employed by Dyro Productions, but attempted to sell the vacuum honestly, and when knocking on a door myself, tell the homeowner that we were giving away free carpet cleanings, but with the caveat that this would involve doing a one and a half to two hour demonstration of the Kirby. After working hard for 70-80 a week for 3 weeks, I made a grand total of 20 bucks. But, you know? I am OK with that. I can look at myself in the mirror and not hate myself, although I do feel that I was quite the dumbass in letting myself get conned into working for them in the first place. LOL.
I have chalked this up to life's experiences, and this experience taught me that, yes, there are indeed very dishonest people in this world.
There is another irony at play too. At one of the motivational meetings, Daniel Blalock extolled the virtues of Rush Limbaugh at length. You know, I am sure that Rush would have a problem with this, since Blalock is giving Conservatives a bad name with each and every syllable that he utters. LOL.
So, to sum it up, here is what we have: We can argue all day whether Kirby vacuums are any good. I believe that they are the best in the world. If you feel differently, that is your right, but I like them. However, when the distributors lie to about employment opportunities, then a red light should be going off in your head the very first day you show up to training. I wish I had paid heed to it.