For the last eight, no seventeen, no 36 months Hubby has refused to say goodbye to our sad, broken robotic vacuum cleaner, Roomba. It broke three years ago when we moved from Jersey City, N.J. to Los Angeles. Even a new battery didn’t perk Roombie up.
Hubby does not like to throw out holey socks let alone a vacuum cleaner. So he pulled out the box – he always saves the box – and stashed the broken Roombie in the closet. Where it sat. And waited. And got on my nerves.
A typical exchange when I noticed Roomba taking up closet space:
“What’s the status of Roombie?” I would ask.
“What?” he would say.
“The Roombie – does it even work?”
“Can we get rid of it then?”
“Because I’m going to fix it.”
Hubby made good on his promise Thursday. Actually, he did even better than that. He got rid of broken Roombie and brought home a brand new vacuum cleaner two models up, pictured above. Hubby left it on the dining room table so I was sure to notice it. I did.
“Our new vacuum cleaner.”
“How much did you pay for it?”
He punctuated his silence with raised eyebrows.
“You are a better bargain hunter than me! Tell me the story,” I begged.
“I told them I wanted to upgrade. And the sales clerk said ‘OK. Go get another one.'”
Turns out Bed, Bath and Beyond still sells the Roomba model we had for $280. Hubby upgraded to a newer version, priced at $380. They accepted the exchange without a receipt (it was a secret santa Christmas gift) and apparently without caring that it was 3+ years old. And broken. Chalk it up to BB&B’s great customer service.
As the sales clerk rang him up, Hubby realized he had left his 20 percent off coupon in the car. He was about to ask if the clerk had an extra when he noticed she had already given him the discount, a $76 windfall.
With full credit for the broken Roomba, Hubby’s subtotal was $24. With tax he paid $26.34. S.C.O.R.E.
We put Roombie Two to work immediately. It is noisy but cleans on its own!