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Costco-Vitamix 5200 $369.99

Badandy538 99 November 14, 2012 at 07:21 PM in Home & Home Improvement (6)
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I was in Costco today looking for the Blentec total blender; but instead they had the Vitamix 5200 for $369.99. I guess they decided to run the Blentec promotion on the Vitamix instead. http://www.costco.com/Blendtec%C2...78504.html

Amazon has the Vitamix 5200 for $489.99. http://www.amazon.com/Vitamix-520...tamix+5200

Hope this helps someone Smilie
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What Costco location was this?
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Why so expensive does it make gold?
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Azusa/Irwindale, CA had it. They also had the newer 6300 for $500.
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Vitamix is to blenders as Dyson is to vacuums--considered to be the holy grail of blenders and primarily a choice for professionals/businesses. I used this frequently during my former bartender days. This thing is practically indestructible. It will grind ice as if it were butter.
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Quote from larry123 View Post :
Why so expensive does it make gold?
I heard it makes ice cream!
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Vitamix or Blentec?
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Quote from Unrequited_Hope View Post :
Vitamix is to blenders as Dyson is to vacuums-
Have you ever used a Dyson?
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Quote from Ivelweyz View Post :
Have you ever used a Dyson?
I have a Dyson DC33 sitting in the living room closet
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Unbelievable, people are spending $400 on electric motor (and no it is quite different from Dyson, Vaccum cleaner is far more complex appliance in general) Any substandard blender from India can match this POS in terms of durability and power. Go to any store that sells Indian appliance (e.g. Edison) and you can get similar performance for around $100.
e.g. http://www.amazon.com/Sumeet-Dome...meet+mixie
Spending $400 on mixer trumps even $100 jeans as shameless depiction of excess..
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Quote from iluvusorin View Post :
Unbelievable, people are spending $400 on electric motor (and no it is quite different from Dyson, Vaccum cleaner is far more complex appliance in general) Any substandard blender from India can match this POS in terms of durability and power. Go to any store that sells Indian appliance (e.g. Edison) and you can get similar performance for around $100.
e.g. http://www.amazon.com/Sumeet-Dome...meet+mixie
Spending $400 on mixer trumps even $100 jeans as shameless depiction of excess..
I agree it's a lot of money. But don't take it so personal lol.
Be angry at those people that spent $100+ on the Ninja. shake head
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Not bad for a Vitamix, but this is only like $5-$10 off the regular price of $375-380 for the 5200s which I've seen numberous times throughout the year at the Los Feliz & Burbank, CA Costco warehouses. Prices have dropped/remained about $375 since the roadshows have the new 6300 model.. At least at the warehouses I visit. Still $5-10 off is still good, but its not a huge discount from regular year round Costco pricing.

Have had a Vitamix for years & we use it several times daily & love it!
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what can a $370 blender do that my $30 blender can't do?
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Quote from garycoleman View Post :
what can a $370 blender do that my $30 blender can't do?
Work?

Not die after crushing ice?

Soup?

Ice cream?

Blend my cell phone?
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what can a $370 blender do that my $30 blender can't do?
Not burn out & make things smoothly.. I've had a lot of $100 or so blenders that simply didn't last.. Add up what I spent over the years & I should have just gotten the Vitamix from the get go..

if you use your blender a lot you'll notice a difference in the blend quality, power, & it just works. My wife & I use ours several times daily to crush ice & blend smoothies & protein drinks & she makes hot soup & other meals with it. We've had the Vitamix for several years & there's no hint of it dying, add up all the below blenders I had, I could have just bought the VitaMix.

There is also consistency.. The cheap blenders I had would struggle with ice or hard particles & you wouldn't get a smooth blend.. You'd get some ice chunks or fruit & veggie fibers or it just didn't create a vortex to pull everything into the blades & blend evenly so you'd have stuff on the sides of the jar unblended..

Previously I've had oster, cuisinart, black & decker, waring, Hamilton beach, magic bullet, & some other brands I can't remember.. Nothing like that burning smell from the motor permeating your kitchen & wasted ingredients when the thing dies & you're left with a jar full of half blended stuff.. protein powder, fruit, kale, Greek yogurt, ice, etc wasted..

It's kind of like going up a steep incline with an economy car 4 banger vs a powerful 6 or 8 cyl.. They both will make it up, but the 4 banger struggles (like my old 1.6 liter civic from college going up the I-5 grapevine) whereas 8 cyl is just so much smoother, powerful & faster. The cheap blended hiccup on ice or dumping in whole fruits & vegetables.. VitaMix just pulverizes it. We have parties with lots of guests & mix drinks with it,having it on several hours a night & it hasn't skipped a beat in several years.

Of course if you rarely use it, or just blend liquids, no hard solids or ice & easy stuff, then you probably won't notice much difference & can't justify the cost.

We also had a juicer before & hated 2 things about it.. The metal strainer basket was hard to clean & it took all the fiber out of the fruits & vegetables.. The Vitamix just breaks the whole thing down whether its ice, an apple, celery, carrots, beets, avocado, kale, etc.. Everything is smoothly blended together..

& 90 day warranty from some foreign company purchased off the Internet (even if its through amazon) vs like 7 yrs from VitaMix USA & from Costco (forever guarantee).. To each his own, but ill pay for the VitaMix. Not to mention about half the wattage of both VitaMix & Blendtec & 3 speed vs variable or programmable...& all that counter space! I
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