There are plenty of Dyson DC04 vacuum cleaners left in Australia and New Zealand, despite them being a model dating from the mid 90s.
What isnt always abundant in Australia and New Zealand however is DC04 spare parts.
And for that matter, the people with Dyson DC04 vacuums in places like France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Holland and other European countries also have some issues buying DC04 spares.
This post applies not only to those in Australia and New Zealand, but to anyone who is not in the UK.
Dyson will tell you DC04 wand handles are no longer available.
What they mean is DC04 wand handles are no longer available from them. Not the same thing.
Yes indeed, you can still buy new ones.
The new ones are standard grey with generic silver fittings like this.
They replace these colour variants:
And fit these machines:
However, when you are not in the UK, what is usually a killer is the shipping cost to overseas for oversize boxes – in this case about a metre long.
The Post Office and most couriers begin to penalise parcels that are over 700mm in length and the price ramps up.
However, there is a cheaper way to do it – utilise the eBay “Global Shipping Programme”.
The Global Shipping Program (or “GSP”) provides a safe and easy way for sellers to “sell internationally and ship domestically.” The details are taken care of—from helping identify which types of items can be sold where, to completing customs forms, to calculating and providing international shipping with tracking.
All international shipping and import charges are calculated automatically and paid for by the buyer upon checkout. Once an item is sold, the seller sends it to the Global Shipping Center using the shipping method of their choice. After the purchased item arrives at the Shipping Center, the seller’s job is done.
How this benefits you with something like a wand handle is that despite the package being long, eBay’s clout with the couriers mean no size penalties.
You can buy a new Dyson DC04 wand handle >>right here on UK eBay for £29.99 including UK delivery<<. eBay will then charge you a further £11 for the onward shipping of the handle from the UK shipping centre to your door down under.
That is £41 in total which is currently around AUD$66. Including customs clearance and tracking. Nothing else to pay.