Vitamix is located in North Olmsted, Ohio and it's expanding!
That's a suburb of Cleveland, and not far from me. They plan on adding an additional 100 jobs! Really exicted.
I have a 3600 plus I bought on Ebay after eyeing them so long. I got very lucky-it seems like it was hardly if ever used. Stickers intact, and clean! From the 80's.
I don't exactly recommend that, but keep watch for sales. QVC often has them discounted with free shipping. I know 4 people to get them in the last year.
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good