So let me rephrase my question: To the raw foodists out there--can you get by on a cheaper blender?
I don't know what to tell you. I *lurve* my Vitamix. It is the most versatile and productive appliance I own (and it has a 7 year warranty so if it breaks they fix it.)
Someone around these parts (MDC - Nutrition Forums) mentioned that the Vitamix patents ran out in the recent past and that "knock-off" versions are beginning to show up. She got hers in a restaurant supply store. For me, that would be Smart & Final, but there are others. Maybe you could check out that avenue???
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." - Mother Teresa
i have seen (and missed!) a few decent deals on craigslist, though.
Mama to DS (6/07) , DD (6/09) , and DD (07/12) ..
Today, my DH made himself smoothies/drinks twice, and I've made them once. We may be new to it, but we're very happy so far!
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.