LOL, OK, I was a little facetious and extreme with that offhand remark. Point taken.
But I've got to say how much I love having a Vitamix at home. I put it off because of the price, then finally getting one, I don't know how I ever went without one.
It will grind whole grains into flour in a snap, which adds greatly to your breadbaking. It will puree soups and sauces to such a velvety consistency you wouldn't get with other devices. It will even juice a carrot into smooth carrot juice. This year when the flood of heirloom tomatoes came on, my husband made sauce and paste by blending the whole tomatoes skins and all, and you would have no idea. He blended in other veggies and herbs for flavor too. I made a nice apple and raspberry jam, skins on the apples and all, it came out a beautiful color, I didn't need to add pectin, and the raspberry seeds disappeared completely. I regularly make flavorful soup broths in there by putting in raw veggies like tomatoes, celery, onions, carrots, sweet peppers, herbs, etc., and blending to a smooth consistency.
I find as everything is made cheaper and cheaper, it's rare to find a sturdy well made simple appliance that has power and durability. This one's made in USA, a simple design, and a seven year full warranty to back it up. When I thought I burned mine out, forcing sprouted wheat into the blades with almost no liquid, and the protector switch disabled it, I called the company to say I thought I wrecked the blender, and they offered to send a courier to pick it up and courier another machine to me, but advised me that it's probably just been protected by the overload switch (which it was). I have a blender graveyard of old blenders burned out (including my Cuisinart one), you get the sense with the Vitamix that you're set, and won't have to buy more new blenders down the road.
I think of it as another appliance in the kitchen, stove, food processor, dishwasher, etc. to justify the cost, it does more than replace a basic blender. But if all someone needs is a basic blender, then the Consumer Reports best buy one I mentioned is about $50, and sounds like you got a great one that meets your needs KYheirloomer. The Vitamix showed me "needs" I didn't even know I had before I got it, and I love that darned machine!