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Jesus! One of the sponsors for NPR is the maker of the Herman Miller Aeron chair. I finally decided that the ad had wormed itself into my brain enough to look it up. $800- $1500 for an office chair?! Has anyone sat in one of these? Are they actually worth a thousand bucks?

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pricciar
Oct. 16th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
They are really nice. Super comfortable. My friend who worked at a dot com in the middle of that madness had one. I imagine the only reason they can charge that much is because big offices can afford to buy them and write them off or something. But, damn, so much better than a standard office chair.

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anitavacation
Oct. 16th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
My butt resides in one for up to nine hours a day. It is a fabulous chair but isn't remotely worth a thousand bucks. There are copycat chairs at lower prices but the biggest difference is the HM mesh seat: REALLY comfy - just don't fart.
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jamespolk
Oct. 16th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
I've been sitting in one most days for the last decade.

Yes, they are indeed mighty fine (once you get it adjusted to you, randomly sitting in someone else's for several hours will find uncomfortable pressure points). But I've never been able to justify buying one for home use.
justplainbryan
Oct. 16th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
I worked in an Aeron chair back when I was working for a dot com in 2000. It's a wonderful chair, very comfortable, and very adjustable. It was also very airy so your butt didn't overheast if you sat on it for a really long time.

Is it worth the 800 bucks? No, but then I have a hard believing any chair is worth 800 dollars. Unless it had a built in massager and mini fridge under the seat.

You know who buys aeron chairs? IBM, Google, Yahoo, and other big IT names that have no problem shelling out a grand just to stroke a programmer's ego. That's where Aeron makes their money. They know the average Joe Consumer will have the same reaction you do.
digirb_backward
Oct. 16th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
their shop is across the street from my work. did you know almost all official office chairs are around 600-1000? crazy. it costs more these days for the kosher design- aka they dont hurt people so they can sit and work longer, harder.
sze
Oct. 16th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
not worth the money. we had them at my very first dotcom. no chair is unless it can give you an orgasm, do your laundry, cook you food, take the dogs out and massage your feet.

nymysys
Oct. 17th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
That was my first thought: "Does it give head, too?"
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delphica
Oct. 17th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
Ha, this is famous at my office because we hired this guy who bought one (on the company dime) without asking anyone, and we were all scandalized. After he got fired (for other stuff, the chair was just the thin end of the wedge), we took turns passing it around the office. It's a solidly good chair, but not worth the price tag. I think some of the cost has to do with the fact that most (I'm guessing) purchasers are companies, not individual people -- office furniture is crazy marked up, and then they give you discounts for large orders, which I guess is supposed to make you feel good or something.

After this incident, we also had a chair-off, where we got three sample chairs, one a Aeron knock-off for about $900, another chair that was supposed to have some of the same ergonomic benefits but looked like a more typical office chair for about $650, and then this chair called the "Plan B" that has a great reputation with people who like a really, really, firm chair that was about $350. At the end of this, what we learned is that different people like different chairs, so you have to sit in them in person, and for a while, before deciding you need a $1000 chair.
jamespolk
Oct. 17th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
I would say one advantage of the Aeron over other office chairs I've used is that while the comfort isn't a great improvement at any given time I can sit in the Aeron for 14 hours without discomfort. Whereas a couple hours in my chair at home and my butt starts to get sore.

That's why I never get around to buying a nice chair for home. When I'm in the store they all feel great. But I can't put in a double shift in any of them to see how I like them 12 hours later.
stormodacentury
Oct. 17th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
I would say one advantage of the Aeron over other office chairs I've used is that while the comfort isn't a great improvement at any given time I can sit in the Aeron for 14 hours without discomfort.

This is exactly how I feel about the Air-Ride seats in tractor-trailers. I can seriously drive all. day. long. without getting fatigued (in a good one).
xviragox
Oct. 17th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
I have one at work. It's nice, but...meh. I had to give up on the lumbar support because it kept working itself off the track.
srb
Oct. 17th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
I'd never shell out the cash for one, but I had one for several years at OpenTV, and I loooooved it.
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petre
Dec. 13th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
i spent 12 hours a day as a communications watch officer in pt reyes.
sitting in those chairs made it pretty tolerable.
with most chairs, you have to rock to one side to fart. not the case with those guys. just let 'em rip. breathable, fartable materials was one of their marketing points.
also, a friend found a broken one on a curb in roseland.
they've got a lifetime guarantee, so he found a brand new one in the ghetto.
democritus
Dec. 13th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a great deal for your friend. That sounds like a pretty neat job, were you out by the lighthouse where all those antennas(antennae?) and stuff are?
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