Access to the World Wide Web can:
1) Scare you senseless.
2) Make you sick.
3) Empower you.
4) All of the above.
I’m in the market for a new clothes washer and am getting an education. Caveat Emptor 101.
One can assume if a person buys a product which turns out to be a lemon, one way to vent is to hop on the WWW and write a product review.
But, when the best review you run across is from a woman who is overjoyed her clothes washer lasted six years before it conked out, you begin to get a picture of product quality today, and it’s not pretty.
According to the GE-certified repairman who paid a visit Wednesday, my GE washer was made in 1986. I bought it, second-hand, 11 years ago for $130. I’m told it looks brand new. After 25 years, it sprung a leak and cannot be repaired.
I got my money’s worth. Which is more than today’s consumer can say if review after review is any sign.
Examining a number of washers in various price ranges - short of a king's ransom - one can expect, from reviews, a product life span of about two years.
Remember the one word of advice Benjamin gets in “The Graduate:” “Plastics.” Well, welcome to the world of washer tubs and gears made of plastic – instead of porcelain-coated metal. Imagine a load of clothes and 30 gallons of water being jostled by plastic parts!
I am a firm believer in the old axiom, "You get what you pay for." Essentially, you need to calculate the average per month of what is spent before a plastic gear tooth breaks, a motor burns out or your floor is flooded. Factor in the cost of a repair visit before learning your “new” washer can’t be fixed. Because, basically, your purchase is nothing more thn "Rent a Wreck."
Answer to the WWW question: all of the above.
I don’t drive, so laundromats are not an option.
Anyone got an old washer, halfway through its prime, for sale?