Friday, October 22, 2010
Since building our home in 2007, I have been very disappointed in some of the kitchen appliances. We did not buy cheap .. but middle of the road quality/price. To date, my microwave, dishwasher, and fridge have all needed some repairs. Even the range, which had an electronic starter go on the fritz has been worked on. Our high efficiency washing machine purchased in 2004 was replaced in 2006 with a less high tech model that uses more water and has no electronic brain. I'm not sure the dishwasher will get replaced anytime soon should it completely go kaput; I can envision a nice calico curtain on a rod with storage shelves for my cast iron pans in this space. Product quality seems to have been replaced with customer no-service .. or at the least ... expensive repair bills (or extra insurance policies) that are about half the original cost of the product. We need to re-invent quality USA made products instead of importing junk. How did our country come so far as to send a man to the moon ... and yet have such poorly made foreign products for sale .. and a HUGE percent of the population out of work? Government manipulation, big unions, and a less than united front in the workforce have contributed to this demise. My pocketbook has been emptied .. but no more. This same trend has not been just for large ticket items. I have had countless small appliances (shall I mention coffee makers) that have stopped working just as the warranty expired. Next up will be my rant about dinner plates!