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RE: throw away society

Boy, can I identify with that!  My first refrigerator was 50 years old when
we retired it to the garage as a freezer (because it froze everything
anyway.)  I think it lasted as a freezer for another 7 years or so when we
finally gave it to someone else as a freezer.  Who knows how long it really
lasted.  My second fridge only lasted 20 years, and our previous Bun coffee
maker was 21 years old and would have lasted a while longer if the company
hadn't quit carrying the part we needed.  My previous dryer was about 17
years old when we could no longer get parts for it. My current dryer is only
10 and we're having trouble getting parts and service.  UGH!  

It just seems our disposable society has moved into hard appliances as well
as paper plates and such.  I find it depressing.  

One good point: I found dad's old shovel which is older than me and its in
great shape!  It still has a useful life and I know that dad only replaced
the wooden handle 7 or 8 times.  


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of kmrsy@comcast.net
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 3:26 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] throw away society

This  situation I'm about to describe has much to do with some of the other
things we've been complaining about recently.

I have mentioned that I'm getting my kitchen updated a bit. While I'm at
it I thought I would replace the electronic touch-pad clock assembly on
my gas stove. The down-arrow contacts are 'bad', so when I touch 'bake',
the temp starts at 350 degrees and I can't decrease the temp. I've
checked everywhere and no one will repair the unit, so I ordered a new
clock assembly. Sears has discontinued it. What!!??! It's only 12 years
old! "Well, ma'm, 10 yrs is the life expectancy of a stove." What!!??!
This stove cost over $1000, and I fully expected to get a minimum of 20
years, and more like 40 years out of it. And as I mentioned before, I
don't cook much, so I should get more years out of a stove than a family

So then I tried Repairclinic.com and they say "the mfg has changed the
part # to...." I check sears.com and they indicate they have it but
Sears by phone also said they had the original #, billed me for it, but
couldn't send it because it was discontinued. From checking back and
forth I now know that GE built this Kenmore range, and it's the GE #
that is supposedly available at RepairClinic.com. So I tried GE directly
with their part#. "Sorry ma'm, that part's been discontinued."

Can anyone tell me why these places carry parts only during the warranty
period, when, if the appliance is reasonably well-built, it will easily
outlive that period? The time for things to go wrong is 10 yrs out.
THAT's when you want repair parts! But they discontinue them in the
expectation that you'll have to scrap it and by a new one.

Well, nothin-doin! No more 200 degree cheesecake here. If it can't be
made at 350+, I ain't cookin' it. And I'm not buying another new stove.


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