According to a recent article on the environmental blog Grist, we have Walmart to thank for our stuff falling apart.
The argument goes like this: thanks to Walmart's never-ending quest to
lower prices, we're seeing a steady drop in the quality and durability
of clothing, electronics, and other items. This means we have to replace
our stuff more, which in turn means we're spending more and doing
damage to the environment.
I recently had the unfortunately experience of having the bearing go on my dryer and had to decide if I would fix it or replace it. This is never an easy choice and was especially painful because it's the most convenient, easy to use dryer we've ever owned. For the curious, I should say that it was a Fisher & Paykel, top load, drum, propane dryer. It's so much easier to get at laundry reaching straight down, rather than trying to bend over and reach into the back from the side.
A few weeks ago I recounted my attempts to find and buy a new washing machine. If you remember, I was trying to find a good reliable front load machine and for around $500, but failed.
So, after taking a few weeks off, I redoubled my efforts and sharpened my saving tools. I had tried, and tried again to buy a deeply discounted unit from the Sears Outlet store, but was stymied by their not quite real time inventory. I certainly liked their prices and selection, but seeing as the inventory is so limited it looked like a "Brick & Mortar" visit was in order.
When our tax refund came this year, after much discussion me and the missus decided to buy a new front load washing machine. There were many large purchases considered, but the washer was the most logical choice. Now if only choosing the best front load washer was as simple!
Are you thinking about buying new appliances for your home? This could be anything from a refrigerator to a washer and dryer set. As you begin to shop around, you will notice one thing: appliances cost a lot of money. Of course, there are ways that you can save.
Here are three tips for saving money on new appliances: