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Rose 2 month s ago
#6 I have the washing machine, but not the dryer. Made in the 70s and has only had worn rubber parts replaced, and is still used 3-4 times a week.
       
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Abednego 2 month s ago
#6. And I have an 8 year old GE dryer that might have to be scrapped because it has a broken power button and they no longer make the part.
The repair man said he couldn’t fix it but I’m going to try to myself after watching a YT video.
Planned obsolescence is such BS and SO wasteful.
GE. Never again.
       
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Caleb 2 month s ago
I remember getting on the bus with my Mom to take her GE steam iron to the repair shop near MacArthur Park in L.A. They descaled the water reservoir and replaced the heating element, and did both for $3.75. They did the work while we saw 2 movies at the nearby theater. Admission was $1.00 for her and $.50 for me. She continued to use that iron until it became too heavy for her, and it was still working when she gave it to friends who owned the dry cleaners across the street from her apartment. Today, almost everything us built to be discarded and replaced, not repaired, and almost none of it is being built in the country that originally made the manufacturers wealthy.
       
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Zeb 2 month s ago
Caleb,
You beat me to it, nothing is made to be repaired anymore. There's no money in it for the companies.
       
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Midge 2 month s ago
Zeb,
uh yeah there is. big companies are suing and creating laws so people no longer have the "right to repair" or take apart any devices. Recently Apple sent a team of lawyers to my small city to fight for the law so no company could repair or sell 2nd hand iPhones.
       
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Tavia 2 month s ago
Midge,
So in 2 years when the product is "obsolete" and they stop repairing it they will offer to sell you the new model but it will so you'll have no choice. They don't want you to be able to go anywhere but to them. And even then those devices are unlikely to last decades even if the companies were willing to repair them.
       
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