Monday, 14 March 2011

Things aren't built to last these days...

Wow, things really aren't built to last as long as they used to. So far in the past month we've either replaced or repaired our TV (a Samsung LN46A650), our Microwave (a Panasonic NNSA647B), and our water heater.

We've had the TV for about two years, but it started doing this thing where when you turn it on, it would turn itself off and on a few times before ever showing any audio or video. At first it'd turn off/on about once or twice, but gradually got worse... I counted as much as 13 times once of it shutting itself off and coming back on again, but I'm sure there was a time when it did it even more, I just got tired of counting. Good thing we paid for the extended warranty from Fry's when we bought it, so we were able to get it fixed for free.

Our microwave was about three years old and then one day I noticed it wouldn't heat anything at all. A few days later, it would give an H97 error message. We ended up just buying a new one. Our previous microwave before the Panasonic lasted probably about 27 years... and still worked when we got rid of it, but just took longer to heat things up.

I'm not sure what was wrong with our water heater. It was leaking or something, but we got that fixed too.

Seems like something else will fall apart soon too - our washing machine. It is terribly loud and sounds like a jet about to take off. It wasn't so loud just a few months ago. We haven't had this washer and dryer for very long, probably just about three years as well. The dryer already had to be repaired after about a year because it made this loud banging noise and now it looks like the washer will have to get fixed next. Our previous washer and dryer probably lasted about 25+ years as well.

Just seems like things these days just aren't built as well as they used to be.

3 Comments:

At 17 March 2011 at 23:52 , Blogger STRANGER said...

Correctly observed; these days things don’t last long or I should say, things are not made to last longer in order to have continuous demand.

The articles bought some 20 years back were made to satisfy customers and therefore it was produced maintaining quality, but today, products are made to sell with attractive wrappers and advertisements.

I call this, “cheating”.

 
At 23 March 2011 at 02:58 , Blogger Sharmeela said...

thanks !

 
At 8 April 2011 at 08:23 , OpenID formerlydelirious said...

Or not handled or managed as they are supposed to be. Oh pls dont fret that's the engineer talking in me.

On a serious note, quality is an issue these days. Higher cost of labour and cut throat competition has pushed the manufacturing hub to China and far east as the customer becomes increasingly cost conscious. Though quality is much trumpted but standards have deteriorated for sure.

Nice blog btw! Good to have stumbled upon that

 

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