Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cool Old People II

  That's our local (and only) washer dryer repair man.  Ninety years young.  Wrestled that dryer out of his pickup bed and up three steps all by himself.  He asked me what I was going to do when he died.  I replied that I guessed I would have to go get a book.

  We really have too much of a throw away culture.  It's not all our fault though.  We were talking about replacing a dial on top of the washer and he asked me how much I thought it would cost.  I guessed $50; he said closer to $150.  All because "They" want you to buy a new one.  I suspect that those days may not last forever.  Economy being the way it is, I figure more people will start demanding repair rather than replacement.  Probably happening already; I understand the fix it business is being recommended as a wise career choice for young people. 



  1. A couple of years ago, my stove needed repair. The cost of repair was more than I paid for it 2 years before. It was more than it would cost to buy a new one. So, I did buy a new one. This time without all of the fancy electronics.

  2. Good point Chris, the lack of actual hands on repair people IS driving mfgrs to just build throw away high dollar appliances... sigh...

  3. Yeah, last year the heating element in our dryer shorted out. We called around to many places and the cost was around $350. I finally found one place selling it for $155. The place I bought it from stated that it was a way to get you to buy a new one.

    It is very sad to me that our country has become such a disposable society.

  4. My washer and dryer are 30 and 35 years old, respectively. My almost-seventy year old repair guy retired last year. With one exception, I've not needed parts that aren't fairly common. Hoping they last another year or so - will sell them to the landlord when I leave.