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Thursday, July 14, 2016

New Washer, Sort Of

You may remember my complaining about the washing machine I got before Christmas. I hate it. About three inches of water runs into the tub. Some things never get wet. It is like a gentle wash on all cycles. There are days when I want a little more water for dirty things, no crowding, and a rousing swishing to get dirt out.

Last week, I found one at an appliance store that had a button to push for a full tub. As we were going there, I realize another appliance store was next to it, one I had not looked at for a washing machine. HA! I found what I wanted for same price as the one I have and hate. Plus, it was $125 less than the first one I found last week.

I did not get it right then. Exbf was cranky. When we went back 30 minutes later, it had sold! I was so mad I could spit. I was grumbling so and going on about how that was hard to believe, a very unhappy woman. So, two guys came out and told here there was another. She was unaware of this. Yep, another washer just like the one I had wanted.

This is a "rent to own" place. They kept correcting me when I said "lease." This was a return. The woman had it for 14 months. I don't know if the saleswoman was making the rest up as she went or if it is the truth. In response to my comments, she said the pickup guys told her the woman was very clean. Then, she said the woman was returning it because she was moving to a place without a washing machine hookup.


At any rate, I have two machines. One is waiting here to be picked up. The other is waiting to be delivered. I am soooo happy.

Now, I can wash blankets, bedspreads, things that the other would not because of the lack of sufficient in the tub. Otherwise, I was going to have to make trips to the laundromat with items I cannot pick up.

Oh, the Hotpoint I am returning has plastic gears. The Amana I am getting does not. Delivery and setup charge is $25. I paid $50 to have the one I have now delivered and set up. They are even furnishing new hoses. I know I have to have new hoses, but before I had to buy hoses.

At first, I was horrified to think I was getting a used machine from a place that probably has roaches. It just all seems so icky to me. Then, I thought about how horrid public machines in laundromats are. I calmed down. This will be my first used appliance, so I am still nervous. The washer I am returning after six months is so awful, that anything is better. It evens feels flimsy.

I could buy one cheaper and used out of the paper, but I have no one to do these things--pick it up, bring it here, carry it in the house, an hook it up. None of these are rocket science, but I would have to pay someone to do it all. The store is just the more expedient option.

Your turn
Do you only buy new appliances or used? Have you ever gotten a used appliance that was a dud? I have never returned an appliance. Have you?

12 comments:

  1. Do a load of just bleach water through it and it should be fine. I've had to use laundromats, but frankly, that is where I used to take the dog blankets and towels and didn't like the idea of having to wash my clothes there. I think I've always had new appliances, but then I always pass the used ones that still run along to my daughter, who has almost always had used. :)

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  2. Jane,
    They said they steamed cleaned it before resale. Bleach sounds like a good idea. When I get through with and appliance, it needs repair or is completely shot. At least your daughter knows who used it. Yuck. Dog blankets! I probably wash after dog stuff!

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  3. Linda I have had to use the laundromat and I have bought used washers. I guessi am not a fastidious person. But I do think hot water and bleach will take care of anything. My local laundromat charges eight dollars for their large machines!.I bought a set up for the garden hose and spray my blankets hanging on the line. Like I said, not fastidious.

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    1. carol,
      A person could buy a machine for what it costs to go to the laundromat! I cannot drag the hose that far. The blankets are too heavy for me to get over the line, even dry. People don't realize how bad I hurt.

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  4. I had a front loader. I bought it new about 6 years ago, top of the line. I hated it. Sure, it ses less water, but you have to do twice as many loads! I loved it for pillows, though. When something went wrong, we just replaced with another top loader.
    Yor machine should have a "clean washer" cycle.
    Used appliances don't bother me. Bleach and hot water work wonders. Personally, except for the cost,I like the laundromat. I can get 5 loads of laundry, plus bedding done in 2 hours!

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    1. Meg B.,
      I am just not physically capable of getting bedspreads, loads of clothes down stairs, to car and into laundromat. I had a friend put a bedspread into car, had a guy at laundromat put it into the washer, and had someone else put it into the dryer and had someone else put it into car and friend to bring it back into the house. whew

      The washers at the laundromat had hair, dog hair, tissues, all sort of stuff, so cleaning the one I looked at is nothing.

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  5. We bought a new machine that was quite flimsey and didn't last. My husband was complaining to an appliance repair shop owner. He told my husband that he had an older used machine he had rebuilt that would really last.
    I was so glad to have that used machine! It has lasted!
    I guess I am not fastidious either!
    Patti in CA

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    1. Patti,
      I did shop for a used one. I found a set last fall that the man would not split. Then, I found one that someone snatched from under me. Then, I found some forty-year-old rusty ones.

      I am not so fastidious, but gave up on that as sometimes I had to pick them up myself. That takes guys with trucks. All the guys I know who have trucks were working and just busy. I need different friends? The ones for hire, not friends where all so expensive.

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  6. I do not have appliances but little elves who come out at night and tidy things up. Alas they often forget to separate the colours from the whites.

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    1. Ur-spo,
      I must have elves who can sort! Especially, I would like elves who wash dishes. By the way, what does "ur-spo" mean?

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  7. this is cut/pasted from my page 'who is Urspo"

    I started blogging in February, 2006. I use the pen name “Ur-Spo”, as “Ur” suggests something ancient and primordial while “Spo” is a funny sounding word I remember from youth. Saying it always made me smile.”Ur-Spo” sounds like the start of a joke, or something archetypal and comic. It is a rather lofty pen name , for someone who just wants to write dribble.

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    1. Ur-spo,
      I thought of Ur of the Chaldees. "Spo" was a mystery. I suppose it is funny to a little boy.

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