FOWC with Fandango — Durable

Sometimes buying the most expensive is not necessary getting value for money.
Buying the best you can afford might be though.
These days, whatever we buy has to be durable and practical for the purpose.
We are a throwaway society, so why spend £20 or £30 on getting something fixed when you can buy a new one for a few pounds more.
Hubby called it BER, beyond economical repair.
Is it cost-effective to pay out for constant repairs, throwing good money after bad as they used to say, rather than bite the bullet and have new?

MIL bought a new washing machine. She didn’t need to, just that she didn’t like the way her existing one beeped continuously when the cycle had finished.
A few weeks later, we washed ‘one brick too many’ when doing some house alterations and knackered the drum on our washing machine so had to replace it. Bad timing on our part as we could have had her old one, beep and all.
Anyway, the one we purchased was the same as hers apart from the name on the front (ours was actually a subsidiary company) and colour of the dials, and cost less than half what she paid. She also had a lot of trouble with it.
After six years, ours was still going, despite the member of shop staff saying washing machines usually only lasted a couple of years.

Written for FOWC

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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3 Responses to FOWC with Fandango — Durable

  1. Paula Light says:

    Agreed! We went from a generation who reused and fixed and mended and saved to one who now throws everything away. But for some things it is cheaper to buy new than to fix, which is sad.

    • We’ve always made do and if it’s anything elcetrical with a three pin plug on it, Hubby can usually fix it. But when parts are unobtainable or cost a fortune to source, it;s usually cheaper to replace. Mad.

  2. Sadje says:

    Best value for the money is the best principle.

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