New Washing Machines
Do new washing machines work
as well as the old ones
In the past, washing machines were built as high-quality machines that promised good performance (i.e. clean clothes) and a long life. Many companies that produced washing machines expanded their businesses based upon the reputation of their machines.
The public bought these washing machines because they were regarded as durable and effective. However, times have changed. Today, as competition has become fierce and companies are forced to become increasingly cost-efficient, washing machines are often produced to lower-quality standards.
Why Has Washing Machine Quality Diminished?
First, there are newer model washing machines that are built according the high-quality standards. Unfortunately, the companies that produce these machines are forced to charge high prices for them.
This is due to the ever-rising costs of materials and production. Most of these costs are passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices. At the heart of this issue lies the key regarding why most newer washing machines are lower-quality than models from long ago.
While competition has spiked in recent decades, the public has become more price-conscious about their washing machines. Lower prices attract consumer attention.
Realizing the consumer dynamic in an aggressively-competitive environment, companies began slashing prices on their washing machines to meet the demands of the public. Unfortunately, cutting prices requires cutting the cost of production for these machines.
As a result, cheaper materials are used in order to produce washing machines for lower prices. Cheaper materials inevitably lead to low-quality production.
How Long Will A New Washing Machine Last?
Older model washing machines were expected to last a long time. Often, people purchased these machines with the expectation of never having to replace them.
If repairs were needed, the cost of such repairs was low compared to the cost of repairing a washing machine today. As a result, people rarely replaced their machines.
Newer washing machines often need repairs after a few years. This is largely due to the lower-quality materials used to build the machines.
Unfortunately, the cost of such repairs has increased dramatically over the years. As repair costs has risen, the price points of washing machines has plummeted (again, to meet consumer demand).
In essence, the chasm that once existed between the cost of repair and the cost of replacement has become a minor rift.
Because the costs of repair and replacement are similar, many people choose to simply replace their washing machines when they malfunction. This tendency has shortened the effective lifespan of these machines.
Are We Better Off?
It's difficult to know for certain whether we are better off today for having lower-priced washing machines available to us. When considering the shorter lifespan of newer machines, the financial benefit may be negligible.
In truth, longer-lasting, yet higher-priced washing machines may hold more benefit, if only because they require less time to replace.
In the end, most people choose to purchase a low-priced machine even if they act according to a misperceived financial benefit.
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