Cheap is now the First Name

I found this on my Facebook and thought to myself, so true. I can remember my parents talking about appliances and different things such as the furnace and water heater. Things seemed pricey then, but I don’t think as out of range as it is today.

When families saved up for a major item in their home, they saved, bought, and knew they would get their money’s worth for several years. Yes, maybe there was a repair or two, but nothing too big.

Today, everything seems to be made out of plastic, when the manufactures can get by with it and it does seem they get by with it. A refrigerator that once lasted for twenty years is now lucky to have a life for five years.

My dad and grandpa went to homes on furnace calls. You remember when professionals made house calls? I can. Today, the house call cost your arm and leg, and God forbid, if you have to have something replaced, even if it does look small, it cost mighty big dollars.

Everything is made cheap today, even automobiles. The gain of today’s world is money, how much money can be made. The only one who loses, it seems, is the consumer. People don’t get “breaks” today like they used to.

I wish I was an adult in my parents time. Yes, they worked hard for their money, just like we do today, but you got your money’s worth and a handshake still mattered on a deal.

4 thoughts on “Cheap is now the First Name

  1. I agree, Terry. And we do get “breaks”, only they are break-downs, not price breaks. 🙂 Having lived in an apartment all of my adult life I have never had to buy major appliances. I still have the original stove that was in this apartment when I moved in in 1977. The building was about 3 years old then. The oven isn’t working, but I’m hoping it can be fixed. They replaced the original fridge years ago and this one is working fine. Hopefully it will remain so. I did buy a dishwasher, and it has been working well too. Thankfully I have not had to have it serviced, as I know it costs an arm and a leg, and I can’t spare either! Even houses built in the past few years don’t seem very solid and things go wrong all too soon. There is no pride in workmanship any more and no shame in gouging people for poorly manufactured items. Recently I had to buy a new can opener, and the one I chose had, surprisingly, a 3-year warranty! I didn’t think something as small as that would have any kind of warranty. I was impressed.

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    • You are lucky to have found anything with a warranty. This is a plastic world for sure. I have my own washer and dryer. I don’t buy refrigerators etc either since I rent. There is something to say about renting. Not having the responsibility of fixing things can be a nice thing.


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