"The only way to get a fridge or washing machine that lasts 20 years - isn't to pick up the cheapest Haier / Samsung / LG they can find on sale for under $600..."
Yes, some sanity :-)
To believe that there will be no faults within 10 years is a nonsense .
These are now ,mostly cheaply made consumer grade devices. They are not designed for a 10+ year lifespan. (if its lasts, thats a bonus)
The av Joe will not pay for goods honestly designed & built to last 10-15 years. Those days are gone, get real .
My Simpson washing machine has steel, not stainless, screws. They are all rusted over (as expected). It was build to a price point, not built to last.
My car has lasted 25years, and will last another 5 at least. So if I buy another car , can I get CGA repairs after 20 years?
Of course not.
A 10year lifespan does not mean it wont need some repairs within that lifespan. Thats reality.
Its just that now we dont repair, we replace.
People need to take some personal responsibility for there purchase decisions . Want something to last 5-10 years, then dont buy the budget model.
I feel for the poor retailer, stuck in the middle.
back on topic, I guess a reasonable TV should last 4-5 years though.
Unless its a el cheapo warehouse budget brand : mine faulted after 2 years of almost no use, it was for the spare room ,so not worth the grief of chasing a CGA repair on that.