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Products designed to break after the warranty exp.

Post by QRM » Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:19 am

I bought a Electrolux vacuum cleaner and thought I will splash out and get the expensive one, the logic being more expensive = better quality. Just after the warranty expires it packs in, and it was going to take a while to repair.

Not wanting any dust to spoil the silken sheen on my Jimmy Choo monogrammed slippers, I bought the same Vacuum while the other gets repaired, today a year and bit later the new one packs in and just out of warranty! I am sure when they bench test motors they make sure components last for just over a year, otherwise we will never go back to the shop, I will still be using my granny's equipment.

Has anyone tried these Romba I-robot vacuum or are they total kack and only sell because they appeal to the inner geek.

Probably cheaper attach the vacuum hose to an orchard tower cutie with big lips and ingrowing ears.

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Post by longstebe » Fri, 14 Jan 2011 12:22 pm

How many times do we need to tell you QRM, you don't need to hoover your carpets for 5 hrs everday. :lol:

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Re: Products designed to break after the warranty exp.

Post by nakatago » Fri, 14 Jan 2011 12:42 pm

QRM wrote:I bought a Electrolux vacuum cleaner and thought I will splash out and get the expensive one, the logic being more expensive = better quality. Just after the warranty expires it packs in, and it was going to take a while to repair.

Not wanting any dust to spoil the silken sheen on my Jimmy Choo monogrammed slippers, I bought the same Vacuum while the other gets repaired, today a year and bit later the new one packs in and just out of warranty! I am sure when they bench test motors they make sure components last for just over a year, otherwise we will never go back to the shop, I will still be using my granny's equipment.

Has anyone tried these Romba I-robot vacuum or are they total kack and only sell because they appeal to the inner geek.

Probably cheaper attach the vacuum hose to an orchard tower cutie with big lips and ingrowing ears.

Insert "Made in China" joke here...

...but seriously, things are defective by design. Stuff aren't just made to last anymore because they want you to keep buying newer stuff from them.
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Post by x9200 » Fri, 14 Jan 2011 1:53 pm

QRM wrote:I bought a Electrolux vacuum cleaner and thought I will splash out and get the expensive one, the logic being more expensive = better quality. Just after the warranty expires it packs in, and it was going to take a while to repair.

Not wanting any dust to spoil the silken sheen on my Jimmy Choo monogrammed slippers, I bought the same Vacuum while the other gets repaired, today a year and bit later the new one packs in and just out of warranty! I am sure when they bench test motors they make sure components last for just over a year, otherwise we will never go back to the shop, I will still be using my granny's equipment.

Most likely coincident. Such product are typically designed to last around 5 years.

Has anyone tried these Romba I-robot vacuum or are they total kack and only sell because they appeal to the inner geek.

It is not a total kack but I think it is still the later. We got one 3-4y ago (still with us), it works more-less the way it suppose to, looks attractive, eats some dirt and your cables but it is not that practical - you need to protect all your cables and put "lighthouses" everywhere you have thresholds etc. If you run it 3x a week you need to empty it weekly or more often. Besides, their Singapore service sucks outstandingly and to that extent I buy all the consumables from the States.

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Post by durain » Fri, 14 Jan 2011 6:57 pm

QRM, you must be very demanding. vacuum cleaner is like human, if you do the same job all the time, one day you will get sick of it and wont suck no more. :P :D

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 14 Jan 2011 8:31 pm

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Re: Products designed to break after the warranty exp.

Post by ksl » Sat, 15 Jan 2011 12:22 pm

nakatago wrote:
QRM wrote:I bought a Electrolux vacuum cleaner and thought I will splash out and get the expensive one, the logic being more expensive = better quality. Just after the warranty expires it packs in, and it was going to take a while to repair.

Not wanting any dust to spoil the silken sheen on my Jimmy Choo monogrammed slippers, I bought the same Vacuum while the other gets repaired, today a year and bit later the new one packs in and just out of warranty! I am sure when they bench test motors they make sure components last for just over a year, otherwise we will never go back to the shop, I will still be using my granny's equipment.

Has anyone tried these Romba I-robot vacuum or are they total kack and only sell because they appeal to the inner geek.

Probably cheaper attach the vacuum hose to an orchard tower cutie with big lips and ingrowing ears.

Insert "Made in China" joke here...

...but seriously, things are defective by design. Stuff aren't just made to last anymore because they want you to keep buying newer stuff from them.
I agree that electronic components can be manipulated to last a shorter time. It doesn't make any sense to make a product to last 4 or 5 years without repair, unless you are specifically selling a high quality brand. Products made in China on licence are in general more unreliable unless monitored by US or EU quality controls, and I doubt they are for Asian markets. So a US model or European model will be of a higher quality in my opinion, but you will pay the equivalent price as in the home country or more.

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Re: Products designed to break after the warranty exp.

Post by x9200 » Sat, 15 Jan 2011 12:33 pm

ksl wrote:It doesn't make any sense to make a product to last 4 or 5 years without repair, unless you are specifically selling a high quality brand.
Not sure what do you mean by high quality brand but if the product gets broken within 1-3y for any established brands (Sony, Siemens, Panasonic, Philips, Sharp etc) could be very damaging. Electrolux is such establish brand. On the other hand I agree this would also depend on the target market.

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