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2014-05-09 07:46:59 AM
According to this
http://voices.yahoo.com/the-pros-cons-shopping-rent-center-384585.htm l

A washing machine rental will cost you between $10 and $18 a month. So $30 a month for limited loads seems like a lot. Of course you get a $300 washer vs a $1800 washer. But if you can't buy it outright do you really need all the computer controlled whatsits on a top of the line washer?
 
2014-05-09 08:30:01 AM
The US has been doing this for years, it's called lease-to-own.
 
2014-05-09 08:50:36 AM
Meh.  Another fluff piece.
 
2014-05-09 08:51:22 AM
Isn't this just a coin laundry?
 
2014-05-09 08:53:59 AM

doglover: Isn't this just a coin laundry?


You wash your coins?  Germaphobe?
 
2014-05-09 09:01:02 AM

doglover: Isn't this just a coin laundry?


Seeing this was one of the highlights of my first trip to London.

farm6.staticflickr.com
 
Skr
2014-05-09 09:05:06 AM
Is it really borrowing when you are renting it? Maybe I'm being wrongly pendantic but I wouldn't consider it borrowing when getting something from a Rent-A-Center.

/though borrowing money usually comes with interest hmm.
 
2014-05-09 09:08:08 AM

Skr: Is it really borrowing when you are renting it? Maybe I'm being wrongly pendantic but I wouldn't consider it borrowing when getting something from a Rent-A-Center.

/though borrowing money usually comes with interest hmm.


It's just another form of money laundering.
 
2014-05-09 09:09:18 AM

Diogenes: doglover: Isn't this just a coin laundry?

You wash your coins?  Germaphobe?


Should at least wash your pennies, never know where they've been.
 
2014-05-09 09:10:23 AM
Makes sense, different than a lease to own because it is including service of the machine as well.

Nothing new,  watersofteners are often sold this way,  "Hey Culligan Man"
 
2014-05-09 09:11:00 AM
You people are a bunch of agitators.
 
2014-05-09 09:11:35 AM
TFA is merely a fluff piece.
 
2014-05-09 09:12:30 AM

BumpInTheNight: Diogenes: doglover: Isn't this just a coin laundry?

You wash your coins?  Germaphobe?

Should at least wash your pennies, never know where they've been.


I'd lol more but for some reason I can't get sound on my YouTubes.  It's unmuted and other stuff is making sound.

Need to look that up.  It's getting annoying.
 
2014-05-09 09:13:20 AM
Is there anything the $1,800 machine can do that you really need done to your clothes that the $300 machine can't do?
 
2014-05-09 09:13:28 AM

vudukungfu: You people are a bunch of agitators.


Don't be so judgemental.  You'll get wrinkles.
 
2014-05-09 09:14:39 AM
Knowing the news. It'll get stuck on rinse
 
2014-05-09 09:15:17 AM

BizarreMan: Is there anything the $1,800 machine can do that you really need done to your clothes that the $300 machine can't do?


I was visiting my aunt and uncle recently and they have the super duper set.  I guess it's OK but not for that money.  They are quicker and more economical I guess.  But the clothes wrinkle really bad so you have to iron more.  So the time savings is nullified.  I'm totally OK with my cheap set.
 
2014-05-09 09:26:14 AM

BizarreMan: Is there anything the $1,800 machine can do that you really need done to your clothes that the $300 machine can't do?


Not that I'm aware of, other than collect water in the bottom and smell like mildew (in the case of front loaders vs top loaders)
I moved from one house that had a washer/dryer installed to one that didn't, I made out like a bandit on Craigslist buying my washer and dryer--both came from guys whose wives had insisted on new front loaders so I got a perfectly good washer and gas dryer for $200 combined, both delivered. Both guys said the new ones smelled funny after a couple of weeks and didn't clean as well and hated getting rid of the machine I bought from them.

Better yet, if these break, the parts are easy to find and most older appliances can be fixed by most anyone that has a basic set of tools and can look at a blow-up diagram.
 
2014-05-09 09:28:55 AM
In the world of laundry, the Tide is turning?
 
2014-05-09 09:29:27 AM
paying this way as compared to others will probably be a wash
 
2014-05-09 09:29:47 AM
Just bought a new washer after the last ones entire wiring harness corroded into oblivion after 20 years (and it was never serviced). If you can't afford 1600 bucks every 20 years, you can't afford 30 bucks a month.
 
2014-05-09 09:36:42 AM

Diogenes: vudukungfu: You people are a bunch of agitators.

Don't be so judgemental.  You'll get wrinkles.


Man, why are you causing so much static?
 
2014-05-09 09:38:48 AM

zulius: Diogenes: vudukungfu: You people are a bunch of agitators.

Don't be so judgemental.  You'll get wrinkles.

Man, why are you causing so much static?


If I soften my approach I can't get people to cling to my points.
 
2014-05-09 09:41:55 AM

Weng: Just bought a new washer after the last ones entire wiring harness corroded into oblivion after 20 years (and it was never serviced). If you can't afford 1600 bucks every 20 years, you can't afford 30 bucks a month.


The last washer/dryer set we bought was 17 years ago.  Paid maybe $650 for the set.  I've had replace the element twice, and the thermostat once on the dryer, and the agitator gears once and the door closed sensor once on the washer.  Maybe $100 total for parts and I did the labor myself.

Sure we look at the new ones and go ooooooo.  But as long as the old ones get our clothes clean and dry.  No need to replace them.
 
2014-05-09 09:43:14 AM

Diogenes: zulius: Diogenes: vudukungfu: You people are a bunch of agitators.

Don't be so judgemental.  You'll get wrinkles.

Man, why are you causing so much static?

If I soften my approach I can't get people to cling to my points.


You're putting too much bounty on gaining a tide of cheer.
 
2014-05-09 09:44:51 AM

vudukungfu: You people are a bunch of agitators.


Go soak your head!
 
2014-05-09 09:48:00 AM

buzzcut73: BizarreMan: Is there anything the $1,800 machine can do that you really need done to your clothes that the $300 machine can't do?

Not that I'm aware of, other than collect water in the bottom and smell like mildew (in the case of front loaders vs top loaders)
I moved from one house that had a washer/dryer installed to one that didn't, I made out like a bandit on Craigslist buying my washer and dryer--both came from guys whose wives had insisted on new front loaders so I got a perfectly good washer and gas dryer for $200 combined, both delivered. Both guys said the new ones smelled funny after a couple of weeks and didn't clean as well and hated getting rid of the machine I bought from them.

Better yet, if these break, the parts are easy to find and most older appliances can be fixed by most anyone that has a basic set of tools and can look at a blow-up diagram.


Interesting. I found that our front loader washes better than an old style top loader with agitator.as for the smell... leave the damn door cracked open between loads, and run a cycle with nothing in the washer but a cup of bleach once a month, and you'll never have a problem.
 
2014-05-09 09:53:05 AM
I would be curious to see how their business model breaks down.  Sure they may not be paying full retail for the machines they place.  But how much money are they putting out for overhead and paying for the machines?  Is it really a sustainable model?  Sure we look at the rent-to-own places here in the USA.  But everybody with a brain knows that they're charging out the ass for the items you rent so they're making their money back fast.

This, I'm not sure.
 
2014-05-09 10:14:13 AM
I noticed no mention of dryers.
Hang dry laundry is the only way to go.

/eyeballs laundry basket and does doppler check
 
2014-05-09 10:19:36 AM
The last time I bought a clothes washer was about 11 years ago. Then I was in an appliance showroom last fall and was really sort of shocked at how complicated and fancy the new products are. I mean you can still get your basic 3-button laundromat washer I'm sure, but pretty much all of the front-loading machine they had each had a dozen LEDs, little LCD displays, just crazy complicated. How many keystrokes should I need to wash dirty clothes?
 
2014-05-09 10:20:31 AM
I just moved to a house that didn't come with a washer/dryer and only had room for a stackable set. It sucked to shell out 1200 for the HE front loader set, but they are nice. They probably wash the clothes the same if not a little better than the old style, but they hardly make any noise and they look cool.
And, as far as doing the labor yourself on them, they're really the same concept as the old. There's only a motor, a pump, and a computer panel. One advantage is when the pump, or whatever, gets clogged or goes out, the computer will throw you an error code you can decipher via google. And that's a nice feature.. I can turn a wrench but maybe not diagnose.
 
2014-05-09 10:25:43 AM
Yes. The 800$ machines can have direct drive.. so no belt to squeal or break. They also spin faster so you spend less in the dryer... They also use less water and use half the soap . With no agitator. It is less likely to rip clothes.
 
2014-05-09 10:26:41 AM

Greek: Interesting. I found that our front loader washes better than an old style top loader with agitator.as for the smell... leave the damn door cracked open between loads, and run a cycle with nothing in the washer but a cup of bleach once a month, and you'll never have a problem.


Better make sure you have nothing in pockets with front loaders since the clog way easier.  My co-worker got a new set last year and he just had a repair man out to unclog the water pump due to crap clogging the hole.  He watched the guy do it so he can do it the next time and he said it was retardedly hard to take the thing apart.  My top load is super easy to take apart and I've done it about 3 times now and about a pro at it.
 
2014-05-09 10:51:44 AM

Wellon Dowd: doglover: Isn't this just a coin laundry?

Seeing this was one of the highlights of my first trip to London.

[farm6.staticflickr.com image 640x480]


You REALLY need to get out more.
 
2014-05-09 10:55:11 AM
When we bought our condo several years ago we splurged on nice middle-of-the-line washer/dryer and refrigerator.

Man, that was nice. Felt privileged, even. I looked out at the great less-well-washed and thought "must suck to be in their not-quite-clean clothes that still have detergent in them".

Then we moved out west and have a crappy mini stackable W/D and what I can only assume is a $500 fridge. Damnit.
 
2014-05-09 11:11:42 AM
2600 has an article on how to hack pay laundry machines, interesting read.
 
2014-05-09 11:22:44 AM
Ridiculous.

Anything you use on a daily basis isn't worth renting. Anything you use less than 4 times a year isn't worth buying.
 
2014-05-09 11:25:57 AM

farkeruk: Ridiculous.

Anything you use on a daily basis isn't worth renting. Anything you use less than 4 times a year isn't worth buying.


Same advice my pa gave me about marriage.
 
2014-05-10 01:25:05 AM
Looks like a bargain compared to the $2.25 wash, $2.00 dry I'm paying now. 15 washes x $2.25 = $33.75 and with the drying in, another $30. Total: $63.75 a month (if I did that many loads instead of fewer full-machine loads). Of course my apartment is very small so the issue is how to fit top class machines in. Most of the top of the line machines I've seen are bigger than commercial machines. It doesn't seem to be possible to buy "apartment sized" machines here.

In Europe the machines run longer and wash harder. That's why European clothes are better made. They have to be sturdy to withstand washing. Of course, Europeans pay a lot for water and energy and they don't change their shirts every day so it balances out somewhat--clothes need more washing less often so they are washed harder. The cost is mitigated by less frequent loads but more thorough washing.

Still, I'd love to have a European high tech washer and drier if I could find them small enough and quiet enough and not have to pay for the extra plumbing. I'd love a dishwasher also but they are all built extra-large today. What I need is tough, small, cheap and quiet machines built with the economical and lazy bachelor in mind, not the suburban machines designed for North American Heffalumps, The companies that make these machines make a one-size-fits-all solution to keep costs down. But the costs that should be kept down are environmental and household costs. I don't give a fig for the profits of manufacturers. I want the right size for me.
 
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