Monthly Archives: July 2016
The Consumer reports appliance rating is perhaps the most robust and through of any such metric on the market today. It can leap you to the top performing appliances on the market without fail. These most of the time refer to your dishwasher and refrigerator. Their reliability and charts are second to none all the while they aim to help you find the brands that are least likely to break down which is the biggest thing in my opinion, because who gives a damn how good your washing machine is if it breaks down after only a couple of uses. So lets face it we can go around and figure out exactly what is the best product for you and your family to buy, but if you do not make the right decision on where to buy it from you could be looking at some big time dollar losses, I’m talking in the hundreds and no one wants that, no matter how rich you are because you feel as if you are getting duped.
To guide you in this decision making process the National Research Center asked about 56 thousand subscribers about their experience purchasing more than 80 thousand major and small home appliances from the fall of 2014 through the fall of 2015. This is without doubt the most robust sample size of this kind. The survey found lots of insightful things and looking into the major home centers like Lowe’s Home Depot and Sears which did the most business in 2015.
What they found is that for the most part everything is negotiable and when it comes to buying your next home appliance haggling pays of. In the minds of most consumers it doesn’t seem like this could be the case, and as we found just about 14 percent of all appliance buyers tried to negotiate a better price with their purchase. Among these major appliance shoppers who did in fact haggle those who succeeded saved an average of about 120 dollars. Simply asking for a better price will likely get you one. So seize the day and although it can be awkward you should just go for it and get the deal you want.
Another important finding was that although the big box stores ranked in the lions share of the more than 27 billion dollar a year industry of appliance sales from 2015, mom and pop stores haven’t disappeared entirely. They are still a great way to go if you are trying to look for a more hands on shopping experience. From start to finish. And they are willing to negotiate more easily because they are in a position where they are more closely aware of how things work and what to expect if they do or do not give it to you at the price described.
Finally one thing that was pretty surprising was that you should consider skipping the extended warranty. We’ve all been there and we don’t want to be in no mans land when it comes to a broken appliance but the studies show is that you are not actually going to benefit from the investment.
In seems like in the past years there has been a kind of general leveling in our culture and the distinctions that constitute the meaningful distinctions in our culture and society at large. There is a general hunger to determine how we can display ourselves as genially unique and special within this context considering we all have the same things and tend to use them the same way. One product that is just reaching the market encapsulates this trend fully and its a funny sign of the times. It is perhaps the culmination of millennial tech hyper irony weird culture and you’ll get it right when you hear the name: the selfie toaster. This is an appliance that indefinably brands its owner’s mug onto images onto a slice of bread. The toaster uses custom heating inserts that can thus craft from a submitted head shot photograph A subjects entire facial details are thus converted into twin head shot photography systems. The detail is also incredible, it allows you to not only your image, but it is displayed with total shading capabilities and given the variability of bread and its recreation to heat there allows a wide array of corals and hues you can achieve of your face place. Its an all around fun product, its not going to change the world and who knows what will follow but the door is open and people like it, so you can imagine that they are going to be more products like this in the near future. One on the horizon is the ifoam or Ief. We have all seen the intricate art that is displayed at some of the more sheek coffee shops for you when you order a cappuccino or other foamed drink. That is all well and good, but people want that everyday but lack the technical skill or complexity to do so. The Ief is a way to have many programmed imaged and opensource patterns sutured into your drink with ease. You can upload your own images if you choose, but the only problem with this is that you will never be able to have the technical execution to make a convincing face or detailed real life image in this way. When we remember what these images are usually like it makes a lot more sense, well see a pumpkin counterattack in our pumpkin spice mortician or a snowman in our hot cocoa, all of which are pretty simple images, but you are never going to see anything beyond that level of complexity. That said these babies are selling like hotcakes. Which brings me to my next topic: hotcakes. As you can imagine where this next entice is headed there is a platform which allows you to have your customization waffle iron. A start up out of cedar rapids is allowing you to send them an image they then forge into shape for you to make your waffles look like there after. Although the level of detail is great you lake the ability to make more than one image, which is seen by some as a real bummer.