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  • Bloody washing machines.

    Spent the weekend stuffing around with our washing machine that decided to misbehave, outcome, its n13 years old and past its use by date. So into the local Retravision store this AM, bought a new machine, get it home, remove from carton, the front panel looks like its been hit by a truck, grrrrr, by now there's packing and stuff all over the back verandah, ring the store, they want me to repack it and haul it back to em, another 40km round trip, then the nice lady inferred I may have damaged it myself during transport, more needless to sat I reacted quite strongly to this suggestion > next step manager intervention, fortunately he was the person who loaded it into my vehicle and was happy with the way it was transported.

    The outcome? Mr manager loaded another one and had it delivered this afternoon, undamaged and is now installed and doing what its supposed to, all's well that ends well.

    You know its difficult to get excited about having to buy a new washing machine, looking at having to buy a new mower in the near future, whoopee, how bloody exciting, new machine more work.

  • #2
    Just for giggles, Yelta, why not buy a busted up 2nd hand mower as well (or I guess you could use your current one). And soon after buying your new one, take the busted up old one back to Retravision and tell the nice lady that's how it was when you opened the box?

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    • #3
      Wife bought a new washing machine recently and then says "How do we get rid of the old one?"
      Took me about 4 hours with an old hand-saw and a hacksaw but I managed to cut the whole thing, tub and all, into pieces small enough to get into the wheelie bin.
      It was a very well made machine (Fisher & Paykel)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rocky View Post
        Wife bought a new washing machine recently and then says "How do we get rid of the old one?"
        Took me about 4 hours with an old hand-saw and a hacksaw but I managed to cut the whole thing, tub and all, into pieces small enough to get into the wheelie bin.
        It was a very well made machine (Fisher & Paykel)
        G'Day Rocky, can identify with your story, was faced with a similar problem, disposal of the dead machine, the local tip will take em but charge an arm and leg for the service, so like you thought my only option was to reduce it in size and get rid of it via rubbish collection

        Mentioned the problem to the bloke who delivered the second machine, he gave me a local number to ring, apparently a person in the area makes a business out of picking up non working white goods, no charge, makes a business of scavenging parts, then sells steel left overs for scrap,

        Have left a message, no contact yet, we will see.

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        • #5
          I had to replace my washing machine 2 months ago and as usual went with a used one. Rather than have to worry about disposing of the old one I hired a neighbor who makes his living picking up scraped items and separating them into their various metals and selling them to a scrap yard to move the new one in. As part of his pay he got the old machine. Two birds with one stone! A cut rate moving fee and no old washer sitting around waiting to be disposed of! Yay!


          Java "Win-Win!" phile
          Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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          • #6
            I bought a freezer from AppliancesOnline (.com.au) and the guy who delivered unpacked, set up, checked it worked AND took the old non-functional one away. 3 months later it failed and it took 2 days to get a new one delivered and the old one taken away - they didn't have one in Melb and had to ship the new one from Sydney. Which they told me within 2 hours of me letting them know the freezer had failed.

            Sometimes online places actually know how to do service.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Journeyman View Post
              Sometimes online places actually know how to do service.

              Coffeesnobs BB being another, well known, tried and true example! ;-D

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Javaphile View Post
                a neighbour who makes his living picking up scraped items
                Java "Win-Win!" phile
                But Java, who takes your unscraped items? :-P

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                • #9
                  Good suggestions here. I felt bad about cutting up the old one as it was in great condition but the usual problem of stuffed electronics.
                  Everything except the electronics would have been re-useable.

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                  • #10
                    When I have done deals on white goods, I have always made sure they will take the old one away.
                    All retailers will do this to get a sale.

                    All you have to do is ask, they will take it away!

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                    • #11
                      Lucky about that manager both being the person who loaded your car and being honest.

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                      • #12
                        I've recently taken out a lease on a small shop where I am basing a new coffee machine/appliance repair business and we have a shared recycling bin with the shop next door. I had a look at it and it hadn't been used in like forever, has even sank into the ground and had plants growing around it.

                        I'm one for recycling and it makes me angry when people just chuck their cardboard and plastics etc. into the rubbish bins. I mean, how hard is it to put it into the right bin. Anyway, looked inside this recycling bin and saw some big bits of metal and wiring. Someone at the other shop had cut up their old washing machine with an angle grinder to the dimensions of the recycling bin then just packed it in there. Suppose it beats having to actually make an effort to take it to the tip, or see if someone wanted it. Although you have to question how it was any less effort to fully dismantle the machine and cut it up to fit into a recycling bin.

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                        • #13
                          I pay for a second recycling bin and usually manage to fill both each fortnight.
                          This is despite cutting up boxes and shrinking bottles.

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