View single post by iceman
 Posted: Sat May 6th, 2006 02:34 pm
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Joined: Wed Apr 6th, 2005
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Hey everybody!

I notice that Sears is taking a lot of people's $65 just to tell them it would be cheaper for them to replace their Microwave.  Here are some handy tips:

1) Sears has a warranty return depot in every major city.  Unless your Sears purchase is bolted down, call them to see if the diagnostic is less expensive if you bring it to them. 

2) Most appliances have a cheat-sheet hidden in some relatively easy to find location on the appliance itself.  If your appliance has error codes, this sheet will reveal how to get it to report them and how to interpret them.

3) Some small appliances are just not worth repairing.  Say anything that costs under $150.  Microwaves are right on the borderline, because the repair cost is often in excess of $150.

4) A quality microwave oven need not be expensive.  Check out Consumer Reports magazine at your local library or get the ratings online, in exchange for money naturally.

5) Here is a FREE article on the subject:

6) Shop around.  A microwave manufactured offshore probably costs less than $55.00 to manufacture and land on US soil.  If you are paying more than $150 for a top of the line model, chances are you have not done enough legwork.  Also microwaves are now sold by consumer electronics stores which are fiercely competitive and harbor strong animosity towards each other.  Use this to your advantage.  Nothing motivates a Fry's manger better than "The guy at Best-Buy said you guys couldn’t touch this price, and dared me to leave his store"

Last edited on Sat May 6th, 2006 02:36 pm by iceman