I need a new dishwasher …

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I need a new dishwasher.  (Does anyone really need a dishwasher?)

The old one bonked just like me at the end of the Canada Day Populaire.  It must be 10 years old.  Perhaps older.  I can’t really remember.  All I know is it doesn’t clean the dishes any longer.  It doesn’t even finish its cycles.  An 87 minute cycle may take 5-6 hours to complete.  And, it’s noisy.  I put it on before going to bed and listen to it hum, clutter and clink until I finally get to sleep.

So, I went to my local appliance store on the weekend to purchase a new dishwasher.  A store I have dealt with previously.  Before I could outline my needs, list my preferences or mention the budget I had in mind, the salesman began to close.  All I was able to blurt out was “I need a new dishwasher.”.  Then it began.  I heard about the time limited offers, special rebates in effect and the benefit of extended warranties.  He never stopped talking.  He never asked a single question.

Needles to say, I left empty handed.  Instead, I began searching on-line, careful to consider price, features and availability.  Oh my has shopping changed.  In less than an hour I discovered all of the options and now I know what I want, not what the retailer has in stock.  The make.  And, the model.  The Bosch SHE65T52UC.  (If you have experience with this machine, please let me know.)

Now I can begin calling local retailers for the best price.

The moral of this story is to never trust a salesman.  Do your homework before shopping.

What does this have to do with cycling you ask?  Well, it was when I was on my ride yesterday that I realized I went about this purchase the wrong way.  I thought I was going to the expert to discover what fits my needs best.  I was wrong.  There is better and more reliable information on-line from the vendors themselves.

So, the next time you need to make a major household purchase, go for a bike ride first.

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12 thoughts on “I need a new dishwasher …

  1. How is it that little things in life like a dishwasher can hold you hostage in your own home ? I lived with NDS (noisy dishwasher syndrome) for years prior to shelling out for a Miele. Why I didn’t I choose a good nights sleep over a crappy dishwasher ? Funny what we can ignore when other things in life hold precedence. But loosing a good nights sleep to a kitchen appliance ? Never again !

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