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.