There is stuff you SHOULD know when setting out to purchase a new refrigerator.
A new refrigerator can cost you as little as $800.00 for an small (18 cubic foot), family size fridge. You can also spend $10,000. for a ginormous household fridge.
Tip: Do not confuse need with desire. Desire costs!
Here is my story. Our fridge died Friday afternoon, this weekend. Not a good time to call a repair person (is it ever?). With the normal rate being about $100.00 an hour and time and a half or double on a weekend I decided to blow that plan off completely.
We set out with four stops in mind: Menard's, Home Depot, Best Buy, and Karl's, in that order.
Menard's: They had a really good price on one we liked BUT the little part time twit who waited on us was a royal pain in the ass. The twit did not know what the delivery fee was and if they had a disposal fee (he was not willing to go find out for us but he was willing to give me directions to the service desk that handles that).
Home Depot: Fair prices on the product but the delivery service would not bring the product into the home and disposal was not an option either.
Best Buy: While they had models on the floor all sales were by order and we would have to wait 2 weeks for delivery. Delivery was free and disposal was cheap. We were ready to pull the trigger here but we set out to go to all four retailers so off we went to...
Karl's: They had what we wanted in stock, but not on display. Delivery was $75.00 and haul away of the old fridge was $12.00. BEST YET was they could/did deliver it on Monday.
Back to my tip and a little more background: Do not confuse need with desire. Desire costs!
With 50 years of appliance buying and home owner experience the only fridges I've had to replace had water and ice in the door. Our new one does NOT. Does size mater? If you don't need a 25 cubic foot fridge don't buy one. Does finish matter, if not get black or white (all our appliances are white). Extras are extra things that can go wrong. Stay in budget so you can afford to stock your refrigerator. Last of all make sure you are familiar with all the fees associated with purchasing your new appliance. Our $699.00 dollar fridge cost $846. with taxes and fees.
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