Author Topic: Why do electronic control boards for appliances cost so much?  (Read 1305 times)

Offline johnboy3

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Re: Why do electronic control boards for appliances cost so much?
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2014, 09:19:35 AM »
tch_tech,  I think you misunderstood my post,  Profit is fine and necessary to keep a business going, the problem I see is short term vs. long term thinking; not just the manufacturers, but the buying public also.  We run across town to get whatever has the most features, even if most of these features go unused in our actual use of the product.  We pass up a better quality product to get less quality that "looks like the better product" for a few dollars less.
In his comic strip POGO, Walt Kelly really said it best with the twisted quote of Commodore Perry, "we have met the enemy, and he is us"!!!
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Offline Refrigerator Man

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Re: Why do electronic control boards for appliances cost so much?
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2014, 04:53:40 PM »
It is greed by the appliance manufacturers plain and simple.  I know for a fact they will design an appliance then it goes to another department to determine the life expectancy and if it is too HIGH they can it and make the machine "cheaper" so it won't last as long.  As for the parts, I have seen invoices from chinese distributors written out to major manufacturers.  One was for an OEM magnetron which showed a cost of $6.  The other was for a popular icemaker with a cost of $12.

Offline olyteddy

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Re: Why do electronic control boards for appliances cost so much?
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2014, 09:04:53 PM »
Mine is a special case in that we provide and maintain our residents' appliances and therefore I perform repairs that most 'sane' people would write off. An example is the GE Mode Shifter repair. I pay about half retail for parts and a Mode Shifter costs me about $90. Most Mode Shifter repairs also include the motor (my cost $170). I also have 2 to 4 hours labor in these repairs (I usually scrub the drum and check and replace suspension parts as needed). That would come to $500 in parts and $300 or so in labor -or- replace the machine. If I replaced the machine my budget would soon be shot. At $260 in parts I'd soon be hurting. Fortunately I have a 'sympathetic' GE rep (she knows we have over 5,000 GE appliances and buy around $15,000 a month in new appliances) and she's pretty generous with 'hidden warranty' parts. I can't imagine anyone would opt for the $800 repair...


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