I bought a galvanized water tank about 5 years ago. It had multiple pin-
holes after 3 years.
I bought a replacement bathtub for a house at about the same time. It has
spalling and severe corrosion in multiple places.
I bought a Maytag air conditioner with heating strips - it had 3 breakdowns
in 2 years.
Anyone having similar problems?
The problem is that people won't pay what it costs to produce a
durable consumer product. No point in fretting about it. As long as
what you buy performs for some modest period of time, you're likely
getting what you paid for.
In the case of your water tank, these are typically sold to ranchers
and farmers. These are some of the most tight fisted buyers in any
industry. Expecting long term durability for something that group
would buy is wishful thinking.
Shoddy products from other sources are simply the result of the
financial pressures on the makers to produce quarterly profits in
response to the big banks, mutual fund and hedge fund managers.
Try buying some things rated well by Consumer Reports and you may have
Not the farmers I know! A lot of them have pickups from the 70's and
the only reason they don't still regularly use the old Ford tractors
that they still own is because the newer ones are much more powerful
You're totally wrong in that characterization...farmers/ranchers are
_EXTREMELY_ value-conscious which is _NOT_ at all the same thing as "cheap".
IMO(bservation) what has caused the proliferation of cheap farm-like
goods is not the actual farmer/rancher market itself but the
proliferation of the mini- or the amateur and the hobbyest types instead
of actual working farms/ranches. These led to TSC and their ilk.
For the item in question, we're still using galvanized tanks some of
which date back to the 60s while newer replacements for others are as
heavy or heavier but prices have gone up by as much as 10X or more
leading to switching to alternatives for some, particularly for
I think the actual definition of "durable goods" is items with an
expected lifespan of "3 years or more" which IMHO isn't particularly
durable at all. My definition would be something more like 20-30
years, but unfortunately it seems that most people (and economists)
don't agree with me.
I do tend to buy tools and vehicles that I feel are likely to last
that long, but it is becoming a bit of a challenge (see recent thread
on floor jacks, for instance.)
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