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This Isn't Your Mother's Iron

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William K.
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Re: This Isn't Your Mother's Iron
William K.   2/25/2013 11:00:34 PM
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One mistake, which is the the B&D brand is NOT high quality! They do have a good morketing program that gives the illusion of quality, and it is a better grade of junk than some of the other products, but they are not high quality designed to last. They are designed to be sold to folks who use them once and then put them on a shelf. I am certain that some will protest my statements, but it is just another "consumer" brand of products.

bobjengr
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MOTHER'S IRON
bobjengr   3/4/2013 2:21:08 PM
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These are very interesting comments and I think everyone is pretty much right on.  I'm personally "jaded" because the quality of consumer products has significantly depreciated over the years to the point where I expect the products to fail. When I say fail, I mean before their expected life.  I retired from a Fortune 500 company.  During one engineering staff meeting, I commented that I would love to have the time and money to design and build a quality product.  Our VP of engineering told me that quality was really expensive and good enough was good enough, at least for the American market.  What a downer.   I later on wondered if that same philosophy applied to aircraft engines, MRI systems, etc etc.  Let's hope not. 

tekochip
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Re: MOTHER'S IRON
tekochip   3/4/2013 2:45:40 PM
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The appliance manufacturer I worked for had the mantra "it should just barely work.... every time."  If the specification said 100,000 and you passed at 250,000, they thought you should go back to work and find a way for the unit to pass with a cheaper bill of materials.  The priority was always the specification first, then the cost, and since the life cycle was always specified we never had to debate its importance.


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