Here in the greater Portland area we have alot of appliance dealer all selling similiar units at similar prices. As I think about it most do not have a service departments the contract or refer to a prefferd repair services! There is sufficient repair services available that charge same price and parts suppliers !
This is only an issue to me if a new unit is on warranty which in reality aplliances have become alot more reliable IMHO so is not as much of an issue.
I'll shop locally right out front, on the other side of this wall. You're all welcome to come in and browse my store any time! I'll even offer free coffee for Shop Small Saturday tomorrow! But in deference to SKF and the paying advertisers that support AMG, you'll have to find my Maine-products store on your own!
Mike Travers wrote:My 3 year old grandson managed to break the glass revolving table in our 4 year old microwave. Costs about $30 plus shipping to replace it. Expect we'll just get a new microwave instead.
Mike - check out the local transfer station, and ask one of the workers if they have one hanging around. Particularly if they have a "swap shop," with all the microwaves that get brought in, they may well have one of the glass turntables that will work for your model. I have found the glass inserts are pretty much the same, no matter which brand you have, since the middle mechanism on which the glass sits is usually the same. I have successfully replaced several, over the years. Worth a shot.
I have found that appliances with digital controls in environments that produce a lot of steam- such as dish washers and humidifiers., last about a year before needing a new control panel
Perfectly good microwaves seem to be in abundant supply at the dump and local thrift stores.
Should be a easy to fid your store, Bob, with a location like any town USA.
Gosh I am confused based on other posts....how do I differentiate the artists who locate in our towns and are so often attacked in these pages from the artists who i should support by buying locally?
As to buying local - you need to do the homework - did all the product begin local? Did the vendor buy his supplies local? Will the money stay here in Maine? Is the owner buying imported cars, clothing or other items and not buying local themselves?
Thus the whole buy local argument is kind of useless......
Clearly Robert as the upright Islander has revealed you only need to ask where the raw materials originally come from- If one material in a process comes from out of state, then that disqualifies the product as a Maine made product- no matter if the entire production is in Maine. Don't make it so complicated- Just figure out that one detail and it makes it so much easier to separate the Maine-made product from the non-Maine made product! For instance - if someone is building a house- ask your self where are the nails made. if the nails are made in China, then you can categorize the house as a made in China product. Got it? That way it is simple. And we are all Wal-marts!
Actually, we used to dig our fire clay up out of the ground when we owned the property across the street but no we have to get it from a non-local source that isn't even located on the peninsula, we have to get it from that foreign suppler across the street from teh peninsula- Watershed! But we do get our wood ash from our own fireplace- but that hardly makes up for using Georgia Kaolin! Our product is made in Georgia!- Georgia is the nearest local source for Georgia kaolin.
We will be part of a group of local artists and artisans displaying and selling work at the Studio 53 Holiday Event in downtown Boothbay Harbor.
The event will be taking place for two weekends
Dec 3rd 7 $th
Ded 10th & 11Th
Saturday hours are noon-5, Sunday Hours noon to 3
Opening Reception Friday December 2 from 5-8
Downtown Boothbay Harbor next to Grover's
We are expecting an angry mob of Wall-Mart Workers,protesting micro-economy greed,which might potentially take down the giant once known as Wal-Mart. The Wal-Mart protesters will likely joined by some of the occupiers who will protest anything "capitalistic". Since Grovers- Wall-Mart's competition is right next door it will be a double wammy protest. Gallery 53 should be a special target for the Wal-Mart protesters because it has opened with shows that honor the local region's living local artists dating back to the 1950's
So be prepared with your self dense- what ever it takes to make your way past the angry mobs to view the show at this new Gallery in Boothbay Harbor which features many of the local artists in a beautiful environment.
How do you define irony?
Now flashing atop the TD Bank building in downtown Portland: "Buy Local"
Toronto-Dminion Bank selling ads for the buy local movement, really? I guess it beats pimping for Joe Borenstein.
We are expecting an angry mob of Wall-Mart Workers,protesting micro-economy greed,which might potentially take down the giant once known as Wal-Mart.
ROFLMAO...How childish...Grow up...
These discussions always crack me up. No one can really define what local is. My wife and I go to the Amish Store in Unity every few months or so. Other than locally made furniture and food items much of what they sell (although they do make an effort to buy products made in the USA) is stamped "made in China". We like shopping there because they carry items that are not found in most places. We recently updated our bathroom. We bought some items from the big box stores, but went to locally owned stores for assistance with paint and tiles. If we need good service and knowledge of product we go to stores where that service will be provided. I don't think that we are that different from most people. Sometimes price is the deciding factor, sometimes service and knowledge trump price.
Al, you can get some of that fine Maine-made Amish furniture in my store, and everything else is also made in Maine!
Our products are local as in franklin county EXCEPT for three things, the grain we purchase from Sawyerville Quebec (120 miles away) and the jars we sell our preserves in, and seeds from Johnnys for our foraging crops.
So what is the difference if you buy a Chinese tool from Grover's or Wal-mart? BTW Grover's is part of a national chain, so much for local. IMO so long as the business has something I need, that is all I need to know. I do not look down on people who have a job, no matter who they work for. Actually until the local artists start selling something I need and can use in everyday life I will have to stick to stores that do, no room in the budget for anything else.
Well put Islander...Nuff said...
I borrow my neighbors tools. Thats pretty local.