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Old 03-31-2015, 01:58 AM   #617
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The parody of the old Betty Furness verbiage for Westinghouse seems too true for today:

"The quality goes OUT before the name goes on."

Also known as planned obsolescence.

I remember back in the 50s that a $2,500 Chevy would cost nearly $10,000 at the retail parts counter without the labor to put them in. The incentive is to sell replacement parts.
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I remember back in the 50s that a $2,500 Chevy would cost nearly $10,000 at the retail parts counter without the labor to put them in. The incentive is to sell replacement parts.
You cannot believe what the markup is on service parts, it's incredible. There is BIG money in it and they aren't bashful about it either. I get an employee discount on parts and I had to get the flex pipe replaced on the wife's Sienna; $2,000. Now that's outrageous. I took my old Camry down the street and they replaced the flex pipe and resonator for under $400.
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You should see the Rolex watch and diamond on the finger of the local Chevy dealer.... Lots of money gets dropped in the service bays and parts counters as there is no price negotiation. The mechanic sure does not see much of that $150 an hour service fee.

Gillette nearly gives you the razor, but the blades are a another story.
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Gillette nearly gives you the razor, but the blades are a another story.
You mean like HP / Epson / Canon, giving you the printer then soaking you for the cartridges?
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You mean like HP / Epson / Canon, giving you the printer then soaking you for the cartridges?
Yup. In a previous life I fixed office equipment. The ribbons for "correcting Selectric typewriters (remember those?) cost $6 each for the black and $10 for the ribbon that "lifted" the carbon off the page! The machine cost $800. Wouldn't take long for the ribbon cost to equal the machine cost.
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Yup. In a previous life I fixed office equipment. The ribbons for "correcting Selectric typewriters (remember those?) cost $6 each for the black and $10 for the ribbon that "lifted" the carbon off the page! The machine cost $800. Wouldn't take long for the ribbon cost to equal the machine cost.

I absolutely LOVED the feel of those IBM Selectrics! Wish I had one today for kicks and giggles!

While we're in the random topic - I took "touch typing" in high school in hopes of meeting a girl (30 flowers, 1 thorn in that class :-) ).

Oh well. I at least learned to type 85 WPM. Then met my (future, first, and current) wife in a marching band a couple years later. 32nd anniversary coming up (+ 3 years dating) - is it socially acceptable to introduce her as my first wife?
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I used to know a guy who referred to "first spouses" as a "Starter Wife/Husband". This usually was mentioned in the context of first (ex) wife/husband. Come to think of it, that guy was married four times.

Looks like yer Starter Wife turned out pretty well.

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I absolutely LOVED the feel of those IBM Selectrics! Wish I had one today for kicks and giggles!

While we're in the random topic - I took "touch typing" in high school in hopes of meeting a girl (30 flowers, 1 thorn in that class :-) ).

Oh well. I at least learned to type 85 WPM. Then met my (future, first, and current) wife in a marching band a couple years later. 32nd anniversary coming up (+ 3 years dating) - is it socially acceptable to introduce her as my first wife?
WE just got rid of our Selectric!! Yup... wuz a fine machine...

WE just made 39 years of marriage.. my first/only wife... I introduced her to our Bishop as my "girlfriend"... hehehe.. I wasn't lying!!!
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Hey, where did everybody go? Looks like it's been a week since any new posts.

Ya'll come back, I want to tell you about my new truck.
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That is too funny Ganado!! I was in a wreck yesterday - guy that hit me told me he purposely tried to take me out because his life was so terrible. I was able to swerve away to keep from getting a direct driver side hit - Thank God! But I started thinking about how pissed off I would be if - one week out from picking up our new Airstream - if I was in a hospital instead of traveling. Sure makes you appreciate every day. Happy to be walking and talking and dreaming of picking up our new Classic!


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I was in a wreck yesterday - guy that hit me told me he purposely tried to take me out because his life was so terrible.

Good Lord!!!! That's awful! Life is amazingly beautiful, and random, and fragile....hope you're ok and your assailant gets the help he needs....

Safe and healthy travels, everyone!!
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Wow! So sorry that happened.... There seems to be a lot of anger driving around some days..
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Yeah, and the anger seems to be spreading. Lots of impolite drivers on the road lately. Sad.


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