Skip to comments.Whirlpool's Dirty Laundry
Posted on 11/21/2017 3:32:42 PM PST by Eric Pode of Croydon
Despite Whirlpools arguments being the corporate equivalent of a child who wants dessert but not to clean his room, the ITC sided with Whirlpool and is now considering which remedies to impose. Whirlpool, for its part, suggests a prohibitively high 50 percent tariff on washing machine imports from LG and Samsung.
Implementing this tariff, even in a temporary manner, would harm opportunities for thousands of American workers. Samsung is already in the process of building a washing machine factory in South Carolina, expected to employ nearly 1,000 American workers. LG is constructing a factory in Clarksville, Tennessee, which would employ 600 workers, and has plans to develop in New Jersey and Michigan. The ITC is threatening these jobs in the name of protecting an anticompetitive business.
The economic harm would extend beyond the workers expected to be hired by LG and Samsung. Washing machines are a staple of nearly all American households, but they are not cheap. Restricting competition by forcing major players out of the U.S. market would drive washing machine prices up for individuals and families around the country.
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Anything manufactured in China and imported to the US should have the same tariff that China imposes on US goods - or even US branded goods made in China.
We need to work out a bit better trade package with the ROK - but 50% sounds very high.
As stated in a MAD Magazine (fake) ad; My Majag’s a workin’ still....
Does the genius who wrote this know that LG and Samsung products manufactured in the U.S. are not imports?
If it wasn’t for the threat of tariffs maybe those plant wouldn’t be built here...
Whirlpool also makes Roper, a made in America no-frills brand. My Roper washer and dryer work great, and are still priced better than any import.
I remember when GM led the fight against imported cars from Japan. They succeeded in getting import control/reduction.
Then the GM executives celebrated, gave themselves huge bonuses, and jacked up the prices on GM cars. I swore right then I’d never buy another GM product, and I have not.
LG and Samsung are South Korean companies, and they make superior products to those made by Whirlpool. Pick a us brand washing machine and you will find that most often it’s really a Whirlpool with another brand name on it. Whirlpool owns a huge chunk of the US washing machine market.
Take a look!
If memory serves Whirlpool builds their products in Mec-He-Co!
Did they, or did they not, compete unfairly?
Were they being subsidized by their home country or being sold at a loss?
These are fair questions.
Samsung is already in the process of building a washing machine factory in South Carolina, expected to employ nearly 1,000 American workers. LG is constructing a factory in Clarksville, Tennessee, which would employ 600 workers, and has plans to develop in New Jersey and Michigan.
LG and Samsung are South Korean companies, and they make superior products to those made by Whirlpool
The dishwasher didn’t work the first time I tried it. In order to get a service call, I had to prove that I had brought in an electrician to make sure the unit was getting proper power. That cost me sixty dollars. The Samsung tech came and found problems in the electronics. He put a new board in and it worked. I never got back my sixty dollars.
A couple months later, the refrigeratot/freezer started going off and thawing out whatever was in the freezer. The motor behind the fridge started making a knocking sound as if the cooling blades on the motor were hitting something. I called Samsung and they said they didn’t have a service rep in my area (north central Florida). So they would replace the fridge with a new one but would knock off two hundred dollars from the price of a new one since I had used the unit for a couple months. I told them I could get the damned thing fixed off-warranty for two hundred dollars without the hassle of replacing the unit. A few days later, the knocking stopped and hasn’t come back.
The Samsung clothes washing machine had to have a post-manufacture mod put on to allow washing blankets without knocking itself over.
I’ll never buy Samsung again. But if Whirlpool is worse ... just dang.
“Ill never buy Samsung again. But if Whirlpool is worse ... just dang.”
We have a pair of Tumble Action Maytags in our laundry. They have had manifold problems, and Whirlpool has chosen to not back their products covering known defects, leaving us to foot the bill to make them work. We have a Maytag Washer-Dryer in our second home. Following a remodel that took us five years, we went off and left the washer to finish a load. It rewarded us by failing to turn off it’s own water, flooding about 1,000 square feet of 60 year-old hardwood floors that had just been restored. In that instance, our insurance company subordinated a claim against Maytag (Whirlpool) and they were forced to pick up the costs of repairs.
What a mess. I had something similar and got to spend three days listening to the roar of dehumidifying machines day and night. Argh. Got a new kitchen floor and cabinetry out of it, though, so there’s that.
Samsung has the best washing machines.
If only they’d get the clothes clean. But they’re all bad for that. It’s probably the anemic detergents we’re allowed to use. I use fitted sheets so the sheet nearest the head board is always nearest the head board. If you have those, do a little experiment sometime. Take the newly washed sheet set and, assuming there’s some white areas of the sheets, compare the part that will be near your head in bed to the bottom that will be near your feet. There’s a sad difference and testimony to the lack of cleaning that actually goes on in the washer.
Buy a speed queen. Best washer/dryer in America, longest guarantee (5 years), commercial quality (same machines for the home that they sell to laundromats), usually last at least 25 years, made in America, and don’t cost any more than the high end whirlpool, LG, etc. $1500, but my dealer met the out of town sale price, $1300, including delivery. Set up is an extra $25, but their stackable unit weighs 900 lbs, and comes in two pieces that have to be put together, including the wiring. Love it! Uses 11 gallons water, total, including wash and rinse.
Our Samsung refrigerator has been a big disappointment to say the least.
Just checked Consumer Reports. Some Whirlpool and GE washers and dryers are made in America, now. (No American made dryers made their BEST list)
I’ve had two whirlpool dishwashers. Both superior machines, not made in USA, though.
I add more water to the wash load. The EPA forced manufacturers to diminish water usage. So the tubs don’t fill up and It is amazing how much cleaner my laundry is with four more gallons.
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