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  •  Singer Sewing Machines were another.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Many of the machines were passed down from one generation to the next. There is an urban legend that Singer representatives would buy old machines just to destroy them so people would be forced to buy new ones.

    I ran across one in a Goodwill store a few years ago for $20. I bought it on the spot, intending to "flip" it on E-Bay. My wife saw it and said no way.... we kept it and it still works.

    I researched the model and serial number, and found out it was manufactured in the Philadelphia factory in 1923.  Basic sewing machine technology hasn't changed in 100 years. It even has some attachments that we haven't figured out.

    "The long memory is the most radical idea in this country." Utah Phillips 1935 - 2008

    by Grey Fedora on Sun May 18, 2014 at 08:11:09 PM PDT

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    •  Good story! (0+ / 0-)

      It's a real shame that profit matters above all else. I have to wonder how much unnecessary trash is generated annually by products designed with the "it's cheaper to replace than fix" mindset?
      I have two old Hoover upright vacs (they are late 60s/early 70s) that will not die. The beater bar is interchangeable and when both went bad I found a replacement on ebay, and now both are good to go again. They are easy to use,  have great suction, and beat the hell out of a newer one I have that is exhausting to push around. The saving grace of the new one is the extension hose and attachments that I use for things the old ones can't do.

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