It’ll all come out in the wash

Well, I’d say that load is done.

The Wall Street Journal and Daring Fireball consider the clusterfuck that is the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

Ho, ho, etc.

Samsung didn’t give a rat’s ass about their top-loading clothes washers exploding like land mines in laundry rooms. What makes anyone think they’ll lose sleep over $2,000 smartphones that snap like Olive Garden bread sticks when the rubes try to fold them?

We owned a Samsung top-loader once and it became the subject of a Radio Free Dogpatch episode. After dogpaddling across that customer-service vale of tears I wouldn’t buy a life jacket from the sonsabitches if I were standing on the stern of a sinking ship in the North Atlantic, surrounded by sharks wearing bibs with my mugshot on them.

But I’m sure somebody would. And so is Samsung.

• Editor’s note: Speaking of washers, Kevin Drum explains that tariffs caused Americans to spend 12 percent more on these devices than they might have had Beelzebozo kept his big bazoo out of things he doesn’t understand, which is mostly everything. MAGA, etc.

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10 Responses to “It’ll all come out in the wash”

  1. JD Dallager Says:

    Geesh…..for $400 you can buy a folding bicycle and get some exercise. For under $2K a Salsa bike that will last a lifetime.

    We’re looking at a new TV and it WON’T be a Samsung.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      What are you looking at for a TV, JD? Ours is a 10-year-old Toshiba that’s starting to show its age.

      • JD Dallager Says:

        PO’G: We’re looking at a SONY TV….based on consumer reviews and some neighbors who have them. Our TV is 15 years old (not big enough my CINC tells me)…..our Kenmore refrig in the garage is 28 years old (been thru 15 moves and works like a champ……hoping that doesn’t jinx it!!), and my Toyota 4-Runner is about to turn 30 years old.

        Be prepared for sticker shock whatever you decide upon!! 🙂

      • SAO' Says:

        Vizio is cool, if you don’t mind them reporting everything you watch to advertisers.

        TCL has much more class… They only tell Facebook what you’re doing

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Our last purchase, a little over 2 years ago, was a Sony. It’s a 1080P with the full array LED backlighting. If you don’t mind spending some extra $, avoid edge lit screens. Plus, the Sony is made in Mexico, which is a plus as far as I am concerned for both quality and political reasons. As far as privacy concerns go, we do not enable wifi on the TV. We use an Apple TV box instead.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        You always pay a little extra for Sony, but damme if they don’t make some solid stuff. The speakers from our original Sony home-entertainment system survive, though the tuner eventually croaked (we went for a Yamaha there). And the Sony cameras and audio recorders have been stellar.

        We run an Apple TV v3.0 box to the TV as well, along with a Mac Mini that we really don’t use since the ATV got its Amazon app. We subscribe to HBO, Amazon Prime and Netflix.

  2. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    I’ve often wondered about these massive companies, the “Product Cheapening Department” seems huge (what do they really call ’em?) while far too often the R & D section must be the size of a toilet stall. It seems a whole lot of the time it’s “Ship it out and let the customers do the R & D! We make so much f–ing profit on these things we can easily afford to replace the ones that fail. And let’s remember, a whole bunch of ’em will never get used enough to fail. THAT’s where our real profits come from!” as they laugh all the way to the bank.
    A certain bike component company comes to mind in this category, but this philosophy seems to have moved up to some products where failures are serious – like Boeing airliners or Tesla cars for example. Whoever makes these kinds of decisions should be sent to prison when people end up dead or injured. Otherwise it’s too often, “Oops, a second’s income shot to hell!” and the CEO gets a raise.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Paying off the survivors and their lawyers is probably a rounding error in corporate budget calculations these days.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Yep, my father worked for Boeing as a part inspector. He rejected way too many parts until they schooled him in how it all worked. He couldn’t wait to retire but kept a close eye on his stocks in the company. He’s probably doing 360’s in his grave with the latest 737 fiasco. Lucky for his heirs the stocks were cashed out years ago. Somebody should be in the cell next to the VW folks, but I won’t hold my breath.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Sorry Larry, the prisons, like our country, are full. Beside that, who would fund presidential campaign propoganda and inuaguration balls?

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