Last edited by just1paul; 11-10-2007 at 08:14 PM.
Originally Posted by babs1003;2625884;
My husband and I have recently returned from a wedding/honeymoon from hell, from the Sandals Regency Golf and Spa resort in St. Lucia.Originally Posted by dknott;2734928;
The too good to be true feeling you have is so true. Nothing is like the brochure or the website. They over sold everything. We booked our trip almost a year in advance and then when we get there they dont have our villa available and all the perks that we were supposed to get with the extra 1700.00 we paid for the wedding, we did not get. The resort is in bad shape. Cracks in the wall, mold on the curtains, and around the vents, around the pool area. Its horrible. They have major rat problems. I had problems with the management there, and i am still having problems trying to get a refund. Please whatever you do, dont go there. If you are booking through a travel agency, make sure they have been to the resort, ask them if they like 5 star amenties or 2-3 star. Even though we have everything in writing, and a travel agent who said i am owed a refund from the resort, i really dont think we will get a refund. I would never recommend GoGo Tours or any Sandals/Beaches resort to anyone. It was a trip from Hell.
Our 17 year old refrigerator has died. Fortunately, we have an extra in the basement for pop, etc., but we need to replace the one in the kitchen SOON.
It is a side-by-side and for the space we have that is probably what we will have to replace it with. We haven't had to buy a refrigerator in years, so have been doing some fast research. We have read the May 2007 article in Consumer Reports and been to one independent appliance store, but I'd appreciate input from FORTers on any good or bad experiences with purchasing/repairing refrigerators.
The one that we liked the best so far is a GE, model number GSH25JFTWW, for $939. However, it has an in the door ice/water dispenser, and believe it or not (the salesman didn't), I don't like them. He said that they still make them without, but that they cost more. I've explored a little on the GE website and that appears to be true. Crazy!!!!
We have the same issue. We want the side-by-side without the ice dispenser, but they are few and far between. It is ridiculous - it must cost them more to make, but they charge less for it.Originally Posted by veejer;2746156;
Another thing I find bothersome about fridges and other appliances is that the EnergyStar ones also cost more - a lot more. We will be getting one anyway, but as far as I'm concerned, all appliances should be EnergyStar and should be a reasonable price.
And so it begins, the end of times..
I'm going to be shopping for a new washing machine before too long. Any die-hard Maytag or Whirlpool fans out there with good advice? My washer right now is a 10 year old Maytag.
"We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity." - Sen. Marco Rubio
I bought new appliances in August when I bought my new house... we had an issue with fridge height in the alcove designed for it. We wanted a side-by-side, but they were all too tall, or else the cubic feet available went waaaay down to the point it wasn't realistic for our needs. We ended up with a regular freezer-on-top EnergyStar model that we like, but spent as much on it as a decent side-by-side. I hadn't bought a new fridge in many years, so I was pretty surprised at what they cost anymore... and we're not talking about the stainless fancy-shmancy models, either. Just normal appliances with normal features. It amazed me.Originally Posted by Rattus;2746226;
Well, the plus side of that is that you should make up in energy bills what you spent for the appliance in the first place. I did some research to determine whether it made sense, environmentally as well as in savings, to spend the extra money for the EnergyStar, and apparently it does, big time. Checking the appliance's (unfortunately, can't remember the specific make and model) energy usage against a non ES model and then again against my electric bills indicated that the extra spent on the appliance would be paid back in savings over the course of not much more than one year.Originally Posted by remote_goddess;2747121;
And so it begins, the end of times..
I forgot to mention that the salesman "sold" us with that line - "One year in energy savings to make up the difference in cost..." Glad to hear it wasn't just a BS line!Originally Posted by Rattus;2747231;
All I will say is this -- we purchased a Maytag washing machine this last time and it is by far the worst washing machine we have ever owned! I absolutely hate it and cannot wait until we replace it. It will not balance no matter what we try - repairman and all - and is always off-kilter if the load is not balanced completely. Never again!!