Hi, I'm 58 years old and I mention this as part of saying that I have respected the GE name for many, many years. Unfortunately at this point I will never buy another GE appliance if it is made in China, and I will recommend to anyone who asks, and even those that don't, to look elsewhere for their appliance purchases if they are considering a unit that was manufactured there. I highly recommend that you establish the country of manufacture before you effect a purchase. Nothing like being informed.
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We took possession of a new construction home in March of 2007. In April of 2008 (13 months after moving in) the keypad on the microwave stopped working. I called the Home Buyer's Warranty company and they were actually pushing me to replace the microwave because, as they said, the cost of a new circuit board and keypad was just about enough to buy a new microwave. I chose to have them do the repair, which they agreed to, with the condition that they would offer no more repairs on the unit..
Now 17 months later we're having the exact same problem. At present the cooking part works but the clock, vent and light do not. It's only a matter of time before the unit goes down completely again.
I attribute this issue to the fact that this unit was made in China. I have long eschewed items manufactured there whenever possible for a number of reasons, quality being a main one. Looking back, for example, over the last five years, we can see a myriad of products made in China that have either killed American consumers, made them sick, were dangerous, or left people with a product whose quality was not worth the money paid for it. And still we keep buying products made there "because they are cheaper". Boy, talk about short sighted!
Anyway, I have lost respect for GE apliance products and a Samsung has caught my eye, though we're still shopping. I have to note that while doing some preliminary shopping I came to know that apparently Whirlpool microwaves are made in China as well. Another long respected name which is now excluded from my search for a new appliance. Beware!
If enough people start rejecting items made in China, busineses will have no choice but to change manufacturing locations (maybe even bring some jobs back to the U.S.??) and this can only help to improve overall product quality and possibly (hopefully) the American job market. Right now we are supporting companies in cutting our own throats and getting crap for our money for it to boot.
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