Sunday, April 5, 2015

Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus part 4

This will probably be the last blog entry in this series on differences between the US and Europe.  This post focuses on electronics in Europe, and Estonia in particular. In general, electronics are crazy expensive here.  The high VAT tax, small market, and high transportation costs all factor into the high price tags.  One other reason that is often overlooked is the fact that in Europe electronics require a mandatory two year warranty. Of course the price is passed onto the consumers.  Usually I have hated this because what product breaks before two years?  Well now I have the answer, a Candy dryer.  We bought a dryer about two years ago  and it recently broke about five weeks before the warranty ended, great timing!  They had to order a new motor which took a while but it was all free of charge.  Now we have our dryer back in service which is great.  Hopefully the motor will last longer than two years this time. Next time I buy an electronics product from Europe I will think differently about that two year warranty.

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