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Randy Treadway

Big Change for a '64-65 legacy

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Remember all those G.E. appliances shown off in the Progressland carousel at the G.E. Pavilion?

The whole appliance business has just been sold to the Swedes for $3.3 billion. Whether it will keep the name G.E. remains to be seen. Hard to believe, as huge as G.E. is in this country.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29106335

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A sad day for American industry. But have any of you bought any kind of GE appliance lately? Complete and utter crap.

Maybe Electrolux can make something of it.

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I don't know if they're any good or not, but Electrolux's appliances are, at least, cool looking with their sleek designs and blue led lighting. It's interesting to me that if you want to buy a white stove today, the offering is, essentially, identical to what you would have found in a store in 1960 or '70.

With all of the zillion-dollar kitchens that have been built in the last decade, I really am surprised that somebody hasn't revived some variation of the Frigidaire Flair stove/oven of the mid-1960s. They were so awesome with their retracting, hidden burners and gull wing (sort of) oven doors. What a great design. http://youtu.be/nQSP-dwPnW4

Didn't know this until just now, but Tappan was first to have the Flair-like design in their "Fabulous 400" stoves.

http://autouniversum.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/jet-age-design-the-tappan-fabulous-400-and-frigidaire-flair-custom-imperial/

Oh, BTW, another once-great brand that is now just a name on Chinese crap is Bell & Howell. Polaroid is playing that game, too.

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Polaroid still exists?

I am not surprised when any US company does this sort of thing. I have not had a high regard for GE products for a very long time.

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Polaroid is still going! It seems they're reinventing themselves, which is good news. They look healthier than a few years ago. Some of it sounds like grasping at straws, but they're not giving up. They're original campus on Rt 128 in Waltham, MA has been torn down and new buildings are being built. Not by Polaroid, I'm sure.

http://www.polaroid.com/products

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And adding to the list of once-thriving American companies that are nothing but a shell of their former selves, is RCA (a former Fair exhibitor, no less). From what I understand, the rights to market that particular brand have been chopped up and sold on numerous occasions, although a significant portion is now a division of Audiovox, which did not even exist when the Fair first opened!

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I've had good luck with G.E. appliances in the last three decades- high satisfaction score from me.

I now have a Whirlpool refrigerator, and likewise no complaints so far (3 years in).

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