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A Light Bulb Story

Last night I turned a lamp on and the light bulb was burned out!  This morning, I turned on a ceiling light and noticed a burned out bulb.  As I was looking at it, a second bulb went out….ARGH!  I got out my last package of incandescent bulbs, (which by the way I bought because the package said Double Life), and quickly replaced both bulbs….then it was off to the grocery to look for better light bulbs!

There really is a story here…..wait for it…..

So I’m browsing half an aisle filled with every variety and brand of bulb known to man, from $1.99 for a pack of 4 up to $32.00 for a single bulb!  Oh my…. so I start reading labels.  Every package I picked up said “Long Life” or “Lasts up to 7 Years” and every package had a different number for lumens and watts used.  Could it get any more confusing?  I just want my reading lamp to work and my dining room to be lit!  And I get really tired of changing light bulbs so frequently!    As I continued carefully reading labels, one line kept repeating on every package  in relation to how long I could expect the bulb to last….“based on 3 hours of use per day.”   ( Ah, so there’s the kicker!  If you dare to use it longer than 3 hours per day, it won’t last as long as the BOLD PRINT on the package says it will!

“Deceitful Advertising” I shout to myself!  “Can’t anyone invent a decent light bulb” I wonder to myself.  So I walk out of the store without buying any more bulbs right now.  The little voice in my head said, “maybe the bulbs I just replaced will last longer this time…”  sigh!

So here is where I continue the story….I sell appliances.  Every day people just like me walk into the showroom and tell me that they just want to buy something reliable!  We’ll use a washing machine for our example.  Just as I experienced in the grocery store with half an aisle of choices, the entire front section of our showroom is filled with washers….standard top loading, high efficiency top loading, front loading, small…medium….large, from $399 or less to $1299 or more!  Oh my….and so the process repeats.  A few days ago, I had a guest whose first comment was, “I don’t want brand X….I’ve only had mine for 4 years and it’s already broken!”  As we talked, I discovered that she had 4 children and used the machine daily…sometimes  doing 3 loads in a day!  So here is the appliance kicker…..most advertising concerning how much money you can save using this or that washer is based on 7 loads per week.  (she was doing nearly that much every two days!)  Notice, that does not say how long the machine will last….only how much money you can save in water, detergent, and electricity.

So now we get to the expectation versus reality part of this story!  Our expectations are based on rosy memories.  When we were young  and single, we did one load per week (at the laundromat).  Before we had children, we might have done two to three loads per week….wow, those machines from years ago must have been built a lot better than they are today, because they sure lasted a lot longer!!!  (or so it seemed)

But wait….there’s more!  Now, the same type of machine, with just a few “bells and whistles” added, is being used multiple times per day.  Same number of uses, just compressed in a shorter period of time!

Now I’m thinking about my light bulb problem….and calculate how many hours per day I use that dining room light.  Turns out that it’s on about 14 hours per day….significantly longer than the 3 hours per day stated on the packages!

Could this apply to appliances too?  Yes, absolutely!  Any machine, (or light bulb) put under extreme or heavy use will wear out sooner!

So when you tell me you “just want something reliable,” I might ask you about how the machine will be used.  How many in your family?  How often is it used?  I’m not being nosy, I’m just trying to guide you to the best washing machine to meet the needs of your family!

That’s what I do at A-1 Appliance every day.  My name is Tom Burns, and I sell things essential to life as we know it….  Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom

By the way, stop by our Nashville showroom…we’ve converted a large section to LED lighting….we are saving a lot of money, and it looks really great!

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Wondering About High Efficiency Washers?

Here is a fun way to discover how the new GE High Efficiency washer works for you…. Have fun….

http://www.geappliances.com/appliances/washer/top-load-washer-dryer/stunning-feats-picker.htm

Ask for Tom Burns when you visit the A-1 Appliance Showroom in Nashville!  Learn more about our products at http://www.a1appliance.com and connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart
tom

Appliance Happiness!

Appliance Happiness

Surprise

It begins this way with many of our customers.  As you first walk into the A-1 showroom and kitchen gallery you are greeted at the door by a pleasant and experienced appliance professional. Your first impression is that the inventory is vast and the kitchen displays are modern and presented with tasteful style.
Calm
Once our customers realize that we are not high-pressure but instead committed to listening then recommending the best appliance options, a sense of calm and relaxation occurs. It may be the most relaxed feeling you can experience in a retail store.
Grins
Close by is an appliance professional that not only guides you to the best choices for your home but also shows you how to save time and money with your purchases. Now you are thinking about how much more you gained just by shopping with A-1.
Joy
It is months later and you are still thrilled when you think about the selection of A-1 appliances that serve you every day in your home. You talked, we listened; we guided, you pondered; you purchased, we delivered and installed; you gained great value, we gained a good friend. And we become a friend that assists you with your appliance needs for life.
Appliance Happiness: improving your home and your life with A-1 Appliance Company’s complete solution of professional sales and service.
Visit our website at http://www.a1appliance.com for more information

Shopping For Kitchen Appliances

For most people, buying a new kitchen appliance or a washer/dryer is not a frequent experience.  It’s not like choosing a restaurant for lunch today.  A lot is at stake here….You need to feel confident that you can find a good selection of product, that the company is reputable, and that the staff is qualified to meet your needs.  In my humble opinion, A-1 Appliance is your best choice!  (Disclaimer: I have been a member of the sales staff at A-1 Appliance for over 15 years) 🙂

We have an incredible selection of appliances in all categories!  You may find inspiration in the Wolf/SubZero Living Kitchen, or in our live Jenn-Air kitchen.

For more ideas, venture upstairs to our Bosch/Thermador gallery, or to our Electrolux kitchen.  On any given day, you may find us baking cookies in our Miele kitchen….yummy, it sure smells good at A-1 Appliance!

Do you need to learn about magnetic induction cooking?  I can show you how with a quick demo!  I love to boil ice….yes, I said ICE.  I put a scoop of ice in the pan, and within 90 seconds I have boiling water!

Not only does A-1 Appliance have a great showroom, we also have an in-house service department.  Do you need to talk with a service technician?  We can do that!  We have our own delivery and installation team.  You may have a very complicated installation issue.  If you need on site assistance in the planning stage…we can do that!  WOW….A-1 Appliance has a great sales staff too.  We offer an educational experience at A-1….we create APPLIANCE HAPPINESS!

 

 

Laundry Delights for Your Home from A-1 Appliance

A-1 Appliance | Delights for your home | From the wonderful world of appliances
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The biggest laundry loads of the year may be knocking on your door as many families dive into the new school season. Whether you are searching for brands like Whirlpool and Electrolux or you just want some helpful tips in the laundry department, take a break and discover great insights on quick laundry, steam, and some buying tips. Enjoy!
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Wash and Dry in 29 Minutes
If you’ve ever been in a bind and needed to wash clothes in a hurry, like last-minute school uniforms before you drop the kids off, you’ll appreciate the new laundry collection from Electrolux. With the Perfect Steam™ Washer and Perfect Steam™ Dryer you can wash and dry your clothes in 29 minutes (that’s 29 minutes to wash AND dry!). Get the laundry done while the kids are eating breakfast and the clothes will be ready before you are. Learn More.Steam; the New Way to Dry
New technology is emerging every day in the appliance world, and the latest is using steam to reduce wrinkles while drying clothes. Frigidaire’s Ready Steam™ dryers are among the most economical brands that use this method. Learn More.
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Top Questions to Ask Before Buying Laundry Appliances If you’re in the market for a new washer or dryer, there are some important things you need to think about. You’ll need to ask yourself a few simple questions to figure out exactly what type of machine you need.. . . Learn More
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Quick and Healthy Lunch Box Ideas Summer fun is just about over and back to school shopping has begun. It’s time to think about packing school lunches, so I thought it would be fitting to give you some quick and easy lunch ideas that are healthy too.Instead of always opting for sandwiches, think about making some wraps with whole wheat tortillas. You can fill them with lean cold cuts, low fat cream cheese and veggies or peanut butter and jelly. Burritos and quesadillas are also great alternatives to traditional sandwiches. You can fill the whole wheat tortillas with rice, refried or black beans, salsa, chicken or vegetables. Whole grain bagels with a low fat vegetable cream cheese spread is also a great option.Some great snack ideas for lunch boxes are unsweetened apple sauce, raisins, dried cranberries or cherries. Fruit is always a great choice. You can pack an apple, banana or some seedless grapes. If your kids like dips, you can pack hummus, yogurt or low fat sour cream with carrots or celery sticks. Trail mix, cottage cheese, yogurt smoothies and low fat cheese spread on whole wheat crackers are also great options. Baked chips, pretzels, and low fat popcorn are better alternatives than high-fat potato chips and cheese snacks.Plain water is always best, but if your kids want something different every once in awhile, there are some sensible options. Drinks made from water, but have a splash of fruit juice might add some variety to your child’s lunch. These drinks are much healthier than soda.I hope these quick and easy lunch ideas are helpful. Not only are they healthy, but they taste great, so their bound to be a hit with your kids. Hope you have a great school year!
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Twists, Turns and Trends for Home Furnishings in 2012
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The road map to color for home furnishings in 2012 is filled with interesting new directions. Some paths lead to exhilarating tones and novel color combinations, while others display the more classic hues in a different kind of “mix”. The continuing challenge and goal will be in keeping the consumer visually engaged by blending the playful with the practical. To reach that destination, color is the compass.On Wednesday August 17 at 11:00 AM CST, Pantone will hold a live webinar to reveal the color trends for Home Furnishings in 2012. … Learn More.
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