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QOTD #74: Are you loyal to any brands for electronics or appliances?

Discussion in 'Tilted Gear' started by genuinemommy, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member

    Do you have any brand loyalty when it comes to computers, phones, tablets, electronics, or appliances?
    Do you have any particularly good experiences you want to share?
    Any bad ones?
    Is brand ever a factor when you're considering such purchases? What do you prioritize?
     
  2. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    I use Apple phones and tablets because that's the path I started down years ago with my first iPhone. It wasn't originally based on any huge brand loyalty, but more out of convenience. It was a work phone, that's the phone most of the other users were choosing, and it seemed fairly intuitive to learn to use, especially compared to the smart phone offerings of the time. Since then it has mostly been due to the fact that it's just easier with all of the current apps I use to keep them consistent.

    For household appliances I am generally in favor of Whirlpool or Whirlpool manufactured (KitchenAid, Maytag, etc.) brands. Partially because I'm fairly informed when it comes to appliance manufacturing due to my job, partially from good personal experience.
     
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  3. Stan

    Stan Resident Dumbass Donor

    Location:
    Colorado
    I build my own PCs. My taste isn't mainstream.

    I have no brand loyalty to appliances or electronics. I'll look through reviews and stuff; but generally I don't care.

    My stove was purchased to be Newfoundland resistant. I've got to be the only person that prefers a stove that requires 2 hands to turn on. Molly hasn't turned on this one, ... yet.
     
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  4. omega

    omega Very Tilted

    I have had a Samsung galaxy s3 and have a galaxy s5 active. I have had the s5 for 20 months and it has served me well. No case or screen protector and it is still in great shape. So I will definitely consider another Samsung active when I go to upgrade.
    As far as speakers, big efficient speakers with big woofers simply sound better. So if I had the cabbage I would be looking for another set of jbls or a set of klipsch speakers. I don't know if I could call that loyalty, but that's what I want.
     
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  5. rogue49

    rogue49 Tech Kung Fu Artist Staff Member Donor

    Location:
    Baltimore/DC
    Well, I don't drink the Kool-aid on anything...they all have their strengths & weaknesses.

    However, at this point in time...I have "tendencies" towards certain items due to reliability vs decent price.
    Laptops - Toshiba
    cell - iPhone
    electronics - Samsung and Cuisinart
    cars - Asian main (Toyota, Honda and Nissan...or their derivatives)

    However, I have no rule...and if I find any other brand that shows promise and price, I'll consider it.
    But I need to see long-term existence...I need to know they're going to be around for the time of my usage... (if I see a glut or corruption, I'd likely avoid it)

    I'm relatively a slow adapter...I don't want to be anyone's guinea pig.
    I don't want ANY headaches and I always consider "Total Cost of Ownership"

    I certainly don't have any more hair to lose. ;)
     
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  6. Lindy

    Lindy Very Tilted Donor

    Location:
    Nebraska
    I favor Mac computers mostly because I favor OS X, my 2009 Mini still runs the latest system, and runs it without drama. The higher initial cost pays off in a longer life. I'm not a gamer, but run some pretty big spreadsheets and databases without a hitch. But I'm not such a fangirl that I won't use Dell and ViewSonic displays with my Macs. And show me a non-Apple PC that runs OS X and all my Mac software, and I would sure consider it.
    Other things I prioritize specs or characteristics more than label or brand. I favor manual transmission fast cars. That cuts the field way down. Don't like trucks and SUVs. And I need a keyboard with a number pad. I use an old Motorola flip phone, and only when I'm on the road. Costs $5/month:D
    I'm more opportunistic than loyal. I'll often buy used upscale rather than new standard stuff, and I like to swim upstream, so I've owned SAAB and AMC cars and used Paradigm and Magnapan speakers. I bought at an estate sale a scarcely used Jenn-Air electric cooktop. I cook with top line 1950s Revereware copperclad pots and pans. I love Wacoal bras. Glenlivet Scotch. Original (with a cord) Hitachi Magic Wand.:p Flexocore bass strings.
     
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  7. fflowley

    fflowley Don't just do something, stand there! Donor

    I used to be very loyal to Sony (maybe showing my age here).
    They were at the leading edge of consumer electronics for many years, and the premium for their products was worth it.
    Somehow, sadly they lost their way.
     
  8. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    I used to have brand loyalty to Maytag appliances that used a motor, such as washing machines & dishwashers. At one time they were one of the few manufacturers still using metal parts in the wear areas of their motors.

    On another forum I knew a couple of folks who worked for Maytag, and they reported that Maytag was starting to use cheaper motors. It seems that Maytag began watering down their products after they purchased several "lesser" brand names. The manager of an appliance store, part of a local chain, confirmed this. He said Maytag was putting their name on inferiors products to take advantage of the Maytag reputation, and it was getting harder to identify the built-to-last Maytag products.
     
  9. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Maytag started buying up smaller brands in the 80s, then was purchased itself by Whirlpool 10-12 years ago. Nowadays there are really only 3 major domestic appliance manufacturers left. Whirlpool, Electrolux, and GE. GE is in the process of selling out their appliance division to Qingdao Haier, a Chinese appliance manufacturer. So I expect their US manufacturing footprint to continue to shrink, leaving Whirlpool and Electrolux as the only guys really left in the US.

    My company is a major supplier (tens of millions of dollars of sales annually) to both Whirlpool and Electrolux. A good friend/business associate of mine is a major supplier to Whirlpool, Electrolux, and GE. The last 5-7 years I've spent about half of my working time dealing with the appliance industry. Though GE mostly only sells under their own name, both of the other two own a whole bunch of name plates and market various brands at various price points of the market. They are all built side-by-side in the same factories, by the same people, with the same work standards. The differences are in the extra options, increased insulation (for noise or efficiency), and sometimes in heavier duty components. In general, most brands are always looking to save a few cents here and there, thus cheaper components. I'd argue that Electrolux does it more than Whirlpool as far as the areas that I'm familiar with, but they all do it to an extent. But is it their fault, or is it our fault because we'll buy the one that is $5 cheaper based sometimes on nothing more than that it is $5 cheaper? It's almost a self fulfilling cycle, eh?
     
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  10. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    Back when I purchased our Maytag washing machine, Maytag was still a step above the other brands they owned. The WM was about $75.00 more than the nearest well-known comparable.

    I did have to make a repair to the drive shaft because a seal leaked (that was a learning experience!). The WM was only a few months out of warranty. After the fact someone who worked for Maytag said I could've gotten Maytag to look at it free of charge (in fact he said Maytag likes to examine machines that develop problems while they're new enough not to have problems) and I probably would've gotten a free repair or at least one at a greatly reduced price. I have no idea if Maytag still makes "Maytag quality" products.
     
  11. Stan

    Stan Resident Dumbass Donor

    Location:
    Colorado
    You touched on a few things where I do have a strong opinion:

    I use a pair of Dell Ultrasharp monitors, the "man cave" has big windows and is an ambient light nightmare. The Dell monitors have a flat black bezel that are the most non-reflective that I've ever used. It's strictly a matter of function; but if one of them died, I'd replace it with the same without shopping.

    My preference for a manual makes car shopping tough. Finding a used 4wd, 4 door, short bed pickup with a manual wasn't going to happen. I prefer a pickup for stinky avatar transport.

    I loved the sound of Magnepan speakers; but damn, are they finicky about placement. I just couldn't make them work for me (and returned them).
     
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  12. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member Donor

    I have loved every Samsung phone I've ever had.
     
  13. omega

    omega Very Tilted

    You should come down off your hill and listen to my jbls.
     
  14. Stan

    Stan Resident Dumbass Donor

    Location:
    Colorado
    I had a pair. You know that farmhouse just over the county line where all the parties were? That was me.

    Disco era, 15" 3-way JBLs powered by a hand wired Citation amp .The speakers were professional PA and fused for 300W. I'd blow a fuse every other party. Gave them away a couple years ago to a nephew that promised he'd give them a good home. Loved the speakers and there's no denying the impact of a 15" woofer; but it was just a bit much in a small house.

    These days, I have 2 systems. Home theater is Klipsch and Marantz, mancave is PSB and Schiit.
     
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  15. omega

    omega Very Tilted

    I got to Colorado in 2007, so I missed that. I am sure you have a very nice setup.
     
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  16. Stan

    Stan Resident Dumbass Donor

    Location:
    Colorado
    We probably need a separate audio snob topic. Ms Lindy's and your choice of speakers implies at least 3 people are interested.

    Got hired by IBM at 21, went off to a 4 month training boot camp, and came home with 4 months wages. Did what any 21 yr old male would do, bought a waterbed and a $4000 stereo ... you could buy one hell of a stereo for $4k in 1977.

    The farmhouse just over the county line was in IL. I just figured everybody partied at a similar one.
     
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  17. martian

    martian Server Monkey Staff Member

    Location:
    Mars
    I don't know enough about appliances to have formed a preference, and pay little enough attention to the consumer electronics market these days to know who's currently on top.

    I will heartily second the preference for Dell monitors. My twin 23" Dell IPS displays are fan damn tastic.

    I've yet to meet an ASUS product I haven't liked but I've heard they've been cheaping out on QC lately so I don't know if that trend will continue to hold.
     
  18. Lindy

    Lindy Very Tilted Donor

    Location:
    Nebraska
    Might be worth a try. I've seen a couple of threads die due to lack of interest.
    I picked up a case of audiophilia from my father and a couple of college teachers as well as my late ex husband.
    I'm a speaker junkie. I (personally) hear little or no difference between amps, and use ordinary 12 or 10 gauge stranded for speaker wire. I hear huge differences in speakers, and I listen to a lot of big classical, chamber music, and small and big band jazz dating back to the dawn of sound recording. Like punk and country, don't care for rap or metal. I try to spend at least a couple of hours a week listening to music, not as background but listening and paying attention.

    I've bought a lot of speakers used on ebay and craigslist for cheap. I currently have Maggie 1.5s sitting right next to a pair of JBL 4312s. I use Paradigm Atoms and Titans and an old pair of Smaller Advents for computer speakers. Some dau I'll figure out how to integrate the old tubular Hsu Research subwoofers (pair) with something. I'm probably forgetting some.:eek:
     
  19. Charlatan

    Charlatan sous les pav├ęs, la plage Donor

    Location:
    Temasek
    I suppose I am partial to using Apple devices, but that's a relatively recent thing and I don't know if it's permanent. I like the way their devices play well together. I don't think I am 'religious' about it though.

    I don't know if anything else even qualifies...

    Maybe Vespa, but then only vintage Vespas. I need to think on this some more.
     
  20. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize.

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    Mentioning stereo equipment...

    These days music isn't a big part of my life, and I've never been an audiophile, but when I was in my late teens/early 20s I was fond of Sony products. This was back when Japanese companies still made their products in........Japan.

    For guitar amps, PA systems, etc., I like the"old" over-built bullet-proof Peavey Made in the USA gear.