A while ago I went to a used appliance store in Beaumont to buy a fridge. I was hoping to update my kitchen from the white of the 90’s, to the stainless of today for a fraction of the cost of brand new appliances. As I browsed through the many options, I found a beautiful GE Profile stainless steel fridge/freezer combo that was only a few years old and had only a few miner scratches and dents. It was clean, cold, beautiful….PERFECT! OBVIOUSLY it was all meant to be.
As I looked it over the owner said that they had just gotten this one in and he had even thought about keeping it for himself. (He must’ve seen the word SUCKER monogrammed on my shirt). Upon further shopping I found they also had a stainless steel dishwasher! Only one. All the stars seemed to be aligned for me that day as the owner gave me the deal of a lifetime: $1,100 for both the fridge and dishwasher including delivery, hookup, and haul away of old appliances. I was ECSTATIC. Just the fridge alone was well over $2,000 new!
Fast forward a couple months later and the new appliances DID look great in my kitchen, however there were some problems. The freezer produced 3 ice cubes per day and was frosting over, building up so that the door wouldn’t close and seal correctly. The dishwasher also had problems. I called and stopped by the appliance store repeatedly to get them to honor their warranty with no results. Finally I called a professional appliance repairman. When I told him where I purchased my appliances he said he was familiar with it as he had had a lot of business with people in the same situation I was in. (Apparently this particular business had been reported to The Better Business Bureau several times). In the end I was stuck with two appliances that looked great, but had problems that were irreparable. Two beautiful, shiny, $1,100 BB gun targets for my kids. I was NOT ecstatic.
What was the lesson in all this you ask? Don’t judge a book by its cover? Things aren’t always the way they seem? If it’s too good to be true, then it is?
It does seem to me that the world is really into pretty packaging and it’s easy to get thrown off by it, weather it’s an advertisement for products that claim to instantly make you look like a model with a life of incessant ease and laughter, or that box of “gluten free” “high fructose corn syrup free” chocolate fudge pudding in the center cereal made with “whole grains” and 36 other ingredients that give it a shelf life of six months. A lot of the messages out there seem shiny and eye catching (like my fridge), but are really misleading and lacking in truth. I believe that God has given us all an innate sense of right and wrong to help us sift through all the mixed messages out there. I have also found that the more I try to follow His way and spend time building a relationship with Him, the stronger that sense becomes, and the better I get at sifting out the falseness (because I have His help). I for sure don’t get it right 100% of the time, but my percentages are a LOT higher than when I try to figure it all out on my own……and as an added bonus I have more peace knowing I’m doing my best and have the Lord helping me.
Contributor - Jenny Packard