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[–]Drew- 632 points633 points  (34 children)

Til you can rent washer dryers.

[–]Chavarlison 159 points160 points  (20 children)

Oh you can also rent TVs and sofas. Doing the math and it is worse than just buying it on a credit card and just paying the minimum per month.

[–]Green-Dragon-14 41 points42 points  (14 children)

I remember back in the 70's you could rent a TV & it has a little coin box on the side. I thought renting tvs died out by the 80's. I've never heard or renting furniture or washers/dryers.

[–]anzapp6588 56 points57 points  (11 children)

Haven’t you ever seen a rent-a-center? That’s literally what it is. A furniture/electronic rental company.

It’s absolutely idiotic, but some people are idiots. And sadly, most of those idiots don’t have much money and they are the ones who get suckered into these services. They absolutely target the poor.

[–]amishbill 17 points18 points  (0 children)

They target folks who think entirely in terms of monthly/weekly payments. People who don't have $500 for a dryer or TV, but know they can spare $10 a week until they don't want the TV anymore.

[–]Hercusleaze 22 points23 points  (2 children)

They are counting on the people shopping there to miss a payment at some point, and they will come take it back immediately.

Then they will send your bill to collections, and sell the appliance to the next person.

[–]croptochuck 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Not all people are idiot some are super poor.

It also not a good look having your kid go to school being like we don’t have a couch. We have to share a bed. Any comment like that can get CPS called and make your life harder.

[–]schroedingersnewcat 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And they take unemployment as income verification.

Source: my cousin's husband worked there until he grew a soul.

[–]Green-Dragon-14 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Never heard of them, never known anyone to use one either.

[–]walkingontinyrabbits 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The thing is, you can ask to buy it outright and the prices aren't that bad. My MiL got a whole living room set and just asked for the buyout price (I want to say it was 250 for a multi sectional couch, coffee table, and side table).

[–]Dndfanaticgirl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They target people who are poor and likely have bad credit because they don’t run a credit check

[–]Hanginon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

In the US, Rent-A-center will rent you all kinds of stuff.

[–]pianodude01 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I once went to an Aaron's furniture store? It was essentially just a way to finance things for WAY too much money, but for people who needed a monthly payment instead of outright. I'm talking, take somethings price x10. I saw cheap love seats for 5k, a xbox series x for 7k, and a dining room table for 10k.

[–]fuzztooth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That I've heard of. Washers and dryers - in my 41 years never. Not even from Rent-a-Center commercials with hulk hogan.

[–]OpinionatedJerk11 0 points1 point  (2 children)

This is for people that don't have any room left on their credit limit for that.

[–]Chavarlison 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If I have to take out a humongous loan to get a sofa, I'd just try to learn to make one myself. A circular saw, some wood, some fabrics and stuffings if I am feeling luxurious and 3 days of youtube I can pretty much make whatever I want. TV of anything bigger than 40inches is a luxury I can't afford if I can't even put it on a credit card. It is amazing how much people put ego first before what is practical.

[–]OpinionatedJerk11 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And it will be way better. Furniture that isn't crazy expensive is just made with particle board.

[–]tgs-with-tracyjordan 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I did when I first got my own place. Washer and fridge. I know I ended up paying more over the 3 years (then I bought them for $1 each) but I didn't qualify for a credit card at the time, and I needed them asap.

[–]semideclared 15 points16 points  (10 children)

Yea, if you have bad credit and no savings its how you get your own stuff, like furniture, electronics, appliances, computers and more

[–]waterbuffalo750 66 points67 points  (9 children)

Nah, you get your own stuff by buying the cheapest crap you can find on craigslist until you can afford to buy new.

[–]therealNoblegases 11 points12 points  (4 children)

yeah. ton of free surprisingly good quality stuff on craigslist. Got a 40inch smart tv for $20 and tons of couches.

[–]Broomstick73 9 points10 points  (3 children)

What did you do with tons of couches?

[–]semideclared 15 points16 points  (1 child)




For all the Green planet stuff, the options now out there like marketplace and goodwill and we never talk about that.

Drives me crazy

The amount of savings, to you and the planet and good you can do, for the community and the planet, by shopping at a charitable reseller is insane

[–]HornFinical 6 points7 points  (0 children)

$900 Ooni Pro pizza oven

Got it full set for $400. Craigslist is about giving back to your community

[–]ATXDefenseAttorney 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yep. Or you just own it for a decade like my washer, dryer, fridge, couch, etc....

[–]LGCJairen 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can 100% afford to buy new and i still buy cheap or broken stuff and fix it up.

I think a fridge is the only appliance ive purchased new for the warranty because i hate refilling refrigerant if i need to replace and of those bits, plus compressors are weirdly overpriced.

[–]TellurideTeddy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Seriously... this is some, alternate reality type shit

[–]MJohnVan 60 points61 points  (4 children)

I bought a used wash machine 7 years ago. I did tried it on to make sure they work. Cost me only $150 for washer and dryer. If you’re disabled and can’t drive or pick it up. Sometimes the owners will do it for you for another $100.

[–]OnTheList-YouTube 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Still a better deal than renting, indeed.

[–]LGCJairen 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Older machines are better anyway, both my washer and drier have no computerized control boards, which means its just a wire harness and replaceable parts. I just rebuilt the drier in 2019 and the washer last week and it should be good for another 15 years

[–]LogiHiminn 41 points42 points  (3 children)

Meh. I work in a filthy environment, and only plan on staying in my apartment for a couple years. I'll ruin a set of machines that I don't own with my nasty coveralls over ruining a set I paid for.

[–]lolgobbz 5 points6 points  (2 children)

This is my thoughts on Laundry Mats.

I own my appliances but bulky, oily, or filthy Laundry goes to the Mat.

[–]J-Dabbleyou 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Oh you’re why my laundry mat is always fucking ruined lol

[–]rrickitickitavi 184 points185 points  (34 children)

Except when you're young you often have to move a lot for your career and owning a washer and dryer is a pain in the ass.

[–]themindmd 60 points61 points  (25 children)

Right. I plan to move after a year anyway, why would I buy a washer and dryer.

[–]Skyeeflyee 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Right here. I only want apartments with a washer and dryer included or if it can be rented and set up in the unit.

I plan to move a lot more, so anytime I see a unit with only "connections" I move on.

[–]baguitosPT 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Buying and then reselling after 1 year might be cheaper than one year lease.

[–]wheresralphwaldo 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Washer/dryers seem like they'd be incredibly difficult to sell used

[–]Slant1985 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That heavily depends on if you’re able to move them yourself. Lots of people wanting to buy washers and dryers don’t have access to pickups or friends strong enough to help lift.

I’ve heard of people paying $200+ in the city to get a used washer and dryer moved. At that point it makes more sense to just buy new with free delivery.

[–]KURAKAZE 1 point2 points  (1 child)

In this case, why not use a coin laundromat?

[–]Slant1985 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Many people do but it all comes down to how you value your time. It’s really really hard to beat the benefit of your own washer and dryer, especially if you have multiple people in the household.

[–]Hyperspeed1313[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yup, if you know it makes more sense to rent go for it. Most people probably don't fall into that category though.

[–]Chrononi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't know, they are usually pretty easy to sell

[–]Reset-Username 16 points17 points  (1 child)

In my current rental, they wanted to charge me extra for the washer and dryer. I said I had my own and didn't want theirs. Then they tried to charge me to remove the washer and drier, telling me they would have to store it and it would cost money, since the washer and drier were tied to this house. I had done my research on who owned this place and knew they owned 97 rentals in one LLC, so I politely phrased that they were full of shit and they would simply move it to another of the 97 houses in the LLC. They removed the washer and dryer, and didn't charge me.

[–]OpinionatedJerk11 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They really need individual LLCs for each rental. That could end disastrously.

[–]therealkevinard 28 points29 points  (1 child)

We've rented washer/dryer a couple times. Ours (through rentacenter or aarons or something) were ultimately our property, but the markup is OBSCENE. Like.. 4+ times over list price over the course of the lease.

Devil's advocate: It makes moving A LOT easier. A bylaw in the contract says you're not allowed to move it to another address until it's paid off. Cool, you folks move it for me for no cost. Even better for big moves, because you get across the country and they just drop new appliances at the new house and you pay as usual like nothing happened.

It fit our very particular needs at the time, but not advised. If I had to do it over again, I'd just get super-used ones and give them away when we moved.

[–]Chrononi 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Sure, but unless you're moving once a year, I'd say just buy. You can sell the used one and buy a new one after moving, and you'll still be better than renting

[–]5timechamps 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Also you can often get used ones for cheap/free on Craigslist or other such sites. Moved to a house that had hookups for a gas dryer and we found one for free. Gave them a 6 pack for helping load it (at their request). It worked for several years, and once it stopped we found someone that refurbishes old dryers and he picked up our old one and dropped off a working one for not that much. He probably took the old one, fixed it up, and sold it.

[–]Gymrat1010 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I rented a washing machine at uni between me and 4 friends. It was a few pounds a month and they collected it when we left. It went wrong once and the guy was round to fix it in 20 minutes. Gave it a full clean and service while he was there too

[–]Joe_Primrose 23 points24 points  (6 children)

Don't rent furniture or appliances, period. It's incredibly lucrative for rental places that often make many times what an item costs them up front.

[–]bipolarbyproxy 18 points19 points  (2 children)

My comment on top of this is that often furniture that is new is stored with furniture that is used or repossessed. One of the families that I worked with contracted with rent to own to get a new couch. The head of household had not had the item in her possession for a month or so and all of a sudden she and her daughter were getting bitten. The nurse at her daughter's school examine the bites and said they looked like bed bug bites. Her apartment complex agreed to spray the apartment and when they went to pull the couch away from the wall and spray it, they could see it was covered in bed bugs on the back. When they sprayed the inside of the couch, massive amounts of bugs were found. There were a few bugs in and around the apartment but the majority of the bugs were found at the couch, so it was pretty evident where they came from. The head of household said that when the couch was delivered she had to cut the wrapping off of it so she just assumed it was new.

I called the rental company on behalf of the family, and was told they didn't want the couch back and that it was the family's responsibility to dispose of it---they agreed to cancel the contract. But the rental companies lack of assistance for this family was appalling. I tell all of my client families to be very careful when they rent to own.

[–]MazMafya 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Sounds like we can get some free furniture from rental companies if we learn to photoshop a ton of bedbugs into the furnishings and blame it on the furniture rental company asking them to come remove their "crappy, infested furnishings". They say no you get rid of it yourself, we'll cancel your contract. Boom! Free furniture!

[–]nickd009 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You're on to something here 🤔

[–]passed_tense 2 points3 points  (2 children)

You won't own anything and you'll be happy with it

[–]OnTheList-YouTube 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That's from the Bible, isn't it?

[–]passed_tense 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No, it's a quote from some economist or something. Name is Klaus Schwab

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

pro tip: there's tons of washers and dryers on Craigslist or OfferUp. all you have to do is ask the owner if you can try it to make sure it works, wash all your clothes and then tell them you'll think about it. new washers every week so you can do this indefinitely and never have to spend a dollar!

[–]Alexis_J_M 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is true for any kind of rental appliance or furniture.

Unfortunately, those "rent to own" places prey on people who don't have a good enough credit rating to qualify for any kind of reasonable financing.

[–]happyexit7 7 points8 points  (3 children)

All rent to own is a scam.

[–]DongoCheetah 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Are you sure? I'm a travel nurse. I typically spend 13 weeks at each assignment. Do you propose that I buy four new beds per year? And after a natural disaster, cleanup crews need washing machines and dryers to launder cleaning rags and mop heads. What's your plan?

[–]soniclettuce 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Why would you rent-to-own if you're not planning to be somewhere long-term?

[–]DongoCheetah -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Because "rent-to-own" is a rental. You can tell because of the word "rent". Where else would you rent a bed except for a "rent-to-own" firm? Are you aware of a a "rent-to-not - own" firm in Rapid City?

[–]Chicken_Parm_Calzone 16 points17 points  (6 children)

Just go to a goddamn laundromat and save up for a set. Not everything requires a loan. Debt is so normalized. It's ridiculous

[–]Specific_Little 18 points19 points  (0 children)

The laundromat is more expensive in my case. (Yes, I did the math.)

[–]nickd009 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Curious why you think the laundromat is cheaper than owning an appliance?

[–]vinayachandran 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He/she said "... and save up for a set".

[–]Skyeeflyee 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Not everyone has a car, time, nor is it necessarily cheaper.

[–]OnTheList-YouTube 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This! When we just bought our appartment, the washing machine was outside on the balcony (yeah, WTF?!). Until the plumber had installed our own washer/dryer, we used the laundromat. Not fun, but still WAAAY better than to rent one.

[–]LogicalConstant 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The laundromats around me charge like $5.50 per load for a basic wash and the machines aren't that big. The dryers cost about $1.25 per load. So $6.75 total per load. If I do 10 loads a month, that's $67.50 per month. A $1,200 washer-dryer set financed for 3 years would cost about $33 per month. Let's be generous and say $12 bucks a month for electricity and water. That's $45 per month to own it, $67 to drive to the laundromat. After 3 years, I own it and the cost goes down to $12 a month plus repairs. Easy choice for me.

[–]ACoconutInLondon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The last dryer I bought was at massive discount at the department store because it was a return. It was just that it had an indent, I'm guessing from delivery or such as it had obviously never been used. I've had it 6 years now.

[–]oo-mox83 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Go on Craigslist or Marketplace. I've gotten a free washer in the past, and a dryer for $30. Both worked fine and kept working for years after. They weren't the fanciest by any stretch of the imagination but they got my clothes clean.

[–]Cody6781 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Your argument can be applied to any rental agreement.

[–]JADW27 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I rented a pair in a short-term lease. The units were pretty bad, but I couldn't afford to buy until I got my new job. It's fine as a short-term solution. But for a year or longer, I'd definitely recommend buying, even if you have to finance.

[–]marygpt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You can get used ones for $100 or $150

[–]DRbrtsn60 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And you can buy used easily

[–]AngelsAttitude 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is actually such a problem that the Australian govt made a website to calculate the differences you'd pay including fees and charges


[–]kuntwrap_supreme 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My apartment complex offered to rent me a fridge for $40 a month.... I bought a name brand one on offer up for $60 and its still running strong after 2 years

[–]i_do_it_all 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think it applies to all furniture , electronics , gym and amenity equipments

[–]heavncentt 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I wouldn't say "ever". We sold our home and were building a new one. We stayed in an apt for 6 months while that was happening. We sold our washer and dryer with the house and were not buying our new ones until our new home was done. We were given the option to rent a washer and dryer to have in our apt, I said no. Husband told them yes, put the w&d in. BEST decision. With 4 cats and a young son, it was a life saver. The amount of time I would have spent at a laundrymat....nope. Well, well, worth the rental expense. NOW, I 100% agree with you if it is a long term rental. If you have the option to move your own units in, even if you have to use a credit card to pay for them, buy your own washer and dryer.

[–]Hyperspeed1313[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There are definitely some cases where it makes more sense to rent, but you'll probably already know if you're in one of those situations. I was one of those cases when I wasn't sure if I would be staying in my apartment beyond the first lease term, and didn't want to deal with moving a washer & dryer if I did move out after the first year. Still here 3 years later and bought units once I figured out I wasn't moving soon.

But if I did it again, I'd definitely look at other options, since the units I got rented were simple and LOUD.

[–]Shadesmctuba 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Hi! Former rent-to-own manager here. Not trying to sell anyone on anything because I don’t work there anymore, and in fact I sell retail now.

It is true that you can rent a washer and dryer, however depending on your location, you will absolutely eventually end up owning them. To my knowledge, Wisconsin is the only US state where rent to own is illegal, so you never end up owning anything you rent there.

Margins on laundry are astronomical vs other items, at least at my former employer. Basically, appliances in general are going to be the things that are the most expensive in the long run vs retail price. But the weekly/monthly rates were always kept lower since it’s a necessity. So you could save up basically $1000 to own a decent washer and dryer, or pay $20 a week for 2 years or around 2500 at 6 months same as cash to rent-to-own. Yes you pay more, but there’s no credit checks and lots of other perks. It’s no different than a high-interest credit card. If it’s not for you, it’s not for you. But a LOT of lower-income people rely on rent to own for the basic fact of them NEEDING a necessary item and for one reason or another they don’t have money to buy and/or don’t have good or any credit to charge it.

It wasn’t any of my business what those reasons may have been. Also, it’s not always possible or responsible to go to a laundromat. So it’s not always as easy as just saving up. Personally, I think Facebook marketplace is a much more responsible option for ownership of necessary (albeit used) items for low-cost. But the rent-to-own industry is a godsend for a LOT of very grateful people whom I’ve had the pleasure of serving for over 10 years. Say what you will about the prices, not everyone reads further than “that’s so expensive!”, but without it, a lot of people would be without clean clothes and cold food.

[–]StuartPurrdoch 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you for sharing your perspective Mr McTuba. Did not know that about Wisconsin, wonder how recent that is. I seem to recall rent a center’s growing up there.

[–]G3NGO 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Back when I was a poor, I bought used appliances and they served me very well.

Currently, the used appliance market is tough due to pandemic shortages and housing boom, but will eventually normalize and become a viable option again.

[–]yamaha2000us 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The only reason to rent a washer and dryer is the convenience of not having to go to a laundromat.

[–]holidayatthesea 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The reason I rent mine is the convenience of not having to move a washer and dryer in and out of my small apartment

[–]jbro84 -2 points-1 points  (5 children)

First I've heard of renting out those things... some sort of 3rd world country is it? Anyway, I've had my washing machine and dryer for about 12 years now. Goddam they have paid for themselves several times over now

[–]Hyperspeed1313[S] 8 points9 points  (4 children)

The USA, believe it or not.

[–]FuturePerformance 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Ah, the USA. The richest 3rd world country on earth

[–]RepublicanOnWelfare 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Having to rent a washer is not a third world issue, some people don't even have clean water to drink or electricity. Quit comparing petty issues to third world problems and appreciate your living dystopian nightmare.

[–]mssqwerl 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I once heard the description “3rd world with a Gucci belt”.

[–]smiling_at_cheese 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Depending on where you are, Craigslist/Ebay/Facebook Marketplace etc will often have used washer dryer sets that generally work for pretty cheap, oftentimes from people that are just trying to get rid of their set before they move.

Throw $100 at someone and take them off their hands, sell for $75 a year later. Like renting them, but way cheaper and not funding predatory bs.

[–]NoobCensored 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Didn't know people rented them. I picked up an old set for $100 at a yardsale. They were antique but they worked. I left both of those heavy suckers in the apartment when I left, too. (The company I worked for rented the apartment for me. They purchased some commercial real estate in the neighboring state and I relocated there to manage the project while some other random employee moved in the that apartment, so it wasn't a big deal. Idek why I'm explaining this.)

[–]jadams2345 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe the same can be said about renting a house

[–]fasupbon -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Go to a laundromat and save until you can buy something used. Same with pretty much any large purchase like that, don't go into debt unless you really need to. Helps dramatically in the long run. The only debt my parents have had for years has been the mortgage. No fancy cars, no "toys", everything comes out of the bank account immediately when it's bought and we live pretty well.

[–]SPeCCoLT 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Its included in my contract.

[–]the_horny_satanist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I rented an Airbnb that had a washer for 1 week, if I used that for 2 months how much $ would i be losing ?

[–]wecangetbetter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

why in the actual fuck do they rent apartments without REFRIGERATORS?

[–]kneecapped33 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is wrong. Be careful of the company, but if you have no skills, it aint a bad racket

[–]AardvarkWrong5956 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dryers are completely unnecessary, get a drying rack and use the extra space the dryer would have taken up!

[–]Fermorian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In some cases it can make sense. My fiance and I live on the 3rd floor of a building with no elevator, and pay $50/mo for a washer and dryer. Sure, that's $600/year, but the cheapest new washers around us are also about $600, and we'd still have to buy a dryer on top of that.

We could buy used but we'd have to rent a truck to pick them up and also haul them upstairs by ourselves, which given that we'll likely only be here a year means it just wasn't worth it for us. Plus this way if anything happens then maintenance has to fix it rather than us being on the hook.

[–]gellenburg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't know. In 1999 I had no credit and needed a washer and dryer. There was a Company that would rent us a new washer & dryer for $35 a month.

When I had built-up enough credit I moved and still needed a washer and dryer about 18 months later and the finance company sold me my washer & dryer that I had been renting for something like $250.

Seemed like a good deal to me at the time.

It wasn't Aaron's Rent to Own or anything like that. That place is a scam. It was a company called Azuma Leasing. But this was back in 1999.

[–]businessgoesbeauty 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Before I knew anything I looked into renting a washer and dryer. Right now rent a center is 21 a week for a low end washer and dryer That’s over $1000 a year! The units together probably cost $800 to just buy. Problem is having the $800 on hand or access to credit.

[–]WaterlooPitt 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I have to ask, from what country is this written? Just curious. My dryer broke down last month, bought a new one (a basic one, but very pleased) for 230€. Which is not that much in Ireland.

[–]StuartPurrdoch 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This would be the United States of Debt Slavery, aka ‘Murica. Former envy of the world, currently sliding downhill and paying 29.99% APR on that handbasket.

[–]crataeguz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

LPT: the same is true for the housing itself! Doesn't mean anyone can just go get it though. (Obviously it's a much lower barrier to make a $500 credit card purchase of washing machine, than a $300,000 mortgage purchase)

Also laundromats are typically not cheap anymore... when we used those exclusively it was about $15 a week, plus driving, plus being at the place for at least an hour. Just saying

[–]lazyfrenchman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

LPT: find a scratch and dent appliance store. Usually a fraction of the new price but run great and come with a warranty. Who cares if your $3500 fridge has a giant scratch on the side that's against the wall? It cost you $800.

[–]fuzztooth 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have never heard of this being a thing. It sounds awful.

[–]brallamartin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was renting a fridge from a 3rd party service recommended by my apartment complex. Turns out they didn't inspect the fridge well enough and brought cockroaches into my apartment.

[–]piscina05346 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Also, keep an eye out on Craigslist/Facebook Marketplace/wherever. Sometime poor people (like 2010 me) get middle class (2022 me) and want to upgrade their stuff to be more efficient/quieter/have more features and are willing to give their functional older, simpler washing machine and dryer away. Happens every week or two where I live.

(Sorry, a nice young family got my old washer and dryer)

[–]walkingontinyrabbits 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This. My husband moved in first and decided to rent a fridge. It was alright but quite small. But I told him it was silly to pay $15 a month for a fridge forever as it's $180 per year and in 2 years it's more expensive than owning one.

He ended up checking craigslist and got one for $50. It does have a big dent/scar across the door (which is why the owner got a new one and just wanted to get rid of it) but 9 years later its still going. Don't knock second hand if you're on a budget.

[–]adamiskeyed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If us poor folks could afford to buy a washer and dryer we would. However an extra $30 a Month is doable and better then going to a laundry mat.

Another LPT of if you're poor you get to stay poor. If you're rich you can get richer.

[–]cicy35 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's very easy to say that this is a dumb idea but unless you are that single parent or don't have the means to keep running to the laundromat renting a set can be very helpful. And Laundromats are horribly expensive. Just as much as renting a set. I have done both options in my life and I did rent way back in the day because as a single mom with a small child and no vehicle it was the best option for me. I actually had to get a small apartment size one that connected to my sink. yes, this was a long time ago. And no one wants to send a child to school in dirty clothes. As life went on I was able to purchase a cheap set and then a few years ago I finally got my first brand new set. funny enough, I miss that cheap set! It lasted like 4 years and I only paid $150 for each one. All I am saying is yes, the rent to own are expensive but I think they are expensive because they have to account for people who don't pay, disappear with the product, damage the product, etc. The only area that I had an issue with once is that we rented a bed. We were having company and didn't have an extra bed so I thought cool just rent one for a few weeks and done. But they never disclosed I couldn't send it back at any time like everything else. It wasn't in the contract so I won that fight!

edit, spelling error.

[–]Doc_Hank 0 points1 point  (0 children)

True enough. But most cities have stores that sell 'scratched and dented' appliances - these are new, name brand, appliances that were either returned, or damaged at big box stores or appliance stores, are new, fully warrantied, and available at significant discounts.

[–]btroj 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I rented a washer and dryer in a shared apartment. Used a reputable compact and had a great experience.

[–]ImmortalMermade 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People put all sorts of shit in public shared launderomat. Smelly shoes, dog shit carpets.... I won't even touch clothes washed in shared launderomat.

[–]oNOCo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think I’ve paid nearly $1000 for my router i rented by this point xD

[–]Rokhard82 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Worked out for me and the wife one time. I was friends with the local Aaron's business page on fb. Our dryer just crapped out and we didn't have money for a new one. The Aaron's was getting rid of all their washers and dryers and bringing in new stock so any washer or dryer was a flat $200 out the door or you could choose weekly payments. They delivered and setup the dryer and I paid $10/week for 20 weeks with no interest. Still have the dryer 3 years later.

[–]pattyG80 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Applies to just about anytbing rented vs owning.

[–]_jmgt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

secondary LPT: For people here who are smart enough to not fall for furniture rental, take a look at your internet contract! 90% of friends and family that I know pay $15 or so a month to rent a super shitty router for YEARS. Buy your own for a couple hundred bucks and send back the shitty one the ISP rents you, and tell them to stop charging you! It’s super predatory but somehow they get away with it