Monday, November 9, 2009

Did you get any new appliances?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Did the cost-savings carrot we call a tax-free weekend lure you into stores? No, me either.

Just because a discount is offered — brace yourself shop-a-holics — you don't need to take advantage of it. In my house, we'd rather fix something than replace it.

Remember: Reduce, reuse, renew, recycle, rethink.

Retailers were expecting a boost in appliance sales this weekend as North Carolina's second tax-free holiday for energy-efficient electronics lured in customers ready to purchase the big ticket items.

Most washers, dryers and refrigerators which carry the Energy Star seal are among the purchases which qualify for tax-free sales.

"The newer models use up to 50-percent less energy," said Mike Wilson, a manager at the Lowe's Home Improvement store on Iverson Way.

Lowe's was among several stores that offered discounts on energy efficient appliances during the sales tax holiday.

Read more from MSNBC and NewsChannel 36.

So what happens to all of those old appliances? Good question.

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