I Dont Believe It Victor Meldrews Famous Catch Phrase

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'I DON'T BELIEVE IT' - Victor Meldrew's famous catch phrase

Date: 10th February 2014


If you ever watched the series ‘One Foot in the Grave’ with the Grumpy Old Man – Victor Meldrew – you’ll probably remember one of his favourite phrases was ‘I don’t believe it’ said in the inimitable style of the actor RichardWilson.

Well – I’ve just uttered those words. I have a very small integrated fridge in my kitchen and recently one of the hinges gave way. The very nice people from Deal Discount Domestic sent one of their chaps to have a look. It is only a broken hinge but wait for it – the hinges are £156 each and it is best to replace two!! I’ve just found the original bill from 30th June 2011. It is a SMEG (Italian)  fridge and cost £299 plus fitting and only carried a guarantee for one year.

Can you believe it – two hinges would cost me the price of a new fridge. The darned thing is out of guarantee and there’s no way I’m going to pay that price for a pair of hinges – so an otherwise perfectly good fridge could hit the recycling  having lasted less than 3 years.  The fridge itself still functions perfectly well but how long the hinge will last with bits of metal missing is anyone's guess.

With that price for their hinges, I’m surprised that SMEG are still in business. Wishing to establish who manufacture SMEG – ITALIAN apparently - much to my surprise I’ve just read on line that SMEG are regarded as Status Symbols in the home. I can assure you that I had very little choice because of the fridge being integrated so you can’t see what make it is anyway – and whoever heard of a fridge being a status symbol. To me it’s a workhorse to store food and keep it cool.

And no, I shall certainly not be either buying hinges or ever touching again any white goods manufactured by SMEG.

ADDENDUM -    HUGE THANKS to Barbara McCarthy who read my blog and contacted me to let me know I could get a pair of Smeg hinges on Ebay for £39.70 - which I have done. So I don't have to fork out for a new fridge just yet.

'Never count your chickens before they hatch' - spoke too soon.  Hinges arrived - they were generic and certainly not Smeg nor did they fit my fridge.  I'm sure my money will be refunded but I don't feel like paying the postage as they were very heavy. 

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