Amazon will do and say anything to make a sale - and keep a sale!
Our old hot tub finally died - it was 20 years old, which is beyond the service design life of most appliances. The vinyl liner had wrinkles and cracked and was starting to leak. The pump seized up while we were away this summer - the main bearing was a puffy mess of pack corrosion. I could buy a new pump and heat exchanger for about $250 and a new vinyl liner for about $1200 - plus the various parts and tools to install it. It would have been $1500 to $1750 overall, to try to "fix" something that was two decades old - when a new hot tub can be had for $2500 to $3500. So we cut up the softub and put it in the trash. I salvaged the controller and sold it online for a few bucks.
I digress, but while this "right to repair" movement is interesting, the Weibull curve cannot be denied. Sure, I could throw nearly two grand at the old hot tub, but what is to say the controller doesn't go bad next? Or some other part? The cover was starting to get crispy as well. Not to mention the hassle of installing the new pump, and in particular, the new liner - make one mistake cutting around a jet, and you've ruined the liner - one reason few people re-skin these. Few places are left that do the service. Repairing end-of-life appliances is often short-sighted. Sure, you may be able to squeak out a few more years out of a car or a refrigerator, but at what cost? The law of diminishing returns kicks in.
So great, the Swedes have enacted a "right to repair" law. Is anyone out there going to "repair" their iPhone4 or Galaxy S4? They are obsolete and won't even run most new apps. My old laptops soldier on, but I will likely replace them only because they are obsolete and "not worth fixing" anymore. I can't even edit video on these. It is a good idea, particularly for things like cars, where automakers are trying to lock out home mechanics with proprietary software. On the other hand, a used car that can't be repaired at a reasonable cost will plummet in value - as most older 7-series BMWs and S-class Mercedes already do. The market could then make a choice (and is, by valuing older luxury cars so little) and thus force manufacturers to unlock these devices. Perhaps. We'll see. I digress.
We looked online for another "plug and play" 110V hot tub. But a funny thing - most of America is trapped at home and everyone is doing home improvements. Windows and doors are sold out and back-ordered for months. The cost of lumber has skyrocketed 80% or more. It is a shitty time to do home improvements - every carpenter is booked up until summer at least.
We looked at Wayfair and they had a nice selection of hard-sided "plug and play" 100V tubs. But most were listed as "sold out" and others with a delivery time of 30 weeks or more! Thirty Weeks! That's more than half a year! We would be up in Maine by then, and not available to take delivery of a tub. Oh, and there is Wayfair's weird pricing schemes - where prices change hourly!
I kept looking online and even contacted one manufacturer in Florida directly. They said the same thing - 30 weeks, take it or leave it. I offered to drive down there and pick it up. No dice - shipping was "free" and no discounts for taking it off the loading dock.
We were about to give up, when we saw a tub on Amazon that looked pretty good, but a little more expensive than we first wanted to spend. But the key was, they said they could deliver it in 4-6 weeks. So on December 26th we ordered it. They gave us a delivery date of March 10th - which is more than 4-6 weeks, but OK, I guess that is like 12 weeks, but still better than 30 weeks, I guess. When I log onto the Amazon site, under "tracking information" it gives me this:
Arriving March 10 between 6 AM - 6 PMSomeone must be present to receive this deliveryOrdered December 26Shipped December 26