44c wrote:That's a nice fridge, but IMO too expensive. If/when it breaks down, it's not a cheap replacement option, you'll have to pay to have it fixed.
I got a westinghouse 90 litre freezer for $300, it was the most efficient freezer of that size on the government website, 5 stars in the old system. There is also a 90 litre matching fridge, also quite efficient.
I have a pair of 1500 watt pure sine wave inverters, which cost $330 each.
I dont think it would be that hard to repair. You see the cut away in the top left corner, thats where the danfoss bd50 sits. From all reports danfoss are a very robust compressor. I would say if that went, a replacement would not be a big job. Then there is a condenser plate, no moving parts in them but I suppose they can corrode, not sure and I assume somewhere in them is a thermostat and volume dial, and a light controlled by the door. But I think its the compressor that is most likely to go and that would be a fairly easy swap out given where they put it, and probably for that reason.
I agree wholeheartedly on the way too expensive, around double to triple your domestic prices (figure about $800 to $1000 for side by side matching under bench fridge and freezer), but there are 2 reasons for that, 1 reasonable, 1 lousy, the first is production scales, they would churn out thousands of domestic fridges all the same bringing down the cost of production compared to hundreds of the marine variety so fair enough.
The other reason is that magic word marine, which seems to translate into these people own boats, therefore they must be rich therefore they will pay tripple for stuff. Thats the part that sucks. This same fridge is available in the US retail for US$1800 (about AU$US1900 plus the freight to get it here) http://www.marinewarehouse.net/isotherm.html#Stainless
why is it that we must pay double that here. Fortunately I will be getting it at wholesale which is $2800 but how is it that our wholesale is still 30% more than the US retail? The freight from the US in a what is called LCL where you buy only some space in a container on one of these would be about $500 if you were only bringing one, but at least 20 would fit in a 20ft container and that would cost $4000 to bring over so about $200 per fridge at most. (If I had to pay retail here of $3800 I would not even consider this as an option). There is also a used one on ebay at the moment for $1800.
This is the part that really annoys me, it annoys me to the point that I have no hesitation in buying overseas wherever I can. I want to support Aussie business, but not when they are robbing us blind. It annoyed me enough to start importing hatches, it annoys me enough that the first place I look now is OS and I contemplate a bulk shipment of anything high $ to see if it is worthwhile becoming an importer of them. I am thinking about bringing in solar panels and maybe even lithium batteries although I am a bit concerned about my lack of knowledge with the batteries, but solar panels are a dime a dozen ex China now or even ex retail US. You can buy solar panels for about US2$ per watt now. It actually got to less than that but they seem to be climbing again. I am bringing in 1000watts for myself in 130 watt panels but they will change the panel confguration, and whilst I dont know the shipping cost yet, I figure it will add about 15% to the cost, plus I will most likely have to pay duty and gst which adds another 15% so for about AU$3 per watt. A 200watt panel here retails for over $1000 so I am saving about half I think.
Its a joke how badly we are ripped off in Australia regarding marine products.