Spanky,- We're not in any way belittling the people who buy this rubbish, but their "penny wise, pound foolish" decision-making.
Sure, anyone practical CAN keep one of these things running. I., myself have repaired a friend's Chinese POS a couple of times,including cannibalising a washing-machine fill-solenoid to repair a burnt-out detergent-release solenoid.
The point is, the AVERAGE buyer has niether the time, inclination or skills to repair/replace/rework parts or make an accurate fault-diagnosis in the first place.
This forum is full of posts by disillusioned people who thought that a cheap appliance would perform as wellas, and as reliably as, a dear one..... they don't!
Unlike cars, where, generally, a cheap basic model is just as long-lived as a "flash " one.
but the cheap one is not a status-symbol,so the extra outlay is for a luxurious interior, styling and prestige.
Your car will still perform it's primary function (transport) without aircon, yet you're quite happy to spend the price of a half-decent appliance,just to get this optional extra fixed!
I totally agree that it's much better to spend £15 on a part, than scrapping the machine..or, for that matter, spending 400 on aircon, rather than scrapping the car.
I'm sure that many posters' frustration is simply due to this distorted sense of values , scrimping on appliances that are used day-in day-out, but quite happy to spend large sums on what might be termed luxuries , that are use a handful of times each year.
There, I feel better now i've got that off my chest
old enough for wisdom, young enough to be compos mentis.