« on: June 04, 2013, 05:41:33 PM »
Well it's spiffy all the same. Thanks for the link!
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My Seal-a-meal by Rival promptly failed after a couple uses. I've had it's replacement (Foodsaver) for 5 years now.
I love my Foodsaver...I bought it in 1991 (or thereabouts) and have used it for both food and brewing stuff. It still pulls as good a vacuum as ever. I've had sero issues with it. The only maintenance I've had to perform is to run an ounce or two of a warm, diluted vinegar solution through it to clean it. One of the best appliance purchases I've ever made.
This is exactly what I was worried about and why I want a FoodSaver. I would rather not buy it twice. As my mom says, only rich people can afford to buy cheap things.
On the other hand, everything is made in China these days and a higher price doesn't necessarily mean quality. You're going to find bad reviews for almost everything out there if you search for it. It's cheaper for the manufacturers to offer better warranties and replace lemons than to build something that lasts.
You should probably identify the bugs before you start spraying with soap. There are beneficial bugs too