Jjj

Elizabethtown, KY

#1 Aug 10, 2010
Do u have to have a payment up front and do they do a credit check??

Since: Oct 09

Hart County, KY.

#2 Aug 10, 2010
Why don't you just throw your money down the sewer?

“I'm not bad..”

Since: Aug 08

I'm just drawn that way

#3 Aug 11, 2010
payment up front- I think 2 weeks to start and no credit check- You just have to give up 3-4 of your friends/family phone numbers.

For some it's the only way they can afford certain appliances. You do end up paying about 3 times what you would if you just bought it straight out somewhere else though.
UL fan

Glasgow, KY

#4 Aug 11, 2010
Original T Jefferson wrote:
Why don't you just throw your money down the sewer?
Yeah for real,i will never understand why someone would want to go and pay three times more than what something would cost at a normal store.Save your money,pay off the bills you owe that have ruined your creditand then save alittle more money and go out and pay cash for whatever it is your looking for.It might take a couple of years,but its alot better than giving your money to them every week.

Since: Oct 09

Hart County, KY.

#5 Aug 11, 2010
UL fan wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah for real,i will never understand why someone would want to go and pay three times more than what something would cost at a normal store.Save your money,pay off the bills you owe that have ruined your creditand then save alittle more money and go out and pay cash for whatever it is your looking for.It might take a couple of years,but its alot better than giving your money to them every week.
Amen to that! Last time I checked, Rent-A-Center didn't sell anything that was a necessity for sustaining human life. Everybody wants instant gratification- nobody will save and pay for what they buy- instead, they'll pay thousands of dollars in interest.

I used to know someone who did repos for Rent-A-Center...heh...the stories he would tell! I forget the exact percentage of their stuff that they have to repo...but it was HUGE.

Ahh...the absurdities of modern American culture. Seems like the mainstreamers are starting to imitate the ghetto-dwellers. How did we get to this, from a few generations ago where people lived during the Great Depression, and lived better and healthier with less and weren't in debt or on welfare?
take some

Glasgow, KY

#6 Aug 12, 2010
i just want one of those fine woman in there. :P
been there and did that

Glasgow, KY

#7 Aug 12, 2010
Original T Jefferson wrote:
<quoted text>
Amen to that! Last time I checked, Rent-A-Center didn't sell anything that was a necessity for sustaining human life. Everybody wants instant gratification- nobody will save and pay for what they buy- instead, they'll pay thousands of dollars in interest.
I used to know someone who did repos for Rent-A-Center...heh...the stories he would tell! I forget the exact percentage of their stuff that they have to repo...but it was HUGE.
Ahh...the absurdities of modern American culture. Seems like the mainstreamers are starting to imitate the ghetto-dwellers. How did we get to this, from a few generations ago where people lived during the Great Depression, and lived better and healthier with less and weren't in debt or on welfare?
83% of their rental agreements never go the term or get "paid off", meaning they get repo'd. The average item they "rent" out, will go through 6-7 "potential owners" before being paid off, or cash sold. They (RAC) expect to get "4-turns" on their merchandise, meaning, they must make a 400% profit of each item, before letting it be cash sold, or purchased.

Since: Oct 09

Hart County, KY.

#8 Aug 12, 2010
take some wrote:
i just want one of those fine woman in there.:P
I think they rent those by the hour- but you could probably get one cheaper somewhere else, and without all the "problems" caused by the ghetto dwellers who rented her previously.....
been there and did that wrote:
<quoted text>
83% of their rental agreements never go the term or get "paid off", meaning they get repo'd. The average item they "rent" out, will go through 6-7 "potential owners" before being paid off, or cash sold. They (RAC) expect to get "4-turns" on their merchandise, meaning, they must make a 400% profit of each item, before letting it be cash sold, or purchased.
Thanks- that sounds about right.

I have to laugh, too- as I read that some states are starting to give Rent-A-Center a hard time- calling them "predatory lenders" and claiming that their interest is too high, etc.(Amazing...these goobers can't defend our borders...but they can waste our tax money hassling legitimate businesses which people freely choose to use....)

I have to laugh though- because when you take into account the cost of all those repos; the fact that the merchandise is no longer new after someone has rented it and the fact that oftentimes what they repo is damaged by the customer (Not to mention that things like electronics have a short shelf life, and their value decreases rapidly or they become obsolete practically overnight), how would they expect them to make a profit if they didn't charge the ridiculous rates that they do?

Watch...these bungholes will end up driving RAC and similar places out of business. I really think they are on a mission to destroy all business and commerce in this country. If they're not, they're doing a damn good job of it anyway.....

“I'm not bad..”

Since: Aug 08

I'm just drawn that way

#9 Aug 12, 2010
washer and dryer - is a neccessity of modern life. If you don't have 3 or 4 hundred laying around or even 1 -2 hundred for a used set - you pay on average at least 15$ a week to go to the laundramat. Renting a set is roughly what 20-40$ a week. Paying a little extra is worth it if you take into consideration the hassel of lugging clothes back and forth, the chance you take on ruining good clothes because some idiot washed oily rags in the washer before you or the washer itself is leaking oil due to poor maintanence, if you can't get there during business hours, etc.
They also sell refrigerators and stoves which are necessary for modern life.
I don't see paying that much for non-essentials though- couch, bed, Tv's, camera's, game systems.

Since: Oct 09

Hart County, KY.

#10 Aug 12, 2010
Ol Skool wrote:
washer and dryer - is a neccessity of modern life. If you don't have 3 or 4 hundred laying around or even 1 -2 hundred for a used set - you pay on average at least 15$ a week to go to the laundramat. Renting a set is roughly what 20-40$ a week. Paying a little extra is worth it if you take into consideration the hassel of lugging clothes back and forth, the chance you take on ruining good clothes because some idiot washed oily rags in the washer before you or the washer itself is leaking oil due to poor maintanence, if you can't get there during business hours, etc.
They also sell refrigerators and stoves which are necessary for modern life.
I don't see paying that much for non-essentials though- couch, bed, Tv's, camera's, game systems.
Better to go to the laundry for a few weeks and save to buy a used washer (sans dryer- hang stuff to dry) for $100, than to pay that much just over the course of a few weeks for a rented washer. But hey...as long as it's someone's own money which they earned....I don't care what they do.
When my mother's fridge went out recently, she lived out of a cooler for a couple of weeks till the new fridge which I bought for her was delivered.(I bought it right away...took a while for Lowes to get it, as they conveniently never stock the on-sale models!)
But you know, as my friend who worked for RAC used to say, the majority of their rentals were not for fridges and washers- but for furniture and electronics- especially TVs and computers.
After having used laundromats for most of my life before moving here- I have to say, that having a washer and dryer is a nice luxury (I only use my dryer in the winter)....but I never had a problem with the laundries- I'd always smell the machines before putting my clothes in, to make sure no one washed rags or diapers opr anything like you said (Saved my butt on several occasions!)- actually, those commercial front-loaders get the clothes cleaner than the average household washer.(Heh...it used to be fun impressing the ladies at the laundy, when they'd see I could fold fitted sheets!)
been there and did that

Glasgow, KY

#11 Aug 12, 2010
Over 50% of the active rental agreements at Rac are Televisions, Computers, and Game Systems. Rent-A-Center's are stocked with merchandise that is "considered" new, however even though it may come in a box, their corporate office always buys all of the "reconditioned" televisions and computers. The items are then distributed nationwide to their stores, and sold as New. The average computer will go through 7 owners before being finally paid off. The plasma or lcd tv will be in 6 different homes before being paid out. Rent-A-Center must "turn" at least 400% profit on each items cost in order to cover their high over-head monthly expenses. It cost the "normal" store around $55k in operating expenses each month, this is why they charge crazy prices for their stuff. What keeps them in business, and struggling now to "hang on" is people still use their services and struggle to pay that weekly payment, in fear that their new tv, or game system that they have now shown off to their family and friends will get repo'd. Nothing worse than un-plugging that Playstation while a 7 year old is still playing it, and listening to the child ask why you are taking their birthday present.(This is a true story) Or when you go to the home and the customer decides to make a payment on their 60 inch television, but lets you repo their fridge. RAC preys upon the ignorance of people who do not have the common sense to "do the math" PLAIN AND SIMPLE

“I'm not bad..”

Since: Aug 08

I'm just drawn that way

#12 Aug 12, 2010
Original T Jefferson wrote:
<quoted text>
Better to go to the laundry for a few weeks and save to buy a used washer (sans dryer- hang stuff to dry) for $100, than to pay that much just over the course of a few weeks for a rented washer. But hey...as long as it's someone's own money which they earned....I don't care what they do.
When my mother's fridge went out recently, she lived out of a cooler for a couple of weeks till the new fridge which I bought for her was delivered.(I bought it right away...took a while for Lowes to get it, as they conveniently never stock the on-sale models!)
But you know, as my friend who worked for RAC used to say, the majority of their rentals were not for fridges and washers- but for furniture and electronics- especially TVs and computers.
After having used laundromats for most of my life before moving here- I have to say, that having a washer and dryer is a nice luxury (I only use my dryer in the winter)....but I never had a problem with the laundries- I'd always smell the machines before putting my clothes in, to make sure no one washed rags or diapers opr anything like you said (Saved my butt on several occasions!)- actually, those commercial front-loaders get the clothes cleaner than the average household washer.(Heh...it used to be fun impressing the ladies at the laundy, when they'd see I could fold fitted sheets!)
"before moving here" is the key in that statement- I think :) I've tried doing the laundry thing here but have never been impressed by the business or anything else you'd find there. Know what I mean? Now there's only one in town, right? Glasgow could improve in a LOT of areas. The bad thing is a decent business try to move in and the citizens (young and old) demolish it.
Brian

Glasgow, KY

#13 Aug 14, 2010
Fine ladies thats a joke..Where there

Since: Oct 09

Hart County, KY.

#14 Aug 15, 2010
Ol Skool wrote:
<quoted text>
"before moving here" is the key in that statement- I think :) I've tried doing the laundry thing here but have never been impressed by the business or anything else you'd find there. Know what I mean? Now there's only one in town, right? Glasgow could improve in a LOT of areas. The bad thing is a decent business try to move in and the citizens (young and old) demolish it.
Well...it is true that the laundries I used where I used to live were a lot nicer than what I've seen here. They had new machines and carpeted floors and were kept clean and all.... But I did use the laundries here for a few months when I first moved here- and while they were dumps with dilapidated machines, and not very pleasant to use.....I could still do the laundry with no problem (I'm sure the one that used to be in Edmonton was much worse than anything in Glasgow!)
Now you've got me curious- how do the citizens demolish a business? It's hard to maintain a profitable small business in places where there isn't a big population- and especially in places like Glasgow, where the business districts are spread out in 4 different directions, and the big crowd drawers seem to pick up and move every few years. While I know most people are slobs and treat laundromats like garbage dumps.....from what I've seen, the owners don't do a very good job of staying on top of things and keeping their places up either. Not that I can blame them, though- as they're obviously struggling along and not making any money....
just sayin

Glasgow, KY

#15 Aug 15, 2010
The only laundromat in Glasgow has only Cold Water wash! I had to go there a few months back when I didn't have a washer, and after doing one load I figured out that setting the machine on Hot/Cold for Wash/Rinse did not get me anywhere! They can't expect to get any business if you can't get your clothes clean.

Since: Oct 09

Hart County, KY.

#16 Aug 15, 2010
just sayin wrote:
The only laundromat in Glasgow has only Cold Water wash! I had to go there a few months back when I didn't have a washer, and after doing one load I figured out that setting the machine on Hot/Cold for Wash/Rinse did not get me anywhere! They can't expect to get any business if you can't get your clothes clean.
THat is what I had heard, also. That is pathetic!(Bet they sell a lot of All-Temperature Cheer detergent!:D)

How the heck can ya wash without warm water?!-And especially in machines which are used by others- the hot water at least would help kill the cooties. I'd sooner wash in the sink.
just sayin

Glasgow, KY

#17 Aug 15, 2010
Original T Jefferson wrote:
<quoted text>
THat is what I had heard, also. That is pathetic!(Bet they sell a lot of All-Temperature Cheer detergent!:D)
How the heck can ya wash without warm water?!-And especially in machines which are used by others- the hot water at least would help kill the cooties. I'd sooner wash in the sink.
I actually did do the "Chinese laundry" thing with my t-shirts for a couple of weeks, and the weather dried them in record time!

“I'm not bad..”

Since: Aug 08

I'm just drawn that way

#18 Aug 16, 2010
Original T Jefferson wrote:
<quoted text>
Well...it is true that the laundries I used where I used to live were a lot nicer than what I've seen here. They had new machines and carpeted floors and were kept clean and all.... But I did use the laundries here for a few months when I first moved here- and while they were dumps with dilapidated machines, and not very pleasant to use.....I could still do the laundry with no problem (I'm sure the one that used to be in Edmonton was much worse than anything in Glasgow!)
Now you've got me curious- how do the citizens demolish a business? It's hard to maintain a profitable small business in places where there isn't a big population- and especially in places like Glasgow, where the business districts are spread out in 4 different directions, and the big crowd drawers seem to pick up and move every few years. While I know most people are slobs and treat laundromats like garbage dumps.....from what I've seen, the owners don't do a very good job of staying on top of things and keeping their places up either. Not that I can blame them, though- as they're obviously struggling along and not making any money....
"The Garden" comes to mind. One of the churches opened a fun center type place. It was wonderful. The teens broke the front door. Didn't respect the rules about language and taking care of property. IMO the business was abused and taken out. As far as laundries go. Breaking into cars and stealing while your laundry is being done, washing oily rags that destroy the next persons clothes or tear up the machine, actually breaking into the machines and stealing coins, overlaoding washers,.on and on....I consider that demolishing a business. Sometimes people around here will demolish a business verbally. In my book that's just as bad.

Since: Oct 09

Hart County, KY.

#19 Aug 16, 2010
Ol Skool wrote:
<quoted text>
"The Garden" comes to mind. One of the churches opened a fun center type place. It was wonderful. The teens broke the front door. Didn't respect the rules about language and taking care of property. IMO the business was abused and taken out. As far as laundries go. Breaking into cars and stealing while your laundry is being done, washing oily rags that destroy the next persons clothes or tear up the machine, actually breaking into the machines and stealing coins, overlaoding washers,.on and on....I consider that demolishing a business. Sometimes people around here will demolish a business verbally. In my book that's just as bad.
Yeah, it sucks that even around here, people can be like that- but you pretty much have to expect that these days. Any place that would allow most of those things, is not being properly managed/supervised.(especially so with a business that caters to teenagers). Gone (unfortunately) are the days when you open the doors of a coin-op laundry and leave the place unattended all day.
Believe me, crime and vandalism were much worse back in the city- but the laundry where I used to go just had one little (but tough) old lady there full-time, and that made all the difference.(Hahahaha...I'll never forget the time she had to kick out this big fat woman, who was trying to wash about 2 months worth of clothes in one little machine!!!-and the stuff was so filthy!)

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