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Post# 957844   9/17/2017 at 08:18 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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I came across this 'rumour' yesterday.

The odd thing is, there may be a ring of truth to it. Some of the major retailers no longer stock Panasonic washing machines (John Lewis, Currys, Co-op electrical, AO.com).

The link is to a very brief summary of the IFA Show.


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Post# 957845 , Reply# 1   9/17/2017 at 08:29 by henene4 (Germany)        

Panasonic isn't building machines for around here anyways anymore. They are Gorenjes with a lot of Panaonic gene to them.

Post# 957846 , Reply# 2   9/17/2017 at 08:36 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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I know that Gorenje built them for Panasonic. What I'm saying is, virtually nobody seems to sell Panasonic machines now - not even Euronics independents.

The exception was Tesco.com (2 Panasonics) - but I think Tesco works in partnership with local independent shops.


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Post# 957848 , Reply# 3   9/17/2017 at 08:46 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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Maybe they've decided it's too much hassle competing with all the other manufacturers?

Post# 957882 , Reply# 4   9/17/2017 at 14:54 by iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
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Has already pulled out of the vacuum business in the north american market. I am wondering if these paring back measures are in anyway connected to their heavy involvement in the mega battery plant with Telsa automobiles.

Post# 957889 , Reply# 5   9/17/2017 at 16:12 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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German retailers such as Saturn.de still seem to have them, so maybe it's just a UK phenomenon?

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Post# 957961 , Reply# 6   9/18/2017 at 03:19 by iej (Ireland)        

I would doubt it has anything to do with the Tesla plant. It could simply be that there isnít enough of a profit margin in those type of household goods.

The washing machines section is blank on PanasonicStore here

www.panasonicstore.ie/pro...

They were very nice machines and particularly at the price points.

Panasonic owns 10.74% of Gorenje. They were rumored to be buying the while company last year but nothing came if it.

Gorenje make very nice machines, itís a shame their brand recognition is low. I wonder if itís down to it being almost unpronounceable or at least doesnít roll off the tongue in English and several other languages. Eg French and Spanish.


Post# 957969 , Reply# 7   9/18/2017 at 07:44 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
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Interestingly, the UK online store, purports to sell washing machines, as per the link below...

But when you do click on 'Products' - 'Home Appliances', you're only given 'Microwaves', 'Small Appliances' and 'Breadmakers'.

Very odd.


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Post# 957974 , Reply# 8   9/18/2017 at 07:59 by MrAlex (London, UK)        

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Rolls_rapide - One thing for sure.. They make great bread makers, Ours is probably reaching its 10 year birthday and it makes great breads and has good recipes in the manual

Post# 957979 , Reply# 9   9/18/2017 at 08:25 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
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I agree. My mum has one, and the bread was delicious - but it's not been used for a good few years though.

Post# 957994 , Reply# 10   9/18/2017 at 10:21 by iej (Ireland)        

They make very good combination ovens too!

Post# 958010 , Reply# 11   9/18/2017 at 13:31 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
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They do indeed. I've got one and I'm very impressed by the versatility of it.




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