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Life is expensive for the poor

In Uncategorized on 12/08/2019 at 4:43 am

I was surprised to read in ST that a lady living in a two-room HDB flat said that an air con cost $1000 which she couldn’t afford.

Then I realised that she could only use the kind of air cons that don’t require a hole to be knocked in a wall, and that even if HDB allowed her to knock a hole in the wall, getting a contractor adds to the costs. So $1,000 is about right especially as it’s likely she’ll be buying on the never-never: hire purchase.

Sad.

Fyi, two years ago when my existing box air con failed, I got a second hand replacement (Remember this brand: National?) for $250. Bet you, they’d replace the motor of my old one and sell it as second hand, even though they told me they couldn’t repair it: more like “wouldn’t”. But at $250 (including installation), I’m not complaining.

I remembered asking, “What else I got to pay?”

Air con is still working.

  1. HDB flats no longer have “square holes” for box air-cons since around 2010. (Just like new 4-rm & 5-rm BTOs today no longer have covered kitchens — you need to pay extra for full kitchen walls LOL!)

    But she can get a brand new portable 9000 BTU air-con for around $250 (look for National Day discounts on Qoo10, Lazada, Shopee etc).

    Or a 2nd-hand branded casement air-con for about the same cost.

    No hacking needed.

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