For nearly half a century, inventive Cubans have managed to keep the old machines working.
But over the past two to three years, they have been progressively replaced by new, Chinese-made refrigerators that are supposed to be just as good but much more energy efficient.
Well, energy efficient they may be but it seems the old American warhorses were a lot more reliable, according to the Cubans interviewed for the article.
The article points out that Cubans do not have to switch to Chinese refrigerators, but there are “strong incentives to comply”.
For instance, Cubans are told that the new refrigerators were Fidel Castro’s idea and therefore, refusing to exchange old for new would be deemed to be “unpatriotic” - and we all know what that means.
As for the cost of the new refrigerators, Cubans have to fork out the equivalent of USD200.00 for the privilege, paid in monthly instalments.
In case you are wondering, the average monthly wage for ordinary Cubans is about USD15.00.
H/T: Penultimos Dias