Monday, August 24, 2009

Because the Cash for Clunkers program worked out so great...

The latest in the "Stimulus Plan" is Cash for Refrigerator's!
Beginning late this fall, the program authorizes rebates of $50 to $200 for purchases of high-efficiency household appliances. The money is part of the broader economic stimulus bill passed earlier this year. Program details will vary by state, and the Energy Dept. has set a deadline of Oct. 15 for states to file formal applications. The Energy Dept. expects the bulk of the $300 million to be awarded by the end of November.

The money can't come soon enough for the home appliance industry, which is mired in an unprecedented sales slump that began when the housing market cooled in 2006. Since then that slump has worsened considerably. Shipments of washers, dryers, refrigerators, and ovens dropped 10% in 2008 and are down 15% through July, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. "It's brutal," says Raymond James (NYSE:RJF - News) analyst Sam Darkatsh.

What's next? Cash for Vacation - take a trip to a "green locale"? Cash for Sneakers - buy only reusable rubber shoes? Cash for Lipstick - buy only lipstick made with biofuels?

This is getting ridiculous.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin wants cash for Wii games.

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