Just got a call from the washer repair guy. After a service call to check on why my Generous Eclectic basic clothes washer won't spin, it turns out to be the clutch assembly. Now, this wasn't a top of the line unit, but it has done the job fairly faithfully for about 5 years or so now, so we were looking to get it repaired. WRONG
GE has evidently decreed that they want to sell more washers, so the parts for their units are ridiculously high priced. I'm debating whether or not to buy the part and attempt to make the repair myself, saving the labor, or just to say to heck with it and buy a new washer.