It is going to cost the average Indeshit owner (one who doesn't DIY) over £100 for the call out fee, well over half the cost of a whole new machine, so they may well have scraped it anyway. Wouldn't be quite so bad if the bearings were designed to last a few years longer. My zanussi must be well over 8 years old and still on its original bearings, mind it did cost about £350. I like to see a requirement for issues like sealed drum to be added to the energy labels and the machines expected design life. That might at least encourage the use of more durible bearings.
You should be celebrating it actually lasted 4 years, most of these 'disposable' machines usually last for just over 12 Months with regular family washes before they get scrapped and recycled back into baked bean tins.
This problem is not unique to Indesit, I agree it's wasteful but for the price of a Miele you would get 4 or 5 of these. I had an AEG heat pump dryer which would have cost £139 for a DIY replacement of the blower motor with sealed bearings aol.co.uk/2015/06/19/the-washing-machines-that-are-cheaper-to-replace-than-fix/?guccounter=1
Rubbish, sealed for life bearings in drum, they always fail and cannot be replaced so you have to throw the whole thing away, very unenvironmental friendly, INDESIT should be ashamed changing this design so you cant swap out the £10 bearing set. Just thrown mine away which was 4 years old, looks like new and its gone down the dump because you cant take the bearings out unlike on the earlier ones which you could and keep the machine running for decades
It won't come at the right time when it goes wrong ;(