What is an In-Line Compressor?

I've seen this advertiesed on new refrigerators lately. I know conventional older style compressors used to last for many years, then my mom bought a Kenmore with some new compressor that didn't last five years. Sears buit them that way on purpose to sell more appliances with only a 5-year life expectancy.... show more I've seen this advertiesed on new refrigerators lately. I know conventional older style compressors used to last for many years, then my mom bought a Kenmore with some new compressor that didn't last five years. Sears buit them that way on purpose to sell more appliances with only a 5-year life expectancy. Is this the same thing? Or some new scam?
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