Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Getting with the Times

I've had toasters break down within a short period of years of buying a new one so decided that with the last toaster I'd buy an expensive Kitchen Aid toaster.  Cost $80 plus tax.  Which I did in 2005.  And which in 2014 broke down in the midst of toasting bread for seven B&B guests on Sunday morning.  Getting the toast out crispy and hot is a challenge when feeding guests.  Toast it beforehand and keep it warm in the oven, it looses its crispiness.  So, it's a last minute rush that has to run smoothly as I get the breakfast out warm on the table.  However, I've made a decision to get with the times.  I'm going to buy cheap toasters and throw them out when they break and go and get another cheap toaster and when that breaks, out it goes.  I'm sorry about the landfill problem that I will only add my sorry lot of machinery to but it can't be helped.  Companies seem to make machinery these days that doesn't last.  Now you might say that 9 years is a long time to have a functioning toaster and maybe it is...but in the old days, I can't remember my parent's toasters breaking down so, this time round, I bought a 4 slice Black & Decker white toaster at Wal Mart on sale for $19.95 and bought a 1 year warranty for three dollars in case it breaks down in the first year of use.  The challenge will be in remembering where my bill is put in one years time.  It will go into my household appliances file today.
RoseyP in Canada


At May 13, 2014 at 10:00 PM , Blogger Laura in IA said...

I hear you Rosy. In 1968 when I graduated from college my brother gave me a toaster for which he probably paid no more than $5.00. It lasted us, a family of 5, for 40 years! The one I replaced it with was most likely no more expensive and a gift for opening a savings account at the bank - remember those days. I don't remember how long it sat unused so I do not know it's vintage. It has been in use since 2008. I am currently using "the cheap" philosophy with irons for quilting too.

At May 15, 2014 at 2:28 PM , Blogger Bee said...

I had the same experience with both toasters and irons and now buy both cheap and throw later. I was told that electrical goods are made to last the warrenty and then fall apart just after ask me how I know,my very expensive oven did just that and as I was very very cross I was given that explanation.

At May 15, 2014 at 7:43 PM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Isn't this a shame that manufacturers make things to break. I guess it keeps their economy and businesses going and the anthropologists digging up our remains a thousand years from now will be able to identify us by our broken down toasters and irons. I've had the same experience with irons, too, Bee.

Looking at a lovely chestnut coloured deer have a bedtime snack just outside my studio window. The grass is growing quickly, the trees are frosting out in apple greens and the world is a lovely colour of green. It is so beautiful it almost takes my breath away, this world of green.


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