Surely I’m not the only one this happens to. One little piece of something breaks. I go online and search for that part, only to find that that one part will actually end up costing me more than it does to buy the whole appliance all over again.
Pardon me, but does this make sense?
What in the world has gone wrong here? Now if it were a motor or something really complicated, I could possibly understand, but we’re talking a little piece of plastic! What was even more outrageous this time was that all the other little pieces of plastic and silicone are available for $20 or less, but this particular piece of plastic (no larger or more complex) costs over $60. Say what???? WHY???
I have a theory. Maybe I should call it Homefire’s Law. I believe that the more likely a piece is to break, the more it costs to replace it. This piece had the hook that fastened onto another piece–a high-risk area if I ever saw one–but nope, buying that part costs more than the whole apparatus altogether.
My iced tea maker is another example. The heater and pump work great. The pitcher is cheap, brittle plastic. Mine is badly cracked and patched together with Shoe Goo (which, amazingly enough, has held for quite a few months, now.) Of course, this kind of pitcher is not readily available in stores, so in order to replace it you must order online and pay shipping, which totals as much as a new machine. BAH!
The really irritating part of this is that we are hearing cautions about how the landfills are filling up. Well, DUH!!! If you have to throw away perfectly good things because you can’t afford to buy parts, then helloooo–landfills get the business!! What else can they expect?
And why have we come to this? Perhaps it’s because we have an inflated idea of what our time is worth. Whenever our salaries are high enough that it’s not worth our time to take down the artificial Christmas tree and pack away the ornaments (so we just throw it all away) is it possible that we have overestimated ourselves? (Did you know that many businesses do just that?) Is this why America has become a disposable society? Is this good stewardship, to pitch it rather than store it or fix it? After all, my time is worth $30/hour–why should I waste an hour fixing a $24.95 item?
I think this is a good indicator of how far out of balance our culture is. We now value our time far more than we value money. It’s bizarre, but I don’t see any way to reverse it. Anyone else have ideas on this? I’m thinking there’s a lot more to this issue than I first realized.