reply to post by Iwinder
I understand the problems, and yes, it can be infuriating.
Here's a little run down on the articles you mention with my opinions but I'll leave my overall opinion till last because it's something most
people don't consider......
Cookware... One good pan can last a lifetime.
Garbage Bags... There are different qualities available, if a cheap sack breaks then you have used 2 which makes them twice the price.
Tinfoil... I use baking paper wherever possible, it doesn't tear as easily. Foil is only used for protecting my roasts from burning.
Peppr Mills... Yeah, most are cr*p. There seems to be a trend to have push button ones with lights at the moment. I have one than is a simple spring
loaded thumb button on the top, stainless steel and glass. Works great and only need one hand.
Battery Charger... Not sure about the warning for lead on/in the wires, but surely any connecting wires would have coatings on them.
Lawn Sprinkler... "ptfe" plumbers tape would solve any leaks. I often improve brand new things I buy by doing what manufacturers skimp on.
Prevention is better than cure 'n all that.
Toilet Paper... Kitchen roll.
It's stronger, wider and often costs about the same.
Plastic Wrap... Tupperware boxes for storing and microwaving. Saves enough in the long run and useful for all sorts of other things.
Cookie Sheets... Silicon Rubber ones work OK
Snow Shovels.... One good one will outlast lots of cheap ones.
Thick plastic food wrapping.... One of the sacrafices we must make if we want a certain product. Wastefull if you ask me.
Cans with cr*p openers... Use a tin opener or take it back to the shop and make a fuss. You have a right to access...lol
Vinyl shower curtains... Get one with reinforced eyelets or invest in a shower screen.
Rubber hoses... I only use hoses that have a reinforcing "braid" along them after I made the mistake of connecting a toilet inlet with cheap hose. I
came downstairs one morning to see a sponge floating on my kitchen floor.
All the good stuff you mention that has given years of service is either from a different era in consumerism or was made by a manufacturer with a good
track record, the "2003 grand prix" sounds great, but formula one cars have always been special...lol.
Which brings me to my final opinion....
In this day and age, we are all the victims of the continued and almost unchecked advances of advertising and design. Regardless of a product's
quality it is usually advertised as wonderful and is the best of the best. Designs of packaging have advanced and never forget that money spent on
packaging, labels, consumer testing, research and all the bunk that goes with it is not money spent on the actual product.
Sometimes it is the more popular items that are the cheap quality. Take things like consumer electronics for example, they are not made for lengthy
use and are designed to be "updated" as technology continues to march on.
Couple all this with a sellers desire for the highest possible profits and you buy a nice looking box with a semi or sub quality product that has a
limited guarantee if you're lucky and in these times of corporations and large manufacturers the chance of most things coming from overseas has grown
considerably due to outsourcing and labour costs....eg, profit.
In my life, if I don't need it I don't buy it. If I want one I will try to make one. If I can't make one I'll try and get one second hand or from
a friend's donation. If all those fail then I wasn't meant to have it and will go without.