Snow Shovels: I have a cheap, metal-bladed snow shovel that's lasted almost 10 winters. The edge of the blade is a little chipped, but it still works fine. My parents have snow shovels that must be 20 or 30 years old. Can you tell me that any plastic-bladed snow shovel is going to be as cost-effective?
Home Mailboxes: My townhouse complex replaced its mailboxes not too long ago -- since my metal mailbox had just been recently replaced (bad hinge), mine was spared. But everybody else got plastic mailboxes. Guess whose mailboxes have doors that don't stay closed?
Now, I realize that, strictly speaking, snow shovels and mailboxes are not durable goods. But I fear for our disposable culture, where lower life-cycle costs are sacrificed at the altar of lower up-front costs.
Feel free to add your own examples. And you kids, stay off of my lawn.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Things That Should Not Be Made Out of Plastic
Labels: complaints, dumb things
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Ummm, I have a plastic show shovel that I bought the winter of 1996 (remember that blizzard we had that year). Still in perfect shape. In all fairness though, it does have a one inch metal scraper part at the end of it. I like it because it is lighter than a metal shovel (and so far, just as durable).
Yeah, but can you take out someone by hitting him over the head with it?
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