Saturday, January 07, 2012

Would you tolerate this?

I actually have a point to this post so bear with me.  I know, it's a complete shock to think I have a point at all...
See if this scenario would be acceptable to you....
 


[mechanic] "Yep, looks like your engine is completely seized up.  You're gonna have to replace it for a new one."

[poor consumer sap] "But I just got it last year!"

[mechanic]  "Yeah, that's pretty common.  Oh, and it looks like half your breaks don't work either."

Sound acceptable?  Ok, let's try this scenario...



[Furnace Repairman]  "Ok, half your ventilation ducts aren't venting; they'll need to be replaced."

[poor homeowner sap] "But I haven't used the furnace all year and the house is only two years old."

[Furnace Repairman] "Oh, get used to it.  I'm sure you'll have to replace as much next year too."

Sound acceptable?

I thought not...

So why is it that we tolerate 50% of our fucking outdoor Christmas lights to suddenly not work every single year?  Are we just idiots or frazzled out holiday consumers trying to eke through the holiday rush as efficiently as possible and don't really care at that point?

I'll say it now so that next year when you're standing in line buying more light replacements and strands you'll remember my words, "Good luck with that car and furnace too!"

14 comments:

Anthony said...

I think a commodity's cost is a key factor which helps determine what we will/won't accept in terms of product lifespan. We are much more conducive to replacing a $50.00-$100.00 light set ever two years than we are a $5,000 furnace or a $30,000 car. In other words, we have come to associate quality (and lifespan) with price.

ReformingGeek said...

We don't have much of a choice with the furnace and car but the lights? Forget it.

Baino said...

After 12 months? What, no warranty? Ah well if bad news comes in threes, you've had your just desserts. What's a furnace? (kidding)

sybil law said...

I'd be pretty pissed about the lights, too! As far as the car and furnace - 2nd opinion, all the way.

Mrsupole said...

I stopped worrying about replacing the lights once the kids took them for their houses and we stopped putting any up. No tree, no lights, never realized how much money we were saving. Kids now have to do the replacing and it sucks to be them.

Now as to the car and the furnace, well we all know that as soon as the warranty is up then they just keep breaking and breaking until you get sick of them and get a new one. Sucks to be us. Monday through Friday companies.

God bless.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

I'm going to go with that "frazzled" option ...

lime said...

we could just go old school and use candles and burn down the house.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

WHOA! NOT GOOD! NOT GOOD! There has got to be a loop hole in there somewhere!? Trying to be optimistic for ya...

tut-tut said...

exactly one half of a string of lights quit; bought last month, as a matter of fact. Hot water heater quit on July 4 ("they're made to obsolesce" said the plumber)

Janna said...

Since I happily embraced my inner Grinch, I don't put up any Christmas lights at all.

In fact, I've gone 42 years without ever putting up any Christmas lights at all.

It's very liberating.

Serena said...

It sucks, but I think there must be some law of nature about those Christmas lights.:)

Alan Burnett said...

It is tradition, my friend. Christmas lights that worked the following year just would not be right, they would shake the very foundations of modern society.

gab said...

In my house Mr Gab checks all lights replace ones not working.....where does he get extra bulbs? from a string that doesnt have a plug on both ends!!! I mean really why would they not put two plugs on so you can add more strings together? Only reason you find me in line is because they have come up with something new and I just gotta have it lol happy new year

VE said...

anthony - It's sad isn't it. That logic dictates that I'd be ok to find rat turds in my Raisinette candy box because it only costs a couple of bucks...

reforminggeek - I took all of mine back when none of them lit up after a day of use

baino - Don't worry...the car and furnace were just hypothetical scenarios. Everyone knows I live under a bridge and have no house or furnace...

sybil - I asked...he said I was stupid too. Never ask for a second opion...

mrsupole - Ha...Monday through Friday craftsmanship indeed!

dennis - Good answer...

lime - It worked for our ancestors. Added benefit is you don't have to paint the house next year too!

jill - The only loop hole these days turns out to be a hangman's knot!

tut-tut - Welcome to the club; here's your membership sucker...

janna - See, living under a rock does have a lot of advantages!

serena - Filed under Murphy. Hey, what ever happened to all the Murphy's Law stuff...did he retire?

alan - Yeah, that would be like healthy, non-fattening milkshakes or something...

gab - I've done the reuse light strand technique...it's a classic...