I would like to forward a theory based upon my personal experience. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING in our world is now manufactured to FAIL. These “failures” are usually not catastrophic, they are more often than not, collateral to the overall performance of the item but its failure often causes the entire item to become ineffective and a nuisance to operate..
Here is yesterday’s example. A ceiling fan. Upon reaching for the chain which operates the lights of one of our fans, the chain came off in my hands.. As I removed the outer housing of the fan, I saw that the chain was attached at the base of the fan by a very thin strip of plastic.. After it had broken, all that was left was a microscopic piece of this plastic that CANNOT be repaired or retrieved.. (Last week, another chain broke on another ceiling fan causing the fan speed to remain at a near F4 tornado level..) (By the way, yesterday, the “lifetime guarantee” relative to the upstairs bathroom sink’s faucet was suddenly NOT a “lifetime guarantee” causing a hundred dollar an hour plumber to also reap a tidy sum from me..)
This breakage is not catastrophic, the fan is still “useable” but it is inconvenient and moderately annoying. I would like the fan to operate but not necessarily with the lights burning every time. Use of something, say METAL in place of a cheap almost microscopic piece of plastic might alleviate this “replace everything” situation from recurring at such an annoying rate. The intentional use of wispy pieces of plastic denotes the fact that they KNOW that it will fail causing the inconvenience which inevitably leads to its replacement within the near future..
This particular “failure” isn’t something that you can prevent while purchasing ceiling fans as the area in question where the intentionally defective piece of see-through Swiss cheese plastic is located deep within the external housing of the fan itself, making it far from view and even farther from easy accessibility..
It seems as though every day, SOMETHING within the home “fails” and needs to be replaced. From the minutia to the overwhelming, something fails and needs to be replaced. From light bulbs (which seem to last as long as the liberal Scare America radio station..) to lawn mowers to anything and everything in-between, we are constantly spending money because everything it seems is manufactured to fail.
Please note that almost EVERYTHING is manufactured in China.. Their economy is booming because we have to replace everything due to breakage every five minutes or so and all of that cash is flowing right back to those who manufacture intentionally inferior products.. It’s impossible to actually “save” any money, say for something as silly as a “nest egg” or something, as we constantly have to replace something manufactured in China every single hour of every single day..
Those who use Chinese manufacturing also get a “cut” whenever another of whatever it is that they “produce” gets sold, regardless of the fact that another one was bought because the last one “failed” a year or so ago.. Those who sell these items are in on the deal as well.. There is NO incentive to actually make this process either less costly or less repetitive to the consumer because I am assuming that the consumer isn’t demanding that things change appreciably..
Not only are things manufactured cheaply, they are DESIGNED cheaply. We cannot blame the design upon the Chinese, the designers all HAVE to know that if they manufactured something that actually LASTS, their overall sales might not remain at such a ridiculous level.. My in-laws have both a toaster and a waffle iron that have actually been handed down for generations.. I have gone through five toasters in less than ten years and noting that impressive rate of success, I won’t even try to get a waffle iron..
Forget about the idea of “repairing” most of these items, either yourself or having it done by a trained professional.. Let’s take televisions for example..
If your television goes on the blink, you used to call the television repairman. They used to even come to your home with a bag full of oddly shaped tubes and bulbs and the repair was done on the spot..
Then the concept of “home repair” service disappeared and the repairman was housed within a shop. Now if you take your television to a repair facility (good luck even finding one anymore and good luck hauling some of these ridiculous Behemoth televisions around without a semi truck and about ten friends..) they will tell you (if they are honest..) that the cost to REPLACE your television is LESS than the cost to REPAIR it.. Another step towards the “disposable society”, another series of workers “displaced” and China gets the cash from the purchase of another inferior television..
The “good” news is that a large percentage of these televisions “fail” within the warranty period so all that you have to do is lug it back to where you purchased it from and they will send it back to China for you.. Never mind that you have to go through the hassle of getting it to the store where you purchased it from and never mind that you have to do this with all too great a frequency..
“Fairness” denotes that everyone should have access to everything. When “quality” mattered, only certain people could afford certain things because “quality” cost money and that made things “hateful” and “exclusionary” to the whiney belly crawlers of the left.. Take the “quality” out of the equasion, the price is lowered and suddenly EVERYONE can have one and the liberal “fairness” mentality is slaked..
When VCR’s first became “available” to the world, they sold in excess of a thousand dollars, therefore limiting the people with the disposable income for such a thing. The only folks with VCR’s were television stations and very “rich” people.. This was so “exclusionary” so “hateful” to the masses that only the “rich” could afford them.. It was only a matter of time before they became “mass produced” and they seemed to EAT more tapes than they ever played..
Even more frustrating is the concept of the “evolving technology” that makes what you have obsolete. Now China manufactures DVD players, which are an obvious step up from the lowly VCR, and they are available to anyone for less than one hundred dollars.. Be aware, you DVD owners will need to get your “Blue Ray”, which is the next step up from the lowly DVD.. In about another few months, your Blue Rays will give way to the next phenomenon and you will be replacing your collection AGAIN..
Next week when whatever it is it breaks, replace it with another one.. Never fear, for it too will be made in China..