Yup, irons last on average 6 months. Sometimes it's just a matter of sorting out the electrical lead and / or plug. Usually the thing is just completely fucked. So the Princess has now resorted to buying them at the local Pick and Pay, where they are relatively cheap, and last as long as the more expensive one's do.
Ironing boards, maybe a year. How they manage to break them to the extent that they do is beyond me. Completely and utterly stuffed. The last one you could not even recognise for what it was! What the hell do they do with this stuff?
Then there's the more expensive stuff, like vacuum cleaners. The last one was incredible. We had inherited it
from a friend who passed in 2000. Not too sure how long he had it, but it was a while. We used it for 4 yrs in out previous home, and then this maid used it in our current home for the past 6 yrs. Oh, but that's a long time overall I hear you say. Maybe so, but the one in my garage, which is used for industrial purposes still works, and its more than 15 years old!
Given, it does not get used twice a week, but it does suck up wood chips, nails, dust, spider webs, pop rivets, etc. The one upstairs didn't have any wheels anymore? What the F? Where are they? How the hell did they come off? Do you drag it up the stairway? The cord retraction system didn't work anymore. The piping was fucked, more duct tape keeping it together than original piping material. And then it just gave up.
When I took it downstairs to see if I could resuscitate it, I realized that it had reached the end of it's useful life. There were parts of the motor falling around in the housing. There were bolts and nuts in there that didn't even belong to the unit! That's leads me to think that maybe a certain level of sabotage was involved here!!!! My garage unit still has all it's parts, no duct tape holding the piping together, all it's wheels...... eish!
Anyway, so on Saturday me and the Princess pop down to Clearwater Mall (LIU) to do a spot of shopping. Finished there, I said lets pop into Makro and see what they have in vacuum cleaners. We looked, but decided to shop cheap, as it's going to get broken quickly anyway. The one we found looked fine, and robust, and of course, they had no stock.
Now the Game group is linked to the Makro group. They carry similar stock, but not similar pricing. But they do advocate to meet or better any price for same goods! So, Sunday morning, after having done my newspaper and bread rolls purchase, I drove down to our local Game store.
Looked around, and I found the identical vacuum cleaner. Only problem was it was ZAR200 more!!
|This is the Makro Price - ZAR 499.00|
|And this is the price at Game - ZAR699.99|
|The new vacuum cleaner - smaller, lighter, more robust, and cheaper....|
Needless to say, she wasn't in the mood to argue, and I got the vacuum cleaner at the Makro price. Nice. So, the Princess has a new vacuum cleaner, I'm ZAR499 out of pocket, and the bets are on for how long this thing gonna take to break!