What Happened to Quality and Durability?

The solar-powered garden lantern I bought recently has tarnished metal after experiencing ONE day of rain.  The microwave we purchased a few months ago has bubbling plastic over the control buttons.  What do these two objects have in common?  They were both Made in China.  How long are we going to put up with shoddy production and low standards?  Are we just supposed to accept that things will last 5 minutes when they should really last 5 years or more?  Do you know how hard it is to find ANY kitchen appliance made in Canada, the U.S., or the U.K.?  It’s almost impossible.  This is what North America has done to itself by moving manufacturing to other countries (basically by being cheap, greedy, union-busting, shortsighted, and stupid).  

I’m going to return these items without their boxes and without receipts as a matter of principle and because I’m irritated.  And maybe I really don’t need solar lanterns and microwaves anyway.  I’ll light the yard with candles and adopt a raw food diet.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sherylmcdougald
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 19:54:56

    The Sleeping Giant laughs at us, I doubt if they use any of the things, but as long as we turn our eye from their poor working conditions and exploitation of resources, and if we don’t curb our addiction to “stuff”, we will always see a flood of cheap. So, light up those candles, or even a small hibachi… we can heat up our dinner over that! And hey, beer is local and fantastic quality!! Order up a Growler on your way home from complainin’! 🙂

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    • Sandra Seekins
      Jun 17, 2014 @ 20:21:56

      Hahaha! I know you think this is a first world problem, and you are correct! I will immediately drown my pathetic sorrows in beer and maybe I’ll draw a picture while I’m at it!

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      • sherylmcdougald
        Jun 17, 2014 @ 20:25:58

        Hahaha and I knew beer would cheer you up – nothing like Theraputic Hops to sooth an irritated spirit! Now, I’ve got to go to Canadian Tire for a Quality Camp Chair. 🙂 🙂 With a beer holder!

  2. Heather
    Jun 19, 2014 @ 15:24:10

    How do you really feel Sandra? hahahahahaa I agree, bring on the beer made in BC! Microwaves are not good for you anyway and when shopping for candles make sure they’re not made in, you know where….. Good luck!!

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