Repair or replace. That question often comes up here. I had two examples in
the past week.
I have a Rubbermaid mailbox and post that wad damaged in the snowstorms.
Replacement post, delivered $54
New mailbox and post $52
The light under the kitchen cabinet burned out. It is a fluorescent fixture
that takes an F15 bulb
Replacement bulb $6.88
New fixture including bulb $6.96
The fixture is "assembled in USA" too.
Makes one wonder how they do the pricing of this stuff.
On Sun, 27 Mar 2011 00:53:38 -0400, "Ed Pawlowski"
I've always had doubts about Rubbermain mailboxes.
For one thing, doesn't the mail get wet when you do the dishes?
In your case, if it's rubber, why didn't the post bend and bounce back
when the snow sat on it or the car hit it?
We don't do dishes until the mail comes first. Sometimes the mailman leaves
his coffee cup too.
I'm not sure how old it is, but over ten years. Until this year's heavy
snow, it has actually held up well against the plow debris. Maybe it just
got brittle over time, but it was cracked at the bottom and I had one hell
of a time breaking the rest of it off. The design is a steel rod pounded
into the dirt, no digging, no cement to mix.
The one feature of this mailbox we really like is the telltale flag. When
the MM opens the door, it pops up a yellow flag on the side and it is
visible from the house so you know if the mail came. We get mail late
(sometimes around 5 PM) so it has save many a false trip to retrieve it.
Not a big thing, but on a very cold or rainy day, we appreciate it. One of
those things, once you've had one you wonder why every mailbox does not have
one. Even all the Rubbermaid don't.
On Sun, 27 Mar 2011 08:27:21 -0400, "Ed Pawlowski"
Are you talkin' about me? Are YOU talkin' about me?
Absolutely. It was more than 100 feet from our door to the mailbox,
sometimes in the snow or rain or cold.
I don't know why these aren't more popular either. My mother bought
one, that screwed on to our metal mailbox, in 1958! You'd think
everyone would have one by now. But in 7 years in the suburbs then, I
only saw 4 or 5 others, and here it is 50 years later and still they
are so uncommon.
Hers had a weight on one end, with a thin metal piece that got clipped
between the mailbox door and the side, and a yellow metal flag on the
other end. I saw one or two with a parallelogram shaped set of metal
parts that caused the flag to go up.
But those are long gone afaict. They do, however, sell electronic
transmitters that are supposed to know when you get mail and beep in
your house. Far less reliable, needs batteries, what a project, when
the yellow flag is 100% reliable and should last for 50 years.
On Sun, 27 Mar 2011 08:27:21 -0400, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
The previous owners of our place mounted the box on a spring-loaded arm -
it's been clipped by passing plows a few times and so far hasn't broken.
I'm surprised there isn't a commercial kit to do that - seems to work
well, and I see many destroyed boxes up here in the winter.
That's a nice feature. Shame it can't tell between good mail and junk ;-)
[I caught the humor-- just had to say. . . .] Last summer I just
happened to look out as a truck hit my Rubbermaid mailbox and sent it
50 feet up the road. Mine is on a 4x4 post mounted on a round post
so it can swing when the plow hits it.
The post was fine. The little lever that tells me when the mailman
has opened the box was missing. But otherwise, the mailbox was fine.
It was just 'unsnapped' from the mount. Snapped it back in-- and saw
the little lever thing in the grass, which also snapped back into
By the time I got around to putting it back together, my wife was
already out buying a new box-- so now I've got a spare in the garage
for when a tank runs over the one that is out there now.
They are sturdy little buggers.
I bought four four foot fluorescent fixtures, and a dozen bulbs, and with
the power company rebate, the cost was zero. I'm like you, how do they
figure this stuff.
Heart surgery pending?
It's called the Gillette business model. Give away the device, and you
have them by the short and curlies forever on the consumables. Inkjet
printers are famous for that. In the case of the shop lights, the power
company rebate is because of reduced demand (in theory), but because
THEY get a tax credit for promoting 'efficient' lights.
Pricing- manufacturing and parts is a small fraction of the total
cost, so the difference between the bulb and the housing plus bulb is
They sell the whole unit cheaper than the (most expensive) part
because they move a lot of whole units. If they don't sell very many
replacement bulbs (and at this price they probably don't) then the
cost of inventory's much higher- they stock something that takes two
years to sell, that costs them something.
And if they didn't stock the replacement bulb people would complain-
What do you mean I can't buy a bulb, I have to buy a new one, throw
away the whole thing and reinstall it?
On 3/27/2011 6:08 PM, email@example.com wrote:
'Cuz that just ain't NATURAL. I'm sure people on this group have whole
piles off stuff out back that is just missing one part. Too expensive to
fix, but too good to throw out, etc. And every few years, you get to
look like a hero to family or friends, because you had that
now-hard-to-find spare whatever in stock.
Are there any tinkerers and DIY's that don't have a touch of OCD?
On Sun, 27 Mar 2011 15:44:31 -0600, Tony Hwang wrote:
I'm not sure that works so well these days - I see a lot of expensive
stuff on the market that still isn't built to last or be repairable when
it does break... for the higher-end items, companies are often relying on
the good reputation that they once had more than anything.
It can be amusing looking at big shiny stuff like TVs in the store, then
asking the salesfolk if you can take it apart to see if it's actually any
good or not. They're usually rather reluctant. ;-)
the one i love is the ink for my inkjet printer.
printer complete with 4 inks and 2 printheads on amazon.com $98
pkg of 4 inks alone (no print heads) $125.
Yes, twice i've bought new printers, pulled the ink out of the top of
the box and put the rest in the dumpster.
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