...and a blender, which they said was the greatest ice crusher of all
time. It wasn't even close. I've read enough issues to know they are
My all time fave was an annual car issue, back in the late 80s. They
rated a Toyota model as awesome, killer, can't go wrong. They then
rated a Chevy model as unreliable, mediocre, not a good purchase.
Both models were the exact same car off the exact same assy line at
the Fremont CA NUMMI plant. Only the name badges were different. Da'
Toyota was rated number one by the Taliban.
I've used both the Kirklands and the Duracells, extensively. They both
last about the same time. However, the kirklands have been likely to
leak over long periods of non-use in my experience. Replacement on a
schedule, rather than when they no longer work, has alleviated that issue,
and the kirklands still remain less expensive than the duracells.
I bought a pack of Kirkland Signature AA batteries a couple of years ago
and started installing them in the 10 or so wall clocks in our office
Now, when a clock stops and I go to replace the single AA battery in it
I find (every time) that the Kirkland AA has leaked chemicals out of one
or both ends, necessitating my having to clean off the contacts before I
put in a new (NOT Kirkland) battery.
I never ran into that kind of problem in recent decades with other
battery manufacturers' products. I suppose I could keep a schedule of
when I replaced a battery in a clock and put in a new one early enough
to prevent leaking, but I've got enough to deal with here already.
I wrote to Costco about this over a month ago and so far have received
nothing but an acknowledgement of receipt of that message.
Never again Kirkland batteries for me.
(You never get more than you pay for y'know.)
I've recently had the same problem with both Duracell and Energizer
AAs. The only reason to buy the brand names is the warranty. If
you're into sending stuff back, buy them. Otherwise, buy cheap and
Well, here it's only four days after my post and I just got a call from
a very pleasant lady in consumer relations at Procter and Gamble in
Cincinnati who told me they're the ones who make the Kirkland batteries.
I told her I'd sealed up two of those leaky AAs in a plastic bag just in
case someone cared to see them. She said that if I'd send them to her
she'd see that I received a check for twenty bucks to cover the postage
and time spent.
I'll take it....
Here in western NC the local Ingles grocery store frequently has
Ray-O-Vac Alkalines (4 AA or 4 AAA or 2 C) on sale, 10 packs for $10.
But, the good news here is, you only need buy one for the price. So,
that's .25 per battery (AA or AAA). And, even better, when Ray-O-Vac
runs their $1 off coupon for any of their packages, that comes to $0;
you pay the NC tax only ... of course, you only buy on at a time, with a
I must have a personal curse of leaky batteries.
I've had leakers of the three major brands. Last
year (2013, way back then) I had a bunch leak,
new in th box. Some Energizer D cells, and some
Rayovac D cells. E sent me coupons, and R sent
me replacement batteries. Both were very nice
My curse rubbed off, a friend had Duracell D
cells leak in his good mag light. He's got two
grand kids who leave things turned on.
Just got back from Walmart, got two 8-packs of AA batteries for $6.37 plus
7.25% tax = $6.83 each x 2 = $13.66. Add $0.46 for postage, have $14.1
2 total invested, less $10.00 from Walmart = $4.12 for 16 AA batteries
= $.26 per battery.
Had to search around Walmart to find the batteries with the blue sticker on
the front. Took a while to get the blue sticker off the front of the pack
age, it was held in place by a slightly larger sticky cellophane square. T
hen once the cellophane was off, I had to separate the blue folder from the
cellophance. Now it is on to the web site to type in the 11 character pas
scode which is different on each blue sticker, hidden inside so you must re
move the cellophane to get the code.
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