am I the only person in the world who likes to buy a consumer good ONCE
and expect it to last until I am sick of it? Today I'm specifically
referring to bathroom fixtures. SWMBO thinks I'm a little anal
retentive but I don't know that I really am. There are a few finishes
that are acceptable for metal finishes in bathrooms:
1) stainless steel
2) chrome plated brass
3) heavy enamel/porcelain over steel.
Please note that in the above list I did NOT include flash-chromed mild
steel or pot metal. That might be marginally acceptable for the valve
covers on a never-driven-in-bad-weather trailer queen car, but it
doesn't belong in a bathroom, where it's often hot, humid, steamy, and
depending on application may be subject to flying piss droplets.
So why, then, are so many bathroom fixtures made from mild steel with
cheap chrome plating (obviously not "show chrome" with heavy copper as a
base, then a good layer of nickel under the shiny stuff.) This is
starting to become a real peeve of mine as SWMBO always picks out stuff
that she thinks is attractive and asks me what I think, and I'll say "it
looks nice, but it won't last a year." Then I have to go home and get
online and find the equivalent "real" product that the stuff in the
stores is trying to imitate, and spend twice as much to have it
delivered. Don't you think that if the stores sold the "good stuff" we
might actually consider spending the extra money to not have to go
through the hassle of constant web searches and then ordering online?
...or are people really this cheap?
yes, I was cleaning the bathroom yesterday and noticed that the not yet
a year old shower caddy thing is already rusted and nasty. SWMBO took
it on herself to buy it while shopping by herself and I did have to
admit that it looked nice when new... but it ain't stainless.
The stainless shower curtain rod that she bought when we first moved in
still looks great. Once a year or so I go over it with some wadding
polish and it shines up like new. I was a little concerned about the
wall fittings as they are chromed, but they must either be chromed brass
or if pot metal, they did a good job in the chrome tank because they
haven't started to peel yet. If only everything else were made like that...
I don't remember my grandparents having this problem. Why is everything
so much more shoddily made, in general, than it used to be? Do I just
need to find the secret rich people store where all the people that buy
top quality stuff shop?
(off to amazon.com and froo froo home decor web sites...)
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