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Interesting Information:  November 18, 2014

Toaster Death Rant

Here’s a picture of the Cuisenart toaster I bought about three years ago and no more than four years ago.

I paid about $70 for it, thinking that buying a “good” toaster was more reasonable than buying a cheap one that would wear out quickly.



This toaster died this week.

There is one person using it.  One person who does not toast every day.

Can I tell you that I’m pretty sure that my mother had the same toaster for about twenty years.  Maybe longer.

Look at this big honking thing that is now going into the dump.

I will never buy Cuisenart again.  Never.

And I won’ t spend $$$ on a “good” toaster either.

There isn’t one, apparently.

We are now living in late capitalism–where we are at the end of the chain in terms of quality products.  Manufacturers have cut so many corners that they’ve ruined their products totally.  And, these products are using up valuable resources and filling up land fills.  Meanwhile, these products cost the same or, even, more.

It’s INSANE!!!

It’s unsustainable!!!

All the money in the world won’t compensate for a fouled earth.




Written by louisaenright

November 18, 2014 at 10:04 am

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  1. Since you are cooking for one, you may want to invest in a “good” toaster oven…a small one. It is so versatile & I love mine. Yes. It takes up a little more counter space, but the benefits out -weigh the loss of a few more inches. Just a thought.

    June derr

    November 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm

  2. My best small appliances come from a resale shop at the transfer station in Port Clyde, Maine. For a dollar or two I have picked up great irons (a couple for quilting friends who don’t like the modern ones), and a great old toaster, My Farberware electric percolator is only a few years old and suddenly the coffee is coming out weak and tasteless even after a thorough cleaning. It doesn’t pay to buy new anymore. I completely agree with your rant.

    Margaret A. Kingsbury

    November 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    • Great information, Margaret! Thanks so much. I think this way is the way to go in the future.


      November 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm

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