Monday, October 10, 2011

But (sob) I Paid Good Money for That!

By Kate Collins

I read an interesting article in Yahoo News the other day about things people buy and never use. They are:
1        .      Exercise equipment.
2        .      Swimming pools
3        .      Wine cellars
4        .      Outdoor kitchens
5        .      Espresso makers

I was a little disappointed in the list because it didn’t mention my big flops, namely:
Carpet/floor washing/polishing system. Yes, we invested in one of these big ol’ duds, a Dyson, no less. It’s supposed to clean carpets using a dry powder, which sounded good to me. In actuality, however, it didn’t clean sh*t, and I don’t mean that literally. I wrote to Dyson about it and heard nothing back. My husband ended up using it to wash the garage floor. Now it’s gathering dust in a corner. I’m sure a cheaper, lighter brand is out there that works better.
Steam cleaning system. Not for steaming clothing, but for power-washing grout, bathroom showers, tubs, or anything washable, according to the box. I had a really hard time using it. The steam was powerful, but I ended up having to scrub the grout with a toothbrush and cleanser first, then rinsing with steam. I tried the machine a few times, then retired it and went back to using the shower attachment for rinsing. The machine now sits in the corner with the Dyson above.
Wet bar. Great idea! I love having a sink on a counter under a wine cabinet in the family room. Have I ever used the sink? No. It’s not deep enough to wash much. I’d rather use my dishwasher anyway.  But don’t it look purty? (See my photo)
Food processor. Wonderful invention – if you cook for a family. When cutting veggies or salad for one or two, a sharp knife works just as well and gives me a feeling of accomplishment. Plus, it’s way easier to clean. Nothing to take apart!

Phone Apps that don’t do as promised. It’s really easy to be lured into an App store, isn’t it? I got a free app the other day that is supposed to turn the screen of the iPhone into a mirror. Ha! As if it worked. All it did was turn on the camera function. I got a really good look at my feet, however. I thought maybe the $.99 version would work, so I bought it. Guess what? Uh-uh. Don’t waste your money. It shows the cover for maybe 5 seconds then disappears. Don’t fall for it!

Extended warranties.  Proven to be a waste of money. My husband used to ask the salesperson offering the warranty, “Are you saying your company doesn’t make a good product?” After the clerk would blushingly reply, “Well, no, I’m not saying that. It’s very well made,” my hubby would conclude with, “Then why would I need insurance for it?” Worked every time.
What have you spent money on but never used?  Don’t make feel like the Lone Ranger here.
Have a happy week.