For those of you who have been with us for a while, you may remember my coffee post awhile back. I have never been a big coffee drinker even though my family (mom, dad, aunts, uncles and grandma) live on the stuff! They always said I wasn’t a true Scandinavian because I didn’t drink coffee. Thanks family, I love you too!
Well, this past winter I started drinking coffee. Not a lot and not often, but I started none the less. I think I’ve only purchased 2 cans of coffee since I wrote the previous post. We got a coffee maker when we got married 8 years ago and the thing has only recently seen the light of day on a daily basis. I now proudly display my ever so clean and bright white coffee maker on the counter so I can enjoy my 1 cup of 1/2 calf coffee in the morning.
Two weeks ago while I was on call, my husband cleaned up the kitchen and did the dishes. As he put the coffee pot into the dishwasher, the spout cracked and a piece fell off. I bet you’re thinking no big deal, just get a new one. I thought that for a half second because even though our coffee maker is over 8 years old, it’s brand new because we NEVER used it before now! I don’t want to get a new one. I like this one. It’s simple and easy to use, easy to clean and works just fine. So, I think to myself that I will go online and see if I can get a replacement coffee pot. I’m so smart, right?!
WRONG! Ok, not totally wrong, but more wrong than right. I typed in “replacement coffee pot” and google did the rest. Well lo & behold I get back “did you mean coffee carafe?”. WTH? Really? A coffee pot has to have a fancy name like carafe?! I click on the link and then it brings up all the websites with my particular brand of coffee maker. As I look through them I notice that each of them has a part’s number so I look at my box (which I still have!) to see what I need. Apparently, back in the days of my coffee maker the manufacturer’s didn’t believe in putting the parts numbers ANYWHERE on the box! So, there I sit for the next 30 min trying to tell which one looks like the carafe I need.
To my surprise I find it on Amazon for $4.35. YIPPY! I STRUCK GOLD I think to myself! How lucky to find it so cheap 🙂 I get it in my shopping basket and head for the checkout. Now, I know that there’s shipping and I’ve ordered enough stuff online to know that sometimes it’s not cheap, but that’s usually for heavier/bulky items. Can you see where I’m going with this?? Yeah, $4.35 for the carafe and $13.02 to ship it!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!!!! I don’t think so. I can buy a brand new coffee maker for that total price! But that’s not what I wanted!
It makes me kind of mad really. Why make replacement parts if you’re going to charge an arm and a leg for them? Why are we such a throw away society? I didn’t want to get a new one, I wanted one piece! I didn’t get it for obvious reasons. I ended up getting a new coffee maker that actually costed less than the replacement carafe because it was on sale! Gotta love a good deal! I hope I like this coffee maker as much as my old one and it better last just as long too!