Nonni’s Rules for Consumers

The other day I was talking to a friend who said her treadmill is falling apart.  Her husband says it sounds like a hamster in the house when she runs on it.  She protested that she bought it new and it is only two years old, and can’t be so bad already.  Upon questioning further, I learned she had bought it at an 80% discount because it was a floor sample.  Now, she has no idea how long it was on the sales floor and how many miles were on it.  Therefore, it wasn’t really new, but used.  Which brings me to rule one of my rules for consumers, which is never buy the floor model of something that has moving parts.  However, I make an exception for bicycles.  Years ago I stayed up all night with my son on Christmas eve trying to put together a bicycle for the grandson.  Back then the directions were written by someone whose first language was Japanese.  Today I expect the writers first language would be Chinese.  Never mind.  The point is that vital assembly information is always lost in translation.  Besides, around Christmas time assembled bicycles don’t stay on the sales floor long enough to become used bicycles.  Especially if most of the shoppers in the store have ever tried to assemble a bicycle themselves or watched someone else try.

My second rule for consumers is never buy a used car from anyone, not even a very reputable new car dealer, without keeping it closed up all night first.  New car dealers especially have powerful deodorizers they use in detailing, that mask odors until you get the car home and keep it closed up all night.  In the morning you will smell the cigarettes, evidence of previous carsickness and other things.  Once on a car trip I accidently put a dirty diaper on top of the heater vent.  Imagine what that was like after the car was closed up all night.  The remaining time we owned that car we NEVER kept it closed up all night.  We didn’t sell it though, we traded it in at a new car dealership.  Get the point?

My third rule is about athletic shoes.  If you buy athletic shoes nowadays, its 90% likely they were made in China.  If so, they will squeak.  This is useful if you run on a running track and want the slow person ahead of you to move over, but not so useful if you don’t want everyone in a non-athletic situation to know who you are by your “squeakprint”.  Its especially bad if you wear them in the rain or ever step into a puddle of water.  I believe it must be part of the Chinese government policy to know where everyone is at all times, but not so useful in a free country.  If you must buy athletic shoes made in China, keep them dry, and don’t wear them anywhere outside of the athletic environment.

 Next time Iwill tell you my rules for shopping in dollar stores.

Nonni

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