It used to be that if you wanted the best of something you didn’t have to look hard to find it. Often times it was “made in America” and other times it was the iconic name of a company that offered the best and you just knew that if you bought that product or service you would get the best…or nearly the best. ( I can’t always afford “the best”)
Recently I think that we as a nation, and possibly the world, has settled for mediocre in just about everything….or worse yet, settled for crap. Let me cite some recent examples.
- Cell service. Cell phones, or “mobile devices” as they are referred to know have moved from luxury item to nearly necessity. We all pay a pretty penny for such services but who among us can say with any certainty that our service is awesome? Not me. I allegedly have the best provider in the US, and yet I still get dropped calls….texts that don’t send or receive…
- similarly when I am at work I pretty much can tell immediately if a caller that is on the phone with ME is on a cell phone. The clarity sucks and often is so bad that I will tell the caller ” I cannot hear you ,please call back when you are in a place where your connection is better”. Is this our future? Is this progress as we know it? to have phone service reminiscent of the days of party lines and operators?
- Internet. Between TV internet and phone, the Chick family pays a pretty penny..we like our technology, but almost once a week I have to “recycle” the modem upstairs because it seems to “forget” who it is. And according to comcast…aka Xfinity, this is perfectly normal and acceptable. I disagree. If I forgot who I was on a weekly basis, I’d probably be in assisted care with a dribble bib around my neck. I would certainly not be in a high profile pharmacy job. I also have satellite TV that occasionally needs the same kind of service…or we will record a show that will stop in mid viewing because the connection was lost. Can I deduct a certain amount from my bill because I didn’t get what I paid for? not likely…
- clothes. I can’t list the amount of clothing that I have spend decent amounts of money on that after 1 washing barely resemble the item that went into the washer. I ve had articles of clothing that have buttons barely sewn on, hems that weren’t done properly, arms of different length, seems splitting, etc AND I buy clothes that are known for quality. I don’t shop for clothes at Target…I choose high end because I want to wear them for a long time. I find it disappointing that a high quality name such as Nike, Nordstrom, Columbia Sports, Adidas etc, make something that costs a great deal of money that ends up pilling, shrinking, pulling, fading and buttons falling off after only a few wearings. I recently bought a pair of pants from one of these listed above, ..they were the zip off shorts kind with new tech seams where they are glued on. I wasn’t all that sure about trying glued together seams but I thought I’d try it. Mistake. before the first washing the seams around the zipper were raising. I had to IRON the glue back into place or the whole “seam” would come off in short haste. Now I carefully look at each leg before I wear to see if I have to iron glue my seams back together.
- My dryer. a couple of years ago my old washer dryer was fading fast. We went to Sears and bought a top of the line Whirlpool Cabriolet washer dryer combo. I spent as much on that pair as I did for a car when I was in college…maybe more so. And right out of the chute the dryer has a spot that grabs clothes by the lint catch..I emailed the company but got a pretty lame reply..” its been reported but very rare” and offered nothing in the form of a solution. So about once a week Ill pull something out from the dryer and its attached to that spot and has been spun into a twisted mess.
- Eating out. We like to eat out. with just the two of us, its something we just enjoy..having a good meal out somewhere in a pleasant environment. Well, thats also getting harder to find. If you look at most menu’s now, its a big deal to eat out. you can expect to drop close to 40 bucks for a meal for 2 and an AVERAGE priced restaurant. I believe they think that if they offer you a massive QUANTITY of mediocre food you will overlook the QUALITY> What I see in most places is heavily sauced, heavily salted, and covered in cheese. I also encounter loud music too distracting to hear my husband, or the current trend of having TV’s mounted everywhere. If I wanted to watch tv while I ate, I ‘d do it at home.
- consumer goods: the incredible shrinking package. Who hasn’t noticed this? the only thing not shrinking is the cost of the package and my bills. We’d all like more for less but what we really get is less for more.
- We run a small home based business. We sell a skin care product that we are pretty proud of. I opened our most recent case of product that came from our lab and send off some to one of our best customers. She contacted us and wondered why it was half empty. ” are you changing your packaging?” she asked. Of course not. We went and looked carefully at this new case was absolutely horrified to see that most of the containers were either only partially filled and when put on the scale, did not contain the advertised amount of product. We have over a thousand bucks of inventory ( at cost) that is worthless because the QA of the lab didn’t fill the jars to its stated ( and agreed upon) size. We of course replaced all of HER inventory with proper product but I am left pretty pissed and the crap they sent us
- I went to the gym last week and was looking at the medicine balls that they had on the shelf. Most were broken or split an I asked the gym manager why they looked that way…they were relatively new. He said, they get damaged when people throw the against the wall during an exercise routine. ” aren’t they supposed to be able to sustain that kind of use?” Well, yes he said, but they don’t..” More crap.
I believe that we have been slowly led to believe that poorly made, poorly constructed and poorly executed products is acceptable and the norm now. I don’t agree.But I don’t have an answer either. What is your “crap” story??