We have the most beautiful toaster. And in the scheme of things, this planet and so on, it is brand new. But it has stopped working and I cannot bare to buy a new one.
At a guess it was given to my parents in 1964 as a wedding present, or something along those lines. And it worked up until 2008. Some people would accept over 40 years of valuable service and fling it away.
It is stylish, and it has an automatic popup mechanism to bring the cooked toast up a and it NEVER burnt the toast. Ever. I can't let it go.
I took it to the electrical goods magician and they said the points were done, there was nothing they could do. And that the points were also done on the sacrificial spare I had kept for 10 years for that very reason. Dammit. I thought I was being so clever.
I can't face buying a new toaster that will last 9 1/2 years. If I am lucky. So at the moment we use the griller to cook toast which is a flagrant and wicked waste of energy.
So if anyone can retrofit my beautiful-in-every-way Sunbeam Radiant Control Toastermatic model AT-40 to last another 10 years plus, I will happily pay NZ$200. A hundred now and a hundred a year from now when it still works.
I see the cost of anything remotely stylish being over $150, and a cheap $49 toaster has having the liveability and endurance of your average florist flower. So to me, that money is a no-brainer.
Just putting it out there….