Archive for March, 2012

Buy it or Skip it?


Buy it or skip it is something I think about often as the owner of a recycling/garbage company. Here’s proof that other people wrestle with that as well. What happened to all the CDs, Beta or VHS? Landfilled. Please be careful with whimsical new purchases.

“Buy it or skip it?
If you have an original iPad, by all means upgrade to the iPad 3. The used market for first-generation iPads is still alive and well and will hopefully afford you at least $100 toward the new iPad that is nearly half the thickness and twice the pixels as the original iPad.

For iPad 2 owners, the question is a little fuzzier. Since the design is virtually unchanged, the question really comes down to how much you’ll appreciate the new screen. If you get a big kick out of showing the latest tech toy, the new iPad and its industry-first QXGA touch screen should be a crowd-pleaser. If your job involves sales or presentations, the new iPad’s dramatic screen upgrade may also makes sense (as might that 4G connectivity).

The final little push I’ll give it is the same push I’d give to someone considering a better TV or even a new kitchen table: if it’s something you’ll be looking at every day, then spend the money for something that’s going to put a smile on your face. I feel corny saying it, but as a chronic cheapskate, it’s something I have to tell myself often.

Still, cheapskate that I am, if a tablet isn’t already a staple of your daily routine, waiting can’t hurt you. If you’re new to tablets, consider dipping your toe in the water with a $199 Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

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No replacement parts = garbage

I phoned Stanley Canada @stanleytoolsec to ask if I could replace the wheels on my “mobile tool chest” and their advice was basically to throw it out and buy a new one. If it was warrantied, they would have taken it back and replaced it. Read: “Thrown out and replaced”. That doesn’t seem right to me. Not in 2012. The tool box is fine, it’s a box for tools but it’s not as easy to move around and that is kind of the point.

Why don’t you give them a phone call and see if they can help you out… 1-800-263-6292 press 2, then 1 between 8am and 4pm est.

We’re doing our part. Us. Fresh Start. Little ol’ Fresh Start Recycling when Stanley has so much more money, time, labour, a 1-800 number, people to answer phones, traded on the NYSE as SWK etc. Spare wheels? Nope. Throw it away; buy a new one. Earth? Get stuffed. Profits for investors, that’s our motto.

Our company picked it up as “garbage” from a job site to replace the wheels and use it for our own tools. We were going to PAY THEM MONEY to keep something out of the landfill. Stanley? Not so much. Seriously, phone them. They should be prepared to defend their stance. Or at least have their PR people defend their stance.

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