A five rupee part fails and a fifty thousand-costing gadget has to be discardedWhat an irony and paradox!
We buy branded, costly gadgets expecting them to be durable and function well for a long time. Many times we get disappointed and frustrated when the contrary happens. Though the appliance or gadget is costly, it will be interesting to be aware that all the parts and components inside are not so costly nor of durable quality. Even the most complex appliance or gadget will still have nails and screws or supports which may cost just pennies. And many times it is the failure, loss, corrosion, or damage to tiny components and parts that make our costly appliances useless and to be discarded.
Many of us would have experienced such instances when we would be in a very ugly and difficult situation. We would travel with a costly, branded suitcase. But at a particularly vulnerable moment, the handle of the suitcase breaks, and the box falls from our hands and may hit a hard surface and suffer damage. The Zip fastener of our handbag or luggage bag may fail-get stuck or break and the bag will be 'open by its mouth' exposing whatever is inside. Sometimes we may know it only when something falls down.
The other day we had a problem with our washing machine. The technician declared his helplessness to repair it saying that the particular part cannot be opened because the screw and support therein are rusted and come off if tried to unscrew. He said that the replacement is not available also. After all in a washing machine which is prone to water corrosion why can't they use non-rusting screws and parts? And lo, the outer body is still rust-proof and durable. What an irony and paradox!!