I refer, of course, to Uruguay getting booted out of the 2018 World Cup by France. Cavani didn’t play. And it’s been kind of cold. And overcast: dreary. But my new bath brush arrived from China!  It’s been almost three months since it was shipped. It’s also almost exactly three years from the first replacement. This time I paid $5.29 instead of $4.02. Before this order, I paid the same for two brushes, but mistakenly sent them to our official U.S. address. So now my my…Continue Reading “Unhappy day in Uruguay”

I have posted a few times about cheap Chinese products. One of my recent free-international-shipping purchases was a replacement for a 4-port USB hub that was compact, highly-rated on Amazon, and, for whatever reason, disappeared. After a week, its status. Obviously a quality-control reject, it dropped connections. Fortunately, during its brief tenure, I did not rely on it for external drives, just keyboard and mouse. So it’s a complete write-off, my investment of USD 0.99, delivered from China for free.  

Classy may be too strong a word, but Tienda Inglesa has been for me the best of the handful of “large” (remember, Uruguay is small) supermarket chains in Uruguay. Back in 2012, Tienda Inglesa sold LED lights imported by Renovables S.A., a wide-ranging and impressive Uruguayan renewable energy business. The owner, Rolando Ringeltaube, told me how carefully their company monitored quality control in China. And, he told me, LED bulbs should have a life of 20 years. Which, considering the history of incandescent light bulbs, seems an unlikely…Continue Reading “Tienda Inglesa: from class to trash”

A few years ago, I bought a bath/back brush at Tienda Inglesa. By now, it was showing its age, so I went to check on getting another. 650 pesos, or over $20 US even with the “strong” dollar. The nice lady said it was Italian, and yes, expensive, but it would last forever. Properly explaining what I thought next seemed a little beyond my vocabulary at the moment. Three weeks, and $4.02 US later (shipping included!), I have a replacement: Better still, it was delivered…Continue Reading “Ebay and China to the rescue”

When my second little key chain flashlight (in four years) went dead, I looked closely and realized it could be taken apart and the battery replaced. A replacement battery would cost almost as much as the flash light, but if I can keep even one little bit of plastic out of the landfill, it’s worth it, right? Wrong. I sent this image to the eBay seller, saying the batteries they sent were either counterfeit or expired. I bought a new flashlight to make the comparison….Continue Reading “Cheap Chinese shit redux”