Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Cheap Stuff Is More Expensive


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One of the work rooms can use yet one more set of storage shelves on heavy castors. Some fast work with the mouse brought up a web site with a cut-rate version of the food industry powder-coated adjustable wire grid shelving that is the house standard. I could buy a set of shelves for half the price of the others, and they would cost me at least ten times the savings in complexity, confusion, in not being interchangeable, modular, or easily configured, and in lacking a secondary market.

Over the years I have bought, inherited, scrounged, and discarded every variant of utility shelving that the market has offered. Even the assembly time of a cheap unit costs more than the difference in price between it and the Metropolitan line. 

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