Earlier in the day I made a Home Depot run by way of collecting objects needed to keep the shack standing. Among them is a new cover for the much-used Weber gas grill, which resides in the backyard in a block niche that backs onto the chimney. This space is open to the elements. Since I now cook almost exclusively on this grill, it behooves me to take care of the thing. So I like to protect it from the rain and heat with a heavy plastic cover designed to fit its particular shape.
This fine device consists of just that: three pieces of plastic sewn together, with some glue or similar goop to seal the seams — the way a light tent is built. Only without the struts.
Home Depot has them, all right. Price? Sixty to eighty bucks!
In the past, they’ve had cheaper knockoffs on the shelf, but I didn’t see any there today.
So back at the Funny Farm, it was straight to Amazon.com, where I found the desired knock-off, reasonably well reviewed, for $20.
Meanwhile, I’d bought a Goodyear collapsible hose — nice and lightweight and supposedly kink-resistant — and wanted to see how Amazon buyers had reviewed it before tearing off the package. And I could NOT find it there. It develops that Goodyear products are now made by Continental, a German firm.
So presumably the examples on Home Depot’s shelves are way, WAY out of date: i.e., no one will buy these hoses. Turns out there’s a reason for that: consumers commenting at HD overwhelmingly hate the thing. So….we’ll be keeping the receipt.
So you wonder how a store that sells outrageously overpriced products and hoses that receive 125 one-star reviews out of a total 135 reviews(!!) manages to stay in business.
Oh, wait: By driving all its competition out of business…