Thursday, December 09, 2010

Selling It… (Chanukah candles edition)

Consumer Reports magazine (which I enjoy immensely) always includes a back-page feature called Selling It, with funny scams and the occasional Black Hole Award for products which are way overpackaged… like these cheap Made in China candles somebody suckered us into buying.  (Yes, from now on, we’re buying Israeli!!!)

Sure, the box says it holds 45 candles - enough for every night of Chanukah.  The thickness of the box and the clear front implies that these will be sturdy, high-quality candles. 

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However, opening the box (proudly labeled Made in China) reveals 45 woefully slender candles, just a bit thicker than "birthday-grade" - and four sheets of foam padding to fill up the box.

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Somewhere in China, somebody is laughing diabolically…

4 comments:

  1. Leah, LOL!?

    Winfred

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  2. Now that's just wrong! I've been looking at kits to make our own beeswax candles next year. Amazon has the kits. It looks pretty cool!!

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  3. My mother bought one of those kits CHEAP on sale after Chanukah last year. Keep your eyes peeled - she was worried that the wax would go hard but it was fine when she made them this year.

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  4. Good to know! Thanks, Jennifer!!

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