Here in Christchurch I often see televisions and other appliances dumped by the side of the road. Sometimes they are carefully placed outside a private residences. They are also put next to the clothing recycling bins operated by charities. I will write more about the televisions at a later date but I often see those cheap column oil heaters as a discarded item. Well ok, I have twice seen them on the roadside in the last six months!
I have looked at a few of these heaters and the common fault is the castors falling apart. Also the support plates for the castors are made of such thin metal that and of a poor design that they bend really easily.
Replacing the castors is a really easy job. They can simply be unbolted and replaced with new ones. So why are the owners not fixing them or getting someone handy with a spanner to do it? Surely that is a much easier option than discarding the faulty heater, earning money to buy a new one, finding your way a shop that sells them, taking it home, and then unwrapping and assembling it?
And I thought we were scrimping and saving because of this so-called economic recession.