Ok, I’ve had it. I have many pet peeves but this one takes the pet peeve cake! From time to time, as consumers in society, we need to buy things. We go to the store and we buy something. Or we go to a website and we buy something online. And how do we decide which thing to buy, when there are many options to choose from? We do some research. We do a feature comparison. We do a price/feature/value comparison. We read reviews. Finally we buy the thing, and we take it home and we are so happy with our purchase. Until we smell it. Yes, smell it. And it smells deadly!
I hate hate hate buying smelly products, and I never never never remember to think about smell as a factor in my purchases. I mean, why in the world would anybody ever make smelly products in the first place? It’s atrocious. It’s wrong. It’s evil!
Here are some of the smelly products that I’ve had the unfortunate displeasure of owning:
- Luggage: Smelly luggage which still smelled after 3 days of airing outside. They still smell to this day.
- Bookshelf: It’s the glue. It’s smelly. The smell eventually goes away. But, why do I need to put up with it?
- Lamp: What the heck, a smelly lamp? Indeed! It turns out the base of the lamp is made of some kind of stinky heavy plastic. I’m not sure if it still smells – I’m afraid to go smell it.
- GelGems: These are decorations which self-stick to smooth surfaces without adhesives. Don’t buy them, they are smelly! I’m not sure if the smell will go away over time.
- Books: Some books are extremely smelly. Not good.
- Shoes: Yeah, the smell of new shoes is the smell of toxic chemicals. Not good for you!
It would be bad enough that these products smell. However, that’s not the worst of it. Smelly things are emitting chemicals, and these can be hazardous to your health. It’s called “out-gassing” and you can think of it as your newly purchased products farting (not exactly true — but a useful metaphor nonetheless). I fart enough without having to also worry about my products farting, too!
Anyway, that’s the end of this article. Clearly I should tag it as a “rant”. Have you got any examples of smelly products you have unfortunately purchased? Smelly products. We hatesss them!