The $10 toaster...Around 5 years ago I bought a cheap toaster...$10. The price was right, the product was wrong. The temperature setting was too touchy that the slightest turn was uncooked or burnt. Possibly before I moved or during the yard sale getaway, the toaster disappeared. I didn't miss it because it was horrible, but I really wanted a toaster.
Last week, when shopping at Walmart, I bought another cheap toaster... yes, $10.
It seems low-end toasters haven't been affected by inflation.
I started it up without toast to get the 'new smell' out of it. The apartment quickly smelled of burned plastic and I unplugged it in fear it would set off the smoke detector alarm.
My partner said "Take it back" but I persisted. I moved it to the 2nd bathroom, turned on the exhaust fan and started another round of making (empty) toast. Allowing it to cool, I went for 2 more rounds. Little by little the burned plastic smell disappeared and the door closed in the bathroom kept the apartment from smelling like... burned plastic.
I had an English muffin I wanted to toast, so I split it, put it on a plate and headed to the bathroom. When asked where I was going... my response was "I'm going to make toast!"
Just to avoid questions about health and safety. It's a 2 bedroom / 2 bath condo and that bathroom (with a shower) is used for storage, the toilet has a plastic cover (like hotels) and the sink is only used for dental, water-pik, hand washing, mustache trimming, etc.