Conversations about Hardware and Price Gougers

I should tell you a little something about myself that is not necessarily obvious. It is true that I am a teacher and need to be very outgoing in that profession. It is also true that writing a public blog that potentially anyone in the world could read (and it is unclear why they don’t) seems to lend itself to the definition of outgoing. However, I sometimes shy away from conversations with strangers or store clerks. Keep this in mind as you read Today’s Perfect Moment.

I recently changed the light bulb in my oven. This is not a particularly difficult feat, but it did necessitate the removal of the light bulb cover. On my girlfriend’s oven, this required a special grippy cloth to accomplish. Mine didn’t need that, but it did require care because the cover is cracked completely in two. I have lived with it this far, but I thought it might be prudent to get a replacement. I figured that a hard glass piece like that was worth about five dollars. When they quoted me a price of over 80, I was almost speechless. I checked online and could only find one for about 65 dollars.

My next thought was to glue it back together. Realizing that it would be in the oven, I wondered if conventional glue would just burn off or poison my cooking. There must be a glue for this application.

I went to Canadian Tire because it is pretty much my go to store. I prefer Home Hardware, but I didn’t think that glue for glass and heat were really up their alley. At the store, I lined up a few alternatives and was really at a loss for what to do and which one to buy. Not surprisingly, none of them had “good for oven light bulb covers” written on the packaging.

So, I decided to ask someone at the store. I didn’t ask the young kid who looked like he would rather be skateboarding. Instead, I talked to someone a bit more mature who was working at the paint counter (which also held the adhesives). We talked about the products and in the end he talked me out of buying anything. I am not sure that is store policy, but I felt good getting his honest review of the choices.

You might wonder how not solving my problem and not buying anything can be Today’s Perfect Moment. What I should remind you of is that I generally don’t like talking to store clerks (so much so that I would rather wander around the store myself that ask one for help most times) and that I figured they might sell me something that wasn’t going to work. Keeping all that in mind, it is obvious that getting good advice from someone I probably wasn’t going to approach is Today’s Perfect Moment.

I should also note that when I told him the price of the replacement, he just shook his head and muttered some bad words about price gouging and terrible people.

If you know what kind of glue I can use on glass bulb covers in an oven which can be set as high as 500 degrees, please let me know.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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7 Responses to Conversations about Hardware and Price Gougers

  1. retrodee says:

    I’m like you in that regard. I’m terribly shy in person and usually avoid conversation with strangers at all costs. (Can’t you tell how timid I am by the stuff I post? LOL!) Most people online probably think I’m outgoing. But I’m really one of the people that would Social Distance BEFORE the pandemic. Anyhow, I hope you find a solution to fixing your oven light. Getting the right glue for anything can be tricky.

    • Anthony says:

      You might not be outgoing, but you are brave in your social postings. Thanks for your comments. I feel as though I am getting to know you better and I appreciate it.

  2. Lkvy says:

    Missed opportunity to talk about kickflips, tsk.

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