I do like gadgets but so often find them short lived or just useless in the first place. Examples re-chargeable vacuum cleaners, electric can openers , toasted sandwich makers and endless other junk. What are your experiences?
The built in Webcam on my computer had backed in so I tried all the recommended things about downloading drivers and such like all to no avail. So I buy myself (well wifa actually as she is the only one who uses it) a new Webcam the sort you clip on the top of your screen. So got home installed it, no problem. So a few week later when the wife was with the grand kids on Skype I noticed the little indicator light next to the built in Webcam was alight. For some reason installing the new Webcam had got the original built in one working. Perhaps something to do with the new camera driver. The new Webcam cost £25 plus time and petrol to get it, say a total of £30. So say at £15 an hour I could have spent a couple of hours sorting it out myself. Never mind at my time of life my time comes free and anyway could I have fixed it in two hours, probably not.
An electric car heater that flattens the battery before even defrosting the windows. A green lazer pen, not to forget the electronic tape measure that will give a rough size of a room but useless for anything else.
We've a nice selection of corkscrews, foil cutters and bottle stoppers. All the wine we purchase now comes with a screw top.
I have a selection of electric shavers, mainly because I have a habit of going on holiday and forgetting to take one with me.
Vacuum cleaners............we have two full size Dyson's, two handheld mains vacuums, one small battery vacuum handy for taking crumbs off the table, one full size Hoover battery vacuum and a carpet shampooer.
Not bad for a one up, one down with laminate flooring!