Friday Dilemma: Does this look “easy to assemble”?
Look at this explosion of nuts, bolts, wires and assorted metal doo-dats. Just look at it.
It’s the first page of the instruction booklet for the rowing machine I recently purchased from my local Big W, and the large black words on the side of the box said “easy to assemble”. Easy my big fat (but for long!) backside.
I bought the machine having spotted it in a mailbox catalogue. The catalogue said nothing about self-assembly until the extremely fine print on the very last page, which I originally missed. So when I went to the store, I was a little surprised they gave me a box. Like I say, though, the box said “easy to assemble”.
Yeah, right. Maybe I nodded off too much in metalwork classes at school. Admittedly, I am no great handyman. But this thing was no row in the park. It took several hours and many curses to put gotether. Indeed, I only successfully threaded the wiring for the electronic display with the aid of the slender limbs of my children.
Hooray for child labour. And hooray for the IKEAfication of the world, where everything is to be taken home and assembled. What next: you go to the local pizza joint and the guy gives you a slab of dough and a handful of olives and mushrooms and tells you to go home and bake it?
Then again, perhaps you think it’s fair. The thing was only $298 and it works perfectly. So far, I haven’t maimed myself once.
All the same, I still maintain that “easy to assemble” doesn’t equate to 120 different bits and pieces of stuff that require hours of labour to put together. You say?
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