It’s almost as if they knew

After a succession of indifferent speaker systems, I connected my work box to a JBL Harmony, an all-in-one unit (AM/FM/CD/Aux) that in its day, which would have been the end of the last century, competed with the Bose Wave system. (It had a rather Boselike price, too.) I bought it in 1999. Thursday the battery in the remote finally died.

Impressed that I’d gotten eighteen years out of that little metal disc, I punched “2025 battery” into the grocery order form at Walmart Friday night. One result was returned: a two-pack by Rayovac (which, when I was a kid, was spelled “Ray-O-Vac”) for $4.73. I supposed the price was okay, or at least consistent with similarly constructed batteries I’ve purchased over the year. “But do I need two?” I asked myself. I mean, I don’t figure to be around for another eighteen years, let alone thirty-six, and I have nothing else that takes a 2025.

I picked up my order Saturday afternoon. There was one substitution among my 23 items: the batteries. Unable to provide the Rayovac two-pack, they gave me a single Energizer. For $1.74.

At least now I don’t have to worry about what happens after 2035.


  1. Mike »

    29 October 2017 · 3:45 pm

    Forcing you to buy two of something when you only need one is great marketing! Plus, when you finally need that second one, you probably will have misplaced it, so you can go out and buy two more!

  2. CGHill »

    29 October 2017 · 4:17 pm

    Then there’s superglue. No matter how little you used of your last tube, it’s either vanished or turned to a blob of solid matter, so you have to buy some more.

  3. Tatyana »

    29 October 2017 · 4:35 pm

    Superglue => same goes for caulking.

    18yr is the way they made things in the past century. The $1.74 will last you long enough to justify transport from China…

  4. fillyjonk »

    29 October 2017 · 4:41 pm

    the batteries to my garage door opener are similar, but do not last nearly as long – just long enough for me to misplace the second one in the two-pack.

    and of course it’s an odd size that nothing else I own requires.

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