Shallow-seated hatred

Few things get under my hide quite so quickly as a bad chair:

About 216,000 office chairs are being recalled after 35 reports of the chair backs or posts breaking, leading to lacerations, muscle strains, contusions and concussions.

The OfficeMax Task Chairs were sold in OfficeMax stores nationwide, online, in catalogs and by direct sales to businesses from September 2003 to July 2008 for between $40 and $65.

Allow me to point out the obvious: There is no such thing as a good under-$100 office chair. Anything at the $50 price point is basically a wheeled bar stool that’s been cut off at the knees: the only way you can make it bearable is to keep drinking. Something that adjusts to your needs costs at least $100, and by “at least $100” I mean, at least in my case, somewhere around $350. Unless, of course, you like the idea of having to get a new chair every 18 months or so.


  1. Lynn »

    3 September 2009 · 11:08 am

    We bought an office chair (for use at home) at Sam’s Club about 10 years ago for well under $100 and it’s still fine. That is to say, it’s not broken. I forget exactly how much we paid for it – somewhere around $60 I think.

  2. hatless in hattiesburg »

    3 September 2009 · 7:59 pm

    I’m pretty sure our office has a few of that recalled model, plus a few others that aren’t much better. Sitting on my third chair in six years, I’m forwarding this link to our management now – thanks :)

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