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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 10:36 AM
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Remember when you bought new stuff, and didn't have to learn to use it?

Those were the days...
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 10:39 AM
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1. Gosh, you are right! I forgot bout that.
I remember when we bought new stuff and could OPEN the damn package!
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 10:40 AM
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2. Remember when you bought new stuff and didn't have to assemble it?
Nowadays if you buy anything from Mattel, you are actually buying a kit, that takes several hours of tedious, complex work to assemble into an actual toy - and even then, may or may not work. Thanks Jill Barad!
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 10:42 AM
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5. Some people actually enjoy kits.
Me, for one. :)
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 10:45 AM
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6. But if it's actually a kit it should be made clear on the box before you buy it.
Not some tiny print on the corner saying "Some assembly required" while in reality it takes you hours of following complex blueprints to actually put the thing together into a working toy. And you waste hours on a birthday or Christmas Day dealing with that. I believe Mattel is very deceptive about this issue.
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ret5hd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 10:50 AM
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8. If an entertainment center comes in a box the size of a TV tray...
assembly will be required.

Sorry, I didn't write the laws of physics, but i choose to obey them!
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 10:53 AM
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9. I guess. I grew up with LEGO and building flying model airplanes, so it's all just part of the fun.
Edited on Fri Oct-14-11 11:02 AM by tridim
Putting together my nephew's toys is my favorite part of Christmas morning.

Some people don't like to cook from scratch either. I don't get it, but it's true.
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Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 10:41 AM
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3. Not having to call India for instructions...:-)
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 10:41 AM
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4. Remember when you bought new stuff?
These days my money is spent in the thrift stores, on Craigslist and at yard sales.

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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 10:47 AM
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7. My Dad was fond of saying, "When All else Fails, Read the Directions."
Edited on Fri Oct-14-11 10:48 AM by FSogol
:shrug:
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saras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 10:54 AM
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10. Remember when you thought that buying things was a reasonable way to solve problems?
That was the mass media, and postwar consumerist propaganda.

Before that, you bought tools and raw materials and solved your own problems.

Even toys didn't entertain you, you had to entertain yourself with them.
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handmade34 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 11:02 AM
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11. Remember when you bought new stuff
and it was made in the USA...
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-14-11 11:50 AM
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12. I'm so old, I remember when I never needed a password! nt
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