There are some kitchen goodies that are just meant to come into your life. Let me tell you, I did not set out with the intention of buying a slicer. As fate would have it, it was meant to be.
I had toyed with the idea of buying a meat slicer a long time ago, but having had a brief fling with Hobart, I assumed that a real meat slicer was out of my financial reality. I had not researched or priced slicers, I was not in the market for a slicer.
During the height of the big recession, on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, we were heading to breakfast and saw a store nearby that was closing. Being good consumers that we are, we went with idea of picking up a few toys and then heading to breakfast Walking in, there were signs everywhere, “ALL SALES FINAL No Returns, No Refunds”
Before heading to the toy section, I had to take a quick trip through the kitchen section. There, I saw my slicer, sitting all by itself, on an empty shelf.. I picked him up, turned him around, examined his specifics and gently placed him in my cart. (Yes, my slicer is male.) I started feeling a bit guilty. I circled around and placed him gently back on the shelf. Within minutes, No Baking Papa had retrieved the slicer from the shelf and placed him back in the cart.
A long conversation ensued over the value and need of the slicer.
“Get it if you want it.” he said.
“No, we are not buying for ‘us’ this year, we are just buying for the kids.”
“But you want it, so get it. It is on sale.”
I put it on the shelf, only to turn around and find in back in the cart. I finally gave up and went in search of toys for the kids.
We hit the jackpot in the toy section, finding the perfect gift for every child. With a shopping cart loaded to the gills we headed to checkout.
“NO RETURNS – ALL SALES FINAL” Yes, we got the message.
We checked out, I swiped my card and paid. Smiling and wishing the checker a ‘Merry Christmas’. We left the store, chuckling about the great deals we got for only $250.
Wait! $250 for all the toys and the slicer? Even with the closeout discounts at the register, something was wrong. I checked the receipt and sure enough, the slicer had not been rung up.
I headed back into the store, slicer and receipt in hand. Leaving my hungry and annoyed, No Baking Papa, in the truck, .
At the door I was met by a large, angry woman who informed me, “NO RETURNS – ALL SALES FINAL” It took a good 5 minutes of explaining before she let me past the doors to get to the Customer Service desk.
“Sorry, all sales are final.”
“Yes, I understand that but I didn’t get charged for this……”
At which point the customer service representative looked at me like I was a zombie. She grabbed the slicer and scanned the bar code.
“You didn’t buy this here.” she said with a snotty tone.
“You are correct.” I said, with as much patience as I could muster. “I didn’t buy it, I need to pay for it.”
“We don’t carry this item, it is not even scanning – you didn’t buy this here. What do you want? ”
“I would like to pay for this slicer.”
“Well, I can’t charge you for an item we don’t sell. I can’t help you. You will have to leave.”
I did just that, I left carrying my slicer.
Yes, I heard the grumpy woman at the door shout, “ALL SALES FINAL – NO RETURNS”
Merry Christmas to me.
My slicer is a Chef’s Choice Model 610
About $125 without ‘discount’.
Well constructed, easy to clean.
Slices meat and vegetables well.
My Rating A+
Worth every penny, even if I had paid full price for it.