This is the time of year when I do my "behind the scenes" cleaning. I don't have to rush off first thing in the morning since summer's a little (just a little) slower. So I decided to tackle my kitchen cabinets. I rotate boxes and canned goods so that I will use up the ones that are expiring first and toss the ones that I forgot about and that have already expired.
I guess I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing and managed to break our espresso carafe—it fell out on the floor and shattered in a dozen of pieces. Poor Jack! One of his favorite weekend pastimes is a great cup of homemade espresso.
I started to search for a replacement online, and decided I’d try out eBay, since I’m always hearing people bragging about the deals they got. I figured between eBay or Target, I would get a better deal than going to the manufacturer’s website.
So I gave eBay a shot. I signed up for an account and searched and found a 4-cup espresso replacement carafe. I found one in black for $9.99 (used but in mint condition). I bid on it. In fact, I bid on it twice somehow, bidding against myself. After 5 days, I (and I) was the only bidder and I got it. Hurray! Jack will be getting his espresso. Then the invoice arrived by e-mail. It was $9.99 for the carafe and $7.05 for handling and shipping by parcel post.
I decided to do little more research, maybe in my zeal to be able to say that "I got it on eBay," I wasn't getting the best deal. I did another quick search and Target popped up with the same 4-cup espresso replacement carafe in black for $9.99, available online only. The difference? This one was brand new. The standard UPS shipping was $5.19 and tax $1.12. If I wanted to waive the shipping charges, I could have had it shipped to the store near me and pick it up.
I went ahead and bought the one at Target, but I decided to do one more check online. What would the espresso maker, Krups, charge for a replacement carafe? They had several different makes and styles. I found my 4-cup carafe and their cost was $9.48 with $3 shipping. Guess I should have gone there first. Sigh.