Rival crock Pot replacement parts: Some more thoughts on this potentially money-saving alternative.

I know it was not that long ago that I posted on here about the value of maintaining your slow cooker with the appropriate replacement parts, but I believe that the current state of the world Economy has led me to have some neweer feelings on the subject that I would like to share here. Really, nobody is holding a gun to your head to read this blog(at least I hope not) so you always have the choice of moving on if this does not appeal to you. (but please feel free to stay!)

Recently, it has come to my attention that more and more individuals are going out and buying for themselves and for others as gifts varying types of slow cookers, such as the many different models of Rival crock pot brand of slow cookers. A lot of occasions that I am in a shopping center on the weekend, roving through a retailer downtown, or even just riding the bus, I notice people carrying their newly bought Crock Pots. I cannot help but wonder if this apparent increased volume of CrockPot sales is a biproduct of the recent economic downturn or full blown recession, or just all in my mind because of my own increasing awareness of slow cookers as a viable meal preparation option.

I personally doubt that it is the latter, but at any rate, this widespread popularity of the slow cooker generally has me wondering about how the proponents of the slowcooker will cope with the care of their trusty appliances now that we have entered a time of uncertainty for the economy; that we are now at a period when so many are fairly uncertain of where their own personal economic futures lay - whether they will have a job a few months from now, that I wonder how they will handle the important decision, whenever it should arrive, of what to do when the slowcooker stops cooking? In other words, will household cooks merely contuinue to get a new appliance when the current one shows serious signs of its age, or will more and more dedicated Crock-Pot users begin to hunt for more budget-minded alternatives such as shopping/hunting around for decently priced Rival Crock Pot replacement parts, or possibly try harder to find used slow cookers available in good condition at reasonable prices? Many individuals are already aware that buying used appliances in very well-maintained condition is a viable alternative to spending more money for a brand new appliance for the home, and that in some cases you can even find people offering for sale near or like new appliances, still in the box, which have been barely used and were probably an unwanted gift to the seller in the first place. Still nowhere near as many people seem to be aware that many of the possible problem areas of the crockpot can potentialy be addressed by the timely use of replacement parts. Whether it is a lid handle or a stoneware crock liner or something else, your typical crock-pot can be maintained almost indefinitely by the purchase of the relevant replacement parts when or if needed. It just seems that people have only lately started to become more aware of this reality, but - as the saying goes,'better late than never.' And really, if you have the choice, you stand to save quite a bit of money by choosing to purchase a replacement part such as a replacement crock pot liner for say $20 to $30, instead of shelling out $50 or more for a completely new crock pot.

Clearly, the current state of the economy can only help to encourage both the practises of buying second-hand and buying replacement parts whenever applicable. Even if the economy should turn itself around sooner rather than later, these two trends are ones that I do not see abating anytime soon.