Gougers’ last stand

What does easy-to-assemble mean?

Not much, it turns out. We spent the weekend wrestling with a new TV stand.


We had one of those great old-fashioned entertainment stands. One that fit our 27-inch 11-year-old TV perfectly. We bought it at a yard sale for just $50 and it worked for years.

But now it’s time for a new one. I saw a sale in the Pocono Record  so I looked at the stock online and found one that would work with our TV and would at least be able to fit half the junk I hoarded.

So we called around, found a store that stocked it and picked it up with just five minutes to spare before the store closed.


My husband spent the day Friday trying to assemble to easy-to-assemble stand. It was rough going but he was making progress. Until he came to the cracked piece. You know how these sturdy these “wood-products” are.


Well, off he went to the store to get a replacement. We put the TV on a cedar chest in the meantime.

Day 2 of the easy-to-assemble stand wasn’t any better.

Ronnie spent three hours and came to putting the last piece in place. It was the back of the stand. As he lifted it into place, we saw on tiny message on the underside. There was a weight and size restriction.

And we didn’t make it.

And no it didn’t say it in the instruction book or on the box.

Now we have to take it back. And no, we are not taking it apart.

No, we haven’t stopped crying. No, we haven’t found a replacement.

And now the weekend is over and it’s time to go back to work. Sigh.

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