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First it was a single cell phone charger a few months ago. I marked it up to the joys of feline parenthood. Thirty dollars later, I had a replacement charger from Sprint, but my cat decided to chew through that one the same day I brought it home. Then it got worse…
Anyone else have a cat that enjoys eating wires.
Three months later, I’ve lost five cell phone chargers, four vintage Nintendo controllers, fours pairs of headphones, and a digital camera charger. My cat, the saboteur, has ruined business conference calls and has started to affect my livelihood. “Curious” (that’s the cat) has also started to nibble on my laptop power supply, so I’m starting to get worried. Either this cat just has an affinity for the magnetic fields created by DC current flow, or the size of the cables are alluring. I’ve got to find a way to satisfy my cat’s expensive cord habit without losing my livelihood.
This would be cute except for the fact that wireless retailers charge an arm and a leg for cell chargers. For example, a simple 10 Watt charger for a Samsung A620 retails for over $30 USD at my local Sprint store. In addition, I’ve found that many product manufacturers don’t directly offer replacement AC adapters. Take the Kodak EasyShare camera dock on loan from a client. From what I can see, the only way I’m going to get a replacement for this one is to either buy a new camera dock, or order from Mouser.
As Curious eats through more and more of my wires, I’m forced to confront our “replacement society”. I’ve found a sweet spot, for consumer products that cost less than $50, it is nearly impossible to find replacement parts from the retailer or manufacturer. Sure, I can go purchase a replacement part from RadioShack, Digikey, or Mouser, but I’m sure the average Joe isn’t going out there and thumbing through a 1000 page catalog of electronics parts. For more expensive products, like iPods, cell phones, XBox, and laptops I’m able to purchase accessories.
Anyone looking for a cat?