• Built to Last
  • James Neilson
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Built to Last

I was trying to think of things that I use regularly that have stood the test of time. Perhaps not surprisingly, the list is pretty short.

I’ve had the same clothes dresser for almost 18 years – not very exciting, I know, but maybe that’s why I’ve never replaced it. It does its job just fine, looks ok to me and has never broken – so why get a new one? I figure I’ll have that thing forever. Sadly there aren’t too many other things I own that I can say the same thing about.

Most of my appliances aren’t too old. It seems like that type of thing just isn’t made to last anymore.  I’ve gone through about 3 coffee makers in the last couple of years and 2 or 3 toasters. Just replaced the dishwasher last summer, and I can’t wait to get a new stove and fridge. I do have one good kitchen knife, a Global Chef’s knife, which has served me well for many years.

I have trinkets and keepsakes that I’ve had since I was a kid, but to me those don’t count, as they aren’t used on a regular basis. I’m not the type to keep a car running forever, and it’s the kind of thing you tend to trade in for a newer model.

In the living room, the TV is about 5 years old, which may be a good run for a TV these days, but I remember having the same TV for about 20 years growing up.  My PS3 has held up pretty good since 2008 – maybe I’ll still be able to play Killzone on it in 10 years, but it’s doubtful.

I suppose one important factor in the longevity of things is how complicated they are and how easily they can be fixed. As more things become computerized and sealed up so you can’t get at the insides, the tougher it is to make them last.

I dropped my iPhone a few weeks ago and smashed the glass on the back. That was almost enough of an excuse for me to go ahead and get a brand spanking new phone. I was almost glad, in fact, that I’d broken it because I really did want a new Nexus 5.  My iPhone 4 is now a few years old, won't run the latest apps, and won’t sync with my FitBit.

But it has survived numerous drops and bashes, including being dropped in the toilet (a couple days in a bag if rice revived it). So, I figured why not try and fix it since I mainly just use it for phone calls and text messages. If I’m honest with myself I don’t really need a new phone.

So I went on Amazon and found a replacement back for about 7 dollars. It came in the mail just yesterday and it took about 2 minutes to get the old back off and pop the new one into place. Now my phone looks good as new and I figure I can get a couple more years out of it.  Not bad for something used every single day. And I must say it felt good to fix something myself and only spend a few bucks on it. A new phone would have set me back a few hundred. That’s more money in my pocket for the important things in life, like beer and cigars. 

Anyway, all of this musing is a long way to say that there are really very few products that seem to be made to last, are easy to fix, and can survive regular daily or weekly use. It seems to be a disappearing value in a throw away society.

So at shinekits, we want to buck that trend and that’s why our shoe shine kits are built to last. We want you to be able to use it on a regular basis and then pass it onto your kids who will also get a lifetime of use from it. It’s a solid, sturdy piece of construction.

What things do you own that have stood the test of time and will be passed on to the next generation? Let us know in the comments.


Quality goods that last a lifetime.


  • James Neilson
  • qualityshoe shine kitvalues

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