Case one that I presented was my plastic gas can seen in the picture above. The can is still perfect and has lot of life to it but the black collar that tightens down the spout cracked allowing fuel to pour out on the ground whenever I used it. I tried epoxies to fix the collar but it just wasn't going to work around gas which would just dissolve it.
Over the course of a couple weeks, I stopped at over a half-dozen stores that carry gas can only to be confronted the spout shown above. Due to some crazy law that states that we now have to have ventless gas cans and spouts that don't leak when the can is held UPSIDE DOWN, we now have to have special caps. I can't buy one like what I already have. The second thing I learned is that my decade old gas can has a two inch opening. Today's variety only have an inch and a half opening or a two and a half inch opening. So I had to buy the whole kit and caboodle when all I needed was the caboodle.
Not a very good photo but you can make out some of the moving plastic parts where failure WILL happen sooner rather than later.
As you can see in this picture, the caboodle is engineered to fail within I would guess a year of gentle use. There is a plastic piece on the side that you have to pull back on and flex down into a notch to lock it into place. That piece rotates around a plastic pivot and another plastic piece acting as a spring which pulls a plunger buried in the guts of the unit. As an engineer, plastic is just not designed for repeated stressing as this application puts on it, especially on something that is exposed to harmful UV rays on weekly basis and most likely sets in a non-environmentally controlled garage where temperature variations also reek havoc. I told the dealer at the last place I stopped that I would sooner have to clean and use my funnel for the rest of my life versus buying that piece of crap and he agreed but he said he they were his only choice to buy. And I would have other than the fact that I still couldn't find a cap that fit my can and so my garage smelled of gas fumes every time I entered it.
Fortunately I got a tip on someone who might have an all metal gas can that they would sell me. They were a tree trimming business south of town and although they didn't have any metal gas cans, the did have what you see above. It, like the other piece of crap shown above, is a ventless design and it is still made of plastic but it has just a plastic button that pushed against a metal spring that pushed a plastic plunger to prevent spillage when I carry my gas can upside down like everyone but commonly due for this law to have been passed. A metal spring takes the stresses and not the plastic parts. It still has a plastic collar just like my old one so I'll probably still run into this same problem again ten years down the road unless I get an all metal gas can. I have a couple leads of people looking through some garages for gas cans they no longer want that fit the bill. Talking with the owner, he said that after he found these and special ordered them, he tried giving his old ones like the one pictured above away to charity auctions. Most of the people who won them at the charity auctions returned them for cash since they don't work well and as stated above, are cheaply made pieces of crap.
In case two, I talked about ice cream scoops that are full of plastic and pot metal parts that are forever breaking. I've literally gone through several scoops in the last five years or so. I pontificated about my mother's forged flat iron like scoop with riveted on wooden handles that her grandmother passed down to her and how they just don't make them like that anymore. After exhaustive Internet searching, I found the one pictured above. It is a solid die cast aluminum model with only a plastic end piece at the end of the handle. I could probably lift my weight with it without bending it. The only drawback is that it is aluminum and thus after a round in the dishwasher, gets oxidized like what you see above. The good news is that aluminum oxidation is mostly cosmetic and won't weaken the scoop over time or flake off like a previous scoop I had. Regardless, I hope this sucker will be around until I'm not.