Talk me down, please - Blather, Rinse, Repeat
Talk me down, please|
Tell me 10 good reasons I don't need this
You've got 36 hours. Go.
I'm sorry; unless you live near a Herrell's, I can't think of a single good reason not to.
You don't need that, because the $50 model is every bit as good w/ the end result, and you won't make ice cream enough to justify that much counter space/money.
So, I actually have a $50 ice cream maker. It's in my freezer right now.
Why don't I make ice cream more often? It might be because I find it difficult to get the freezing container down to a cold enough temperature. Or it might be that I find the whole freezing the container, chilling the "soup", and then mixing to be a hassle - I like the notion of the self-contained cooling mechanism.
Perhaps if I make a bunch of ice cream over this summer, and don't grow sick of it, and if I have some reason to celebrate dramatic upturns, I might succumb.
1. cost. you can put that $$ toward paying down debt in anticipation of the Bigger Goals.
2. if you get it, you won't use it very often. that's what happened to me with the bread machine.
4. Ben & Jerry's
6. Dairy Queen
7. yummy light ice cream available in your grocer's freezer
8. takes up too much counter space
9. will come to life in the middle of the night and take over your town
10. the thought of CLEANING that thing after use is enough to turn me off. but that's just me.
there is the first reason that gives me pause.
Allow me add to that point. You'll have to use it and clean it 50 times before you break even on the cost of buying 50 containers of Breyer's. More if you factor in the cost of electricity.
I got a breadmaker years ago, and I've probably made under a hundred loaves of bread with it.
I suspect that for each loaf of bread I make, I end up losing money as compared with a prebaked, presliced, bagged loaf. But I enjoy the bread I make so much more than the bread that I buy that I don't regret the purchase.
Would the same thing be true of a superfancy ice cream maker? It wouldn't fill the house with soothing aromas in the same way. Ice cream makers make for nice appliances during a summer barbecue party.
I think I'll resist for the time being.
Hmmmm, originally I was going to say you don't need it, but then I remembered it's your birthday tomorrow. =) Whereas Tray and Matt bring up good points, so does Wendy. Maybe get the $50 model instead. But yourself *some* treat for your birthday! =)
Happy early birthday, Dave!!! =)
Oooh, if you're treating yourself go buy a Force FX lightsaber from Master Replicas! Eventually I'll get one too and one day, we'll get together with Mr. Morton and battle!
The $50 model is out (as I replied to Wendy, I've already got one). But the cleanup concern is a pretty good one. I think I researched an ice cream maker like this before, and the big complaint was cleanup.
Maybe I'll put a fraction of the purchase price aside each month, and if I'm looking for an end-of-season gift, and I still think it's a good idea, then I might get it.
I really dug reading Ben & Jerry's business autobiography
, which was what spurred me to get the ice cream maker I have now.