Last fall I began a search for an electric kettle (teynik) to boil water. The hunt was long and hard, for I did not want to boil my water in a plastic kettle, and the stainless steel ones seemed to be quite unreasonably expensive and/or ugly. I popped into over a dozen stores before virtually giving up. If I were in the US and couldn’t find one easily, I’d check online, but although there are rumors that certain things will be delivered to Armenia as part of the Europe zone from European online retailers, I suspected I’d have to deal with customs when it arrived.
Recently I popped into a somewhat out of the way shop that’s proven to have good stuff in the past – though I thought of it more as a glassware, plates and kitchen utensils shop. It turns out they had electric kettles, and I quite liked one of them which was on display, and for a price I was very happy with. It was the last one they had though, so I reluctantly bought the floor model after asking them to clean off the price tag they’d stuck on it, which I hate battling to get off of my purchases later. They happily complied, and then as is standard operating procedure in Armenia, then filled it with some water and plugged it in to test it in front of the customer (me) in order to prove it is working when it was purchased. This prevents customers from bringing it back later saying it doesn’t work. Well it worked, and I happily took it home.
Two mornings later, it stopped working.