Ninety-nine cents. Down the drain or out the window, whatever you call wasted money. Now, I can afford to waste 99 cents, but to throw out a whole can of sardines...that hurts.
How does merchandise come to be sold in the 99 Cent Store, anyway. Because they buy odd lots, and non-standard stuff that the chain stores will not handle. They get a discount and can sell goods such as $2.25 sardines for less than a dollar. And we can buy and enjoy them,.
HOWEVER, I wanted a snack last night, and I took one of my bargain cans of sardines and found it was a non-standard can with NO opener attached. Nor would the can fit a standard can opener. I punctured the can, but could not remove the top. I pried with a knife, a dangerous practice, and I even got a screwdriver to wedge under the lid. The olive oil leaked out, bringing the scent of sardines, but no fish. Ah, the essence of fish...not everyone loves it as I do. If I could have snacked on aroma I would have been satisfied, but I wanted to taste the little sprats on my crackers. No luck.
I put the leaking can in a Zip-lock bag and put it in the trash. I ate my crackers bare.
Today I will buy a universal can opener that will open non-standard cans. It may cost me $15.00 or more, but that's the price you have to pay to enjoy 99 cent sardines.