...Or a representation of an older post from this site about the Rival Crock Pot and Rival Crock Pot replacement parts, with a little fresh perspective thrown in...
**Update** Since I originally posted this opinion piece last year a few things have changed, one of those things being the state of the world economy; with the tanking of the global stock market last Fall and the resulting instability and uncertainty of the economies of various countries, many individuals just like you and me have been looking for ways to cut back on costs in general. The costs involved in home meal preparation have been just one particular area in which many consumers have looked to see if they can make ends meet, so to speak. Nothing has stood out in my mind as being as much of an enabler in this goal as the traditional household slow cooker or crock pot, and I believe that now is a time that has seen a new wave of people feel obligated to try and find new (to them at least) and alternative ways to make their meal budgets stretch. Many are finding that household kitchen appliances such as the Rival Crockpot are an answer to this challenge. In addition to this, more people are deciding that it is more prudent, whenever possible and feasible, to try and extend the life of their trusty slow cookers by finding the right replacement parts for them; there are a couple of reasons that I believe this to be the case just based on observations from my own website here: my search traffic and my advertising.
I have a way to see how people are reaching my site, and recently, one of the most used search terms that has brought people here from search engines such as Google or Yahoo or now even Bing, has been the term, 'rival crock pot replacement parts', which tells me that more people are out there looking for them. As for my mention of advertising, before last Fall, the advertising spaces on my website often seemed to show more ads for such things as easy crock pot recipes or general kitchen appliance ads as they did ads for crock pot or slow cooker replacement parts; now when you look at the ads on this site, more often than not, you will see a fair share of ads for retailers offering replacement parts (and often at discount prices) which tells me that the consumer demand for such things has increased enough that it has become worth their time and effort to advertise online in this way. (and that some of them are hurting enough to be selling this kind of needed item at a discount!) Anyway, I hope that new readers of this post will find it useful or helpful in some way and that if you have read it before, that you forgot it all the first time and find it fresh and new again. lol **
Over the last few months It has come to my attention that many devout Crock Pot owners are loath to let go of their beloved kitchen slow cooking appliance when it starts to show its age: when wear and tear from service in the kitchen starts to really hamper your crock Pot's performance. Other times it is something sudden and definite that ends your slow cooker's usefulness in the kitchen: an accidental drop can leave your crock pot lid or liner damaged beyond repair.
The other thing to come to my attention is the apparent lack of resourcefulness displayed by some owners; many hate to lose their crock pot but seem to quick to give up on finding a replacement part and instead assume that they are going to have to shell out for a completely new Rival crock pot. Now I can understand this mentality if most of these people deep down actually wanted to purchase a new slow cooker but just did not have a legitimate reason to do so; however so many seem just resigned to this recourse that i am surprised that they didn't try harder to go the Rival Crock Pot parts route.
It is surprising how many people will only try their local department store or cookware store for replacement parts and won't really consider the internet as an alternative. The Rival company's own website, for example, is an excellent resource for locating and purchasing replacement Crock Pot parts. Even if you think that they might be charging more than you would want to spend through their official retail site, it is useful as a yard stick for pricing the needed part(s). As a next step you can just do a simple search for the required replacement part on a search engine site such as Google for many, many alternatives for online purchasing. If you are feeling uncertain about your search results, you can always just look at the ads that show up on the search pages for relevant retailers of Rival slow cooker parts. Many small sites like this one will often even carry advertisements for retailers relevant to the websites content.
Something else that has crossed my mind is the idea that people are often not thinking ahead when making their Crock Pot purchase. you might be someone living on their own who does not usually need to cook much at any one time, but you need to ask yourself: self, am I going to be entertaining and/or cooking for more than just myself anytime in the near future?
If the answer is a yes or even a maybe, then you might just want to consider buying a size of crock pot larger than what you were already looking at. If you were looking at, say ... a 3.5 quart sized crock pot, you might want to consider buying something larger, like a 5 or 6 quarts size crock pot like the model # 38501 or model # 64451, for example. You might even want to consider looking at the newer Rival Versaware Crock pots out there since they are quite adaptable, seeing as how you can use the stoneware liner in the microwave or the oven, and that it is also dishwasher safe. At the more extreme end, you might even find that something such as the recently released Rival Crock Pot Trio cook and serve is up your crowd-pleasing alley: the three crock format of the Crock Pot trio allows you to cook and prepare meals for much larger groups of people in one session. You might feel that this is an unnecessary upgrade and increased expense right off the bat, but in the long run this might actually save you money since you won't find yourself needing to buy a new, larger crock pot down the road...
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