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August 27, 2005

Buying a Filing Cabinet - II

The outcome of my adventure in special ordering a filing cabinet pretty well conformed to the experience of the women who posted a long narrative on the Shanghai Ex-Pat website.

A delivery guy smaller than I drove up with the cabinet on the back of his "renli che" (people-powered vehicle, a.k.a. tricycle), then strapped it onto his back and carried it up to our third-floor apartment. It looked great. I paid him the balance due (plus 10 rmb) and sent him on his way. I pulled the draws out a few more times, and the action was great. So, I began loading my file folders into the drawers. That's when the trouble began. The drawers warped from the weight of the contents and would not close or open properly. So, the next day I contacted the proprietor of the store where I purchased the cabinet, Ms. Zhu. She cheerfully sent someone from the "factory" to our apartment. The guy disagreed with my analysis that the cheap nylon wheels (as opposed to slides with good steel bearings) were the problem. He told me "nide dongxi tai zhong" (your things are too heavey). I tried to patiently explain that the reason I wanted a filing cabinet was because I had a lot of things that needed filing. Anyway, he said that by re-making the drawers with heavier-gauge steel, he could solved the problem. I said that would be fine; all I cared about was the result. So, his two workmen (this time, with a mini-van) hauled the cabinet away. A few days later, they brought it back, and it now works pretty well (though still not quite as well as one with good slides, such as I could have ordred from Shanghai). - Norty

Posted by now at August 27, 2005 12:54 PM