Our investigation quickly fingered the automatic ice dispenser in our Frigidaire Gallery Series refrigerator, where we observed an abundance of rust-colored shavings around the outlet for the dispenser. Closer inspection revealed corrosion in and around the metal cutting blades. Apparently, they are not of the rust-resistant steel variety or made out of titanium or other rust-free material. This area of the kitchen isn’t well lit, so for all we know it’s been going on for years. So the good news, I suppose, is that a little rust hasn't actually killed us, proving out my husband's theory. And it does give a whole new spin on the drink called a Rusty Nail! This premature failure stuff is getting old. My mother, for example, just replaced her 35+-year-old refrigerator. And that’s because she finally got tired of the avocado trim. I do not know the exact vintage of our refrigerator, but I am guessing it’s somewhere between six and eight years old. It and all the other “designer” appliances that came with the house when we bought it four years ago have stainless steel finishes, which I think came into vogue around that time. They may look hot, but they are proving to be junk. I know I am starting to sound like an old person, but they really don’t make stuff like they used to. Planned obsolescence sounds like more than just a conspiracy theory at this point. And, let’s face it, design engineers everywhere are increasingly under pressure to trade off quality and reliability for price, excessive gadgetry, and designer looks. At this point an ice pick is starting to sound like a really good options.Is product quality and reliability really going downhill, or am I just an unlucky cynic? Let me know about your worst (and best) experiences, and I will share them in this blog.