I am ready for my third box of Prada Lip Balm. Each box contains 30 individually wrapped tubes [shown left at life-size] and sells for $65 or so. That works out to just over $2 per tube, which, if you really think about it, is only slightly more than what an absentminded guy might spend on lip balm anyway: you leave a chapstik in your jeans and run them through the wash, you can't find one when you need it so you buy another one at the store; before you know it, you've got five barely used Chapstiks. Somewhere.
Why do I mention this? Because it makes the quarter-sized plastic tub of Vaseline that comes with the Bugaboo Maintenance Kit only the second most irrational lubricant purchase in the world.
The Bugaboo bag also contains: 2-Taiwanese polyester washcloths, a screwdriver-sized Bugaboo air pump, and a 60ml bottle of Bugaboo silicone spray. Since March 2004, the kit and instructional CD-ROM have been included with new Bugaboo purchases
Everything in the kit works well; the instructions are clear, if sparse, and the video is well done. [Even though the Daddy Types instructions for opening and closing a Bugaboo involve much less stooping. I'll come back to the video in a later post.]
It's not a question of how much it'd cost to buy all these components separately; it's how many you'd actually need to buy at all. Even though the kit's retail price, around $16, may be pretty close to the bundled price of all this stuff, you may feel like you're getting screwed. But fortunately, there are two lubricants in the bag.