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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mercedes Benz / NOT

Carl W wrote: Glasslady, . . . . . . . . . You need to understand Blenko Glass is not and never will be the Mercedes of the Glass world. . . . . . . . . . .

Blenko is factory glass that wasn't made to be collected and quite frankly isn't worthy of collection. . . . . . . (the note continued for 5 paragraphs all negative comparisons to Mercedes).

Carl W,
You are correct! Blenko is NOT the Mercedes of the Glass World. I for one am very happy to say this, let me say again Blenko is not the Mercedes of the glass world and doesn't pretend to be anything it is not. Blenko is dependable, quality made, functional glass.

Mercedes Benz is known to be good, and people over 60 gravitate to the Benz. I belong to the group of young professionals who look at the Benz with jaded eyes.

Our personal experience with Mercedes - if you follow the blog you know my Dad's dream retirement car was a E -350 diesel which he purchased locally (for 3k more than Germain of Columbus price) Smith Motor Cars #4 Dudley Farm Charleston, WV in December 2008. We were involved in a auto crash going 25 miles per hour rear ended the car in front of us - that car American Made received less than $5k damage, the Benz over $18K

and note: the Benz is STILL being repaired by South Charleston Frame and Body Shop (5813 MacCorkle Ave St Albans, WV 304 766 8761) the car was injured 12/24 almost 70 days ago and no date for competiton is noted.

It seems Smith Motor Cars has no collision department, so they recommend Spring Hill Body and Frame - - and well Benz parts are very slowly arriving from who knows where to Spring Hill Body and Frame Shop.

So IF you want Mercedes Glass or car - you need to be prepared for damage , the expense of damage and often LONG waits. Some Americans (my Dad belongs to this group) feel very local to the Benz and want to always buy local regardless of the merits. Like you Carl my Dad's next car will probably also be a Benz from Smith Motor.

With American Glass and Cars - ( the insurance industry website states 2 weeks - 14 days is the average time for a major collision repair) the cost to replace is much less, the cost to repair is less. The stress of OWNING is less.
Also many of us can not afford a Mercedes or (Mercedes of the glass world) and some of us would never buy - - even if we could afford.

Blenko Glass is the glass of the people. Its made in a small factory. It was designed to be useful and to be used daily. Most collectors use their Blenko.

My friend owns several Gihuly items, these are under Plexiglas and never touched by hand.

Gihuly perhaps isn't the Mercedes Benz of the glass world but it is high end and glass art for the middle to upper glass.

Perhaps Blenko Glass should be compared to the FORD or CHEVY both made in the USA and affordable and usually the dealer has collision repair shop and according to Insurance website they are repaired in 2 weeks.

Owning comes with responsibility - but deciding what to purchase - where to purchase is
primary to making quality decisions on each purchase.

Buy your Blenko from a dealer with knowledge (until you have knowledge). With Blenko and most all of life, you get what you pay for.

With Mercedes Benz? ? Well, Carl you need to write again so I can understand your conception of Benz? What glass do you equate with the Benz?