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People need to think before they buy,
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This review is from: Zippo Street Chrome Pocket Lighter (Sports)
To all the people complaining about it being scratched up and thinking its a "display model"...Its called STREET chrome for a reason, any zippo will get scratched up over time in your pocket, this just beats you to the punch. also for those complaining about it not lighting...
1. It doesn't ship with fuel in it and you have to buy it separately its just the law get used to it.
2. read up on proper use and maintenance of an item before you buy it.
Other than that, this is a good lighter, its just not as user friendly as the disposable bic lighters, and you need a bit of common sense to get its full value. If you don't feel like refueling and occasionally re-flinting/wicking your lighter this isn't for you.
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Initial post: May 12, 2011 9:15:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 12, 2011 2:11:52 PM PDT
Stuart Oltman says:
Well, you need to remember that folks born after 1970 likely have no experience with these naptha lighters first designed in 1932. Most folks just use a disposable, plastic, non-refillable lighter that they replace every 60 days. Zippos were the standard up till around 1980, even though butanes were common by then. But yes, the fluid evaporates and needs to be replaced on a weekly basis, if not more often, depending on how often it's lit. Been the same story for almost 80 years, so anyone looking for a lighter that comes filled and doesn't need refilling for months should look at a different product. But they'll light in a wind storm, and they're more of a personal posession - not just something that becomes junk in a landfill after 60 days. The complaints of not coming filled are clearly from folks who've only bought disposable lighters. Even a quality refillable butane lighter gets shipped empty. The finish? Not very appealing (to me), and maybe that's why they're being sold so cheaply. I've got old, worn out brushed finish Zippos I bought in the '60s that still have a nicer finish than Street Chrome. But hey - the originals sold for around $1.50 back in the '30s. So when you adjust for inflation, $9 with free shipping and no tax is essentially free. And I use the lighter as a tool to actually light things, not as a collectible or as a toy to amuse my friends with "tricks". So for $9, the surface finish is irrelevant to me, as long as the lighter works properly. The hinge is going to wear out after 7 or 8 years and need to go back for repair anyway, and wait till you see what re-doing the spot welds does to the finish. Scratches will be the least of your complaints!
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