We just finished up our yard sale and it got me thinking about things I've bought that were "bargains" that turned out to be a waste of money. For instance, back in May we bought a $28 screen house at Family Dollar. We had it up for 4 days in the backyard before a thunderstorm wrecked it. (all the poles broke) The screens are still OK, so I hope to repurpose them at a later date for our EZ up canopy. (if I can, then I suppose it's still a bargain, of sorts, because the screen set for the EZ up is around $40) We have tons of outdoor family events to attend each summer, so when Rite Aid had their Lawn Canopy on sale, and I had a coupon and some Plus UP rewards, I got one, figuring for $16, I couldn't really go wrong. We set it up for the yard sale Friday night, kept us nice and dry during yesterday's rain, and then after supper we had a horrible storm (thunder, hail, 2" of rain in 30 mins.) that wrecked it-all the plastic brackets holding the poles broke. So we got one day's use out of it. Not such a bargain after all, I guess. (Though, with the parts from the cheap screen house, I was able to piece it together so if we're really desperate for a canopy frame, we could use it...with a LOT of duct tape to hold it together, and throw a tarp over the top!) What have you bought that seemed like a bargain and then turned out not to be?