I lived with a shitty blender for a very long time. To be fair, I always knew there were better ones out there but I hadn’t realized how much better, better could be. The blender had been dying a slow death for some time now. First, a little plastic piece on all of the cups broke off, so I had to stab a piece of the blender with a fork for it to actually blend. Then, the plastic piece that makes the blade spin slowly chipped away until it would spin no more. I have to admit, when it died, I wasn’t a happy camper. I wasn’t looking forward to shelling out cash for a new one, and it had served me well for many years. I have successfully made many smoothies with it, but I have to admit, now that I got a new and improved blender, I wish it had died sooner.