This reminds me of my old boss when I worked at Napa. They don't make blades out of good quality rubber anymore. The sun destroys them. I replace them every fall regardless. Anyhow My boss had a beater truck with the better blades. They were 4 yrs. old and still looked good. He used to brag about how long he had them. We busted his balls about how cheap he was. A pair of winter blades cost us like $4.00 for a pair. His girlfriend even bought him a pair for his Christmas stocking. He returned them for something else. One day he was late coming back from lunch. I was waiting for him so I could go. I looked out the door and saw him walking along the road. His truck was parked in the lot. He said a wiper flew off and he was trying to find it. We found it in the cowl of his truck and didn't tell him. He was all bent because he had to buy 1 blade. This was a late 30's guy who had a fit when he lost his $10 cheapo timex watch that he got for his high school graduation that was still on it's original battery. His barber found it at his shop and I didn't give it back to him until I knew he bought a new one, was wearing it and wouldn't return it.