When the springs on two large hair clips snap, within the same week, does it mean poor workmanship, the clips are no longer 'big enough' or have little spring snappers been secretly at work...?
Well, OK, the latter was the most ridiculous option I could think up, but, now I have two big bits of plastic, perfectly useless cause a 10 cent spring (or thereabouts) is virtually impossible to replace. Even if I could find the right springs, without expending ridiculous effort, replacing them would probably turn into a thankless task without the right equipment.
Anyone wondering why I am going on about now useless bits of plastic might want to ponder this: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/10/science/10patch.html?_r=3&em.
There is an even better video/photo story I saw online recently, but I don't have the link to hand. I will post it, if it crops up again.