I bought one of these at the second hand store the other day. It was actually still brand-new, never used, priced at $4.00!!! I bought it thinking it was one of the dumbest things I've ever seen. After all, how hard is it to cook a hot dog? But, since I know DH, and the fact that he considers boiling water to be "cooking" and that is something he "doesn't do", I thought, "well, he can make toast, so maybe he can use this to make hot dogs!"
I assumed that it was really just another kitchen gadget that is basically useless. But $4, well, I thought I'd give it a try.
DH, when he first saw the box, did not laugh (which was what I did when I first saw the box). He thought it was a great idea. He couldn't wait to try it. I figured he'd be telling me that I wasted $4. I was wrong. He called me at work to tell me that the hot dogs were excellent! I didn't really believe him, though, I thought it was kind of like when DD makes macaroni and cheese--even if she makes a mistake, she still thinks it's "excellent" because she cooked it. Since DH "cooked" the hot dogs, I figured it worked the same way.
Guess what? The hot dogs that come out of that thing are yummy!!! The bun(s) get toasted just a little, and the hot dogs turn out great!!! I looked around on line for the toaster, to see what they cost when they're not at a second-hand store, and it looks like they range from about $15 to about $30. Good to know!