I am totally with you, Kev...I hate those falling-apart-every-10-seconds bamboo tongs. worthless.... I have some plastic ones that I adore...but I needed another pair (that's when I bought the bamboo). I looked everywhere...including kitchen stores, but one day I was walking through the grocery store, and there, in a bin of cookies was the perfect pair of tongs. I grabbed them and cornered a young kid stocking shelves. I snapped the tongs a few times and asked where the manager was. Poor kid almost fell off his plastic milk carton. When the young manager appeared, I asked him how much for the tongs. He was a little frazzled, and assured me I could just take them.... ("take the tongs, lady..please, just take them!") haha. Best darn tongs I have! Even if they do say "Voortmann Cookies" on the side!!
I've since had one of the other plastic pairs break, but I duct taped the hoolies out of them & they work like a charm. Good thing...I'd have to go back to that grocery store.