I have started looking for a Gott Thermos after seeing a friend bring an old stainless steel one to work, claiming that it can keep his coffee scalding hot for forty eight hours straight. The stainless steel Gott thermos he brought from home does not possess a single noticeable scratch or dent, which is made odd by his claim that the aforementioned thermos is more than 20 years old. It’s either Gott thermoses are extremely durable to the point of indestructibility or they had it encased in a time capsule all these years.
My first destinations were the two travel gear stores near my house, which offered a multitude of top brand thermos and coolers, but no Gott. On one of the stores, the staff wasn’t even familiar with the Gott thermos brand, and claimed that the only Gott he knows is a brand of plastic water coolers. The other store had a seemingly knowledgeable staff suggested that I try to look through Amazon.com or any reputable online store.
Amazon only had a used replacement lid for Gott thermos as its sole result, and didn’t even have a picture. The other result was a used Gott Water Can that looked like it was made a couple of hundred years ago and priced like it really was. I didn’t want to buy it and even if I did, I won’t be able to unless I suddenly find out that I am Donald Trump’s long lost son, and that he has suddenly left me with a couple of million dollars as inheritance.
eBay had similar disappointing search results. The only result I got was for a plastic Gott water cooler using “gott thermos” as a tag. It would have fit my purposes since it can be used for hot liquids as well as cold. But I wasn’t just after the cooling properties or its functionality; I was obsessed with finding a real Gott thermos. If I wanted other coolers or thermos there are more accessible, probably cheaper brands readily available everywhere.
Finally, a random Google search brought out a forum post explaining that Gott thermoses are no longer being made, as the company is now focused on plastic coolers and jugs, and are now under the Rubbermaid brand, with products that directly compete with Coleman and Igloo. Further research proved that I have a very slim chance of finding an actual stainless steel Gott thermos these days and that they have become a much sought after item amongst collectors.
It was a disappointing quest, and I think I now have no choice but to forget about owning my own stainless steel Gott thermos, or, if I’m very lucky, my coworker may not have any idea how rare his thermos is, and I could buy it from him for a mere fraction of what it would normally cost under current circumstances. I may still get a chance to own a vintage, stainless steel Gott thermos.