Where are there too few receptacles in your home? How about the room for the entertainment center? Today, you don’t have just a single-cord television set. With a TV unit, LCD display, and DVD player, you have three devices going into one duplex receptacle.
Living rooms often have stereo systems assembled from standalone devices (tuner, CD changer, equalizer, CD recorder, etc.) with their own power cords. This situation combined with one receptacle every six feet is why many living rooms have extension cords run under the carpet and/or a receptacle crammed with plug-in multi-receptacle blocks. This problem has existed since the 1970s, when people were adding turntables and tape decks to their systems.
And in the 1970s, the toaster was often the lone small appliance in the kitchen. Maybe there would be an electric mixer on the weekend or an electric knife at Thanksgiving. Today, you’ve got your coffee maker, microwave oven, small grill, crockpot, and other small appliances. Consequently, either there are extension cords everywhere, or these items are in illogical places.
The “justification” for grossly underwiring a residence is “people don’t want to pay for it.” But is this true? For a small initial cost difference, the usability difference can be substantial. People pay even a large premium for something, if the marketing for it is done correctly. That’s why some people pay $50,000 for a car that does the same basic job as a $12,000 one.