Yes I did actually.. I just didn't have any memory of mentioning that..
I guess I told the donationcoder irc chat channel about it
So yeah my prior model was this one for $16: https://www.amazon.c...-Fryer/dp/B00005KB37
I put the plastic lid on while still hot and it just melted right into the oil.
In truth though, after it cooled the melted plastic peeled right off and i could use the fryer with a glass pot lid fine. The real reason I upgraded from the $16 to the $25 fryer was because the new one gets a bit higher in temperature which is better for frying.