There is one thing you can count on at least 99% of the time. You get what you pay for.
It's true. If you want quality, you usually have to pay more for it. Whether or not it's worth it is up to the end user and their expectations. Regarding materials, design, and construction if you play it cheap you'll most likely regret it in the long run.
With current worries, consumers and designers are starting to rethink old practices. Designers are producing pieces with lasting power, products that will endure the latest trend and stand the test of time. Consumers are taking a closer look at what they purchase, with a discerning eye focused on quality.
So while people are purchasing less, they are purchasing better. Below you will find my tips for making better purchases (take them for what they're worth).
Tip#1: Test Drive.
Jump at every chance to take a closer look at the product, feel it, turn it over in your hands, check out the welds.
Tip #2: Find the best price.
This generally means going online. Online deals are great and a lot of times you find the same product seen in stores, cheaper and with free shipping. Read reviews and always read the return policy.
Tip #3: Say no to knockoffs.
Yes, it may look like the original. Yes, it will be cheaper. But that's just it...it will be cheaper. Wait for that special piece. Save your money and buy quality, versus just buying the look.
No one likes buyer's remorse. And these days, few of us can afford it. Buy smart.