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Sunday, April 27, 2008

You Get What You Pay For

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.


Barbara L. Slavin said...

Thanks Gradon. I fluctuate between the "you get what you pay for" wisdom to the Consumer Reports view that within a price range, there are many different levels of quality.

Anonymous said...

I agree with almost everything except for the buy it online bit. I work in the furniture industry, and work on commission. Spending a little extra by buying stuff with me keeps more money in the local economy. Also - I pride myself not just by selling stuff but by taking the time to figure out exactly what each client needs. I think the difference in service is huge, and one that too few people these days appreciate.

Mike said...

Hello,you have an interesting blog, it is very good and i love it.

Furniture27 said...

I cannot tell you how many emails and blog comments I get on my site about furniture that did not last, had a defect, or needs a replacement part. The fact is that if you buy cheap, it will not last.

Social Network Web Design said...

Definitely more people are purchasing less, but I doubt if they are purchasing better. With the recession and price hike, still there are more people who opt to buy the cheaper ones.