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Don’t Be Cheap

October 5th, 2006 at 06:14 am

Buying “quality” instead of “quantity” is something that people just don’t do much anymore. They would rather something cheap and hope that it will last as long as a high-quality item (it never does). Your average person will buy something like a computer, for instance, and believes that the $300.00, bottom of the line computer will last as long as the $700.00 one. What they don’t understand is that you will probably end up buying nearly three of them while the $700.00 computer just needs some minor tweaking over the years.

You can usually apply this concept to nearly anything you buy. Instead of always buying the cheapest equipment, consider reading consumer reports and reviews of items before you make a purchase. Sometimes investing in a more expensive item might save you a ton of money in the future. Stop being “economical/extremely cheap”, and become an educated buyer.

5 Responses to “Don’t Be Cheap”

  1. elgin526 Says:

    I've always felt this way! Take clothing. I shope at JC Penney and Eddie Bauer almost exclusivly. You know why? The quality of the clothing is very high (especially at EB) and the last me YEARS (plus the styles are clasic rather than trendy, but that's a blog for another day). I made the mistake once of buying clothes at Wal-Mart. They fell apart, shrunk, or faded after one or two washings. I bought shoes at Payless, they wore out about twice as fast as shoes from a department store.

    So now I hit the sales and clearance racks at my fav stores and in the long run save a ton of money and still look great! No more "bargins" for me, thanks!

  2. sarah Says:

    I am not so sure. Especially if you buy used. While it is true that if I buy a 200.00 used computer I might need three of them to match the lifespan of the new 700 computer however th e200.00 coimputer puts no added stress on the environment and I am still saving a 100.00 total.

  3. JRBeaudry Says:

    I worked at two different computer retailers in my lifetime and trust me higher end machines always out lasted crap machines. Here I will even throw in some financial advice in here too. Use the stores credit card (usually 1- 2 years no interest) buy a better machine and pay with inflated money. Now that is sweeetttt. I wont go into the whole time value of money thing right now, but trust me buying a better machine pays for itself.

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Um.... I don't know about that.

    I think when people purchase computers, they should buy according to what they plan to do on that machine. Because, buying a cheap e-Machine for a bleeding edge gamer is just going to be an exercise in futile frustration, and buying a bleeding edge Falcon Northwest for grandma who just wants to email and look at pictures of the grandkiddies is overkill.

    It's also worth asking how badly when they would actually need the machine. Because, if they can wait, better technology is usually right around the corner for the same dollar amount. Even with no interest loans.

    For my needs, I haven't bought a new computer for... almost 5 years now. However, I've been lusting for a machine the entire time. I'll never forget when AMD broke the 1ghz barrier, and some people were rightfully bragging about their dual CPU Tbirds! Woah! Today? 3ghz isn't hard to come by, if people even care about ghz anymore.

    Oh my point is that, I've been lusting for one all this time, but have never had a solid need to justify into actually buying one. I find that it's not quite the machine but the user that is more important. With enough tinkering, you can a machine go much, much further than it was originally designed for. I still have a Pentium II 266 (with MMX! Big Grin) that can barely run Window 98, but with a custom BSD build, it's handling everyday tasks as well as any mid-range computers today running XP.

    Newer isn't always better, and unless there's a solid reason to upgrade, buying later instead of now will save a lot more money in the long run. But... just that's my opinion.

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    Back on topic though, I do agree with the general principal of buying quality over quantity. I may not agree with technology, especially computers because their short shelf life, but with my mattress for example, I paid a premium price for it. Still, I'd rather do that and have it serve me well for literally decades than for my sleep to suffer due to an inferior mattress.

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