You Get What You Pay For?
We’ve all heard it said that, often times, “you get what you pay for”. To some extent, I tend to fight against that notion most of the time. This is really for a couple of reasons: the first being that I’m a cheapskate, but the second being that these days there seems to be no end to the “up-sale” pressure from both sellers and society.
So yes, while having a $500 coffee maker with fancy bells and whistles might meet with nods of approval by some folks I know, along with some super-exotic $50 a pound coffee, that all seems like a waste of money to me. I believe my grandparents and their grandparents all knew how to make coffee that both tasted good and gave you a jolt, without spending a lot on it. Not sayin’ I don’t enjoy an occasional foreign-language-named-coffee-beverage, but most days I just need a good “cup of joe” or two to get going in the morning. In many ways it seems that we, as a society, have gotten a bit to prissy for our own good.
So recently, when I set out to buy a bicycle to ride for exercise, I started out thinking that I would buy a cheap bike and be done with it. However (because I am tight with spending my money), before I made a purchase I did a lot of research. It seems that most of those cheap bikes out there have tons of complaints about them, with so many reviews about them breaking during the first week, and people having to spend a lot to have them repaired — and worse, people getting injured, etc., etc., I ended up spending a lot more than I intended when buying a beginner road bike. Turns out it is worth it to me to spend more, considering that I’ll be riding many miles from home, traveling on some country roads, traveling some busy roads, and generally putting my health on the line for hours every week on this bicycle.
Which leads me to wonder — in this era of low priced goods — what items have you found that are really worth spending it for? Are there some items of such quality (not just impressive labels) that you feel they are definitely worth the extra money? If so, please share those with us in the comments section below.Tags: spending it, you get what you pay for