What products are you willing to pay more for because cheap usually means low quality?

What products are you willing to pay more for because cheap usually means low quality?

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  1. Almost anything where I know the maker is for real.

    Too many overinvest in appearances and source from the same cheap OEMs instead of focusing on long-term customer happiness with their purchase.

    Tools and furniture are at the top of the list, anything I rely on or am living with day in and day out. Really feel the difference having nice things.

    Specifically excluded are stoves, dishwashers, and refrigerators – many products generally stop improving beyond a mid-grade mass produced version and companies differentiate on aesthetics because of game theory’s disincentives to innovating.

  2. Bikes and bike parts.
    Makes a huge difference. You don’t need to buy the MOST expensive bikes and parts, the middle range is pretty good, but the cheap stuff is poorly made, heavy, and doesn’t last long. Same goes for cycling clothing too.

  3. Ice cream. Some store brands are all right, but most that I’ve had are exactly what you’d expect – milky instead of creamy, oily chocolate, gritty peanut butter, you get the idea. Now, don’t go thinking I’m some sort of ice cream snob who would turn up my nose if I was offered store brand. I will, and have, happily had my share over the years. But ooh la la, gelato can’t be beat. I get some once or twice a year and it’s the nicest thing I’ve done for myself in ages.

  4. Medical devices. (Not American).

    Edit : not American means I am not American. It does not mean I would not buy American device. It is to make a parallel with the high cost of healthcare in America.

  5. Musical instruments. That cheap sax you see on Amazon isn’t a real horn, it’s an aluminum imitation that you’ll have to get serviced after a week. Rent or buy a real instrument for something worth playing.

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