Quality over price equals?

Always buy quality when you can. That is something that I have really come to live by in recent years and is the message that I will now try to convey to you. If you can afford a quality piece of whatever you might be buying then get it! It is so so rare that a cheap alternative is better than the proven company that produces expensive products. The reason those companies can charge their prices is because that price is held up by the quality of their products. This goes for most things in life – not least when buying for your home. The unfortunate truth is that quality goods can be expensive, but just remember that if you buy cheap, you buy twice.

I have a constant reminder of this rule lying on the floor at the end of my bed. A cheap rug that no matter how many times I furiously hoover it, the damned thing somehow manages to carry on producing fluff. This fluff then subsequently attaches itself to all my clothing. Hooray for me! I then go to my friends place where he has a designer rug lying in HIS lounge. Now the pessimist in me simply points out the it cost more than my IKEA monstrosity, but then everything else about it is better than my molting creature. His rug is soft, intricate and most importantly does not leave evidence of its existence all over the house. This dichotomy between the two products is something that I attempt to recall anytime I am trying to decide between two pieces. Especially when it comes down to things like rugs. They are designed to last YEARS. If you buy the tesco brand chocolate you might only be dissatisfied with the end result for a few minutes. With durable goods like rugs this dissatisfaction can fester for years as a constant reminder….eventually turning into hatred and the final throwing out of said curse!

Designer Rugs
Another horrible reminder of cheap alternatives gone wrong is my washing machine. I went for the cheapest of the three machines that I was considering and how I have been reminded of this mistake every time I do a wash. Now there is no getting around the fact that washing machines are loud – but there is a distinct difference between the moderate humming of a top of the range HotPoint to the noise that my cheap alternative makes. Try watching TV when in the next room it sounds like a Boeing 747 at full throttle on the runway. Again, I could remind myself that the top of the range HotPoint costs more, but then I just think of the amount of clothes that my current machine has destroyed.

Finally, the likelihood is that the products that cost more have had more design input. As a general rule they will look better (and function better) than the cheaper alternatives. This is due to the fact that not many are willing to pay more money for something that looks worse! Design is an important aspect for consumer behaviour and so quality products are usually of higher design quality as well. For instance with the rugs, you not only get something soft underfoot but also something that can be considered a piece of art in its own right. So rant over, all I can say is that for now I am still stuck with my IKEA rug and crap washing machine compared to the top of the range HotPoint washing machine and Bazaar Velvet rug that are contributing to my friends happiness at home rather than taking it away every time he wants to wash some clothes.


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