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|10-23-2017, 12:51 PM||#21 (permalink)|
3 years ago I bought 4 shirts from walmart and 1 from sears. Thee walmart shirts are all trashed, shrunken and permanently wrinkled.. and in the bin. I still have the sears shirt.
i bought a canadian tire store brand bbq. it lasted me 3 years before the burners needed replacement and the igniter died. I have had a broil king for 6 years now with no replacements and EVERYTHING works perfectly.
If I am going to use something once or twice I will buy cheap knowing that it will do the job long enough to get the job done. If i use it regularly I buy quality. Not expensive or fancy, just quality.
and I don't buy it from walmart no matter what quality brand name is on it lol. they are walmart specific brand name items designed to be cheap. Not low cost, just cheap.
|10-23-2017, 01:02 PM||#22 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2012
I think there are two ways to look at this.
1. You can do an economic calculation of price and hassle. If the hassle of getting new shirts isn't too high and the cost is low enough, buying the inferior product would be the best economic choice.
2. There is something nice about quality and permanence. It seems to have a positive psychological effect. When I have had a shirt or coat for years, and it still looks/works great, I have a positive relationship with that object. My family also seems to get attached to the object and kind of grieves when it finally needs retired. Kind of like the paintball gun that has been trustworthy and seen many battles. In this way, a simple economic calculation does not tell the whole story.
This is what I got at Costco, and it seemed to be a good buy quality/price.
|10-23-2017, 01:29 PM||#23 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2016
I have no idea about shopping for clothes.
But Sunday was my 5 year (inside joke) shopping exercise. Went to Macy's and found this amazing section in the back.
High end brands, %80+ off all day long. I actually bought some nice looking clothes.
My fashion sense ends at: wife = "you are not wearing that".
The "high" end clothes do tend to fit much better than just cheap brands. The materials feel nice as well. Although the styles, most I hate, I don't need to buy jeans with holes in them... and... I'm getting agitated just thinking about that lol.
Whatever you do, prepare to spend some cash.
I mean you could buy 1 Star... but you know Graffiti will make your day so much better.
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|10-23-2017, 06:28 PM||#24 (permalink)|
My opinion is that anything that you use every day, or that you have to touch regularly is worth spending to get quality. For me that means bed, clothes, knifes (kitchen and pocket), wallet, triggers, and shoes.
Clothes that fit properly and last a long time will just get more use than ones that don't.
|10-23-2017, 07:22 PM||#25 (permalink)|
|10-23-2017, 08:36 PM||#26 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Leominster, MA
I actually prefer disposable, bargain priced knives and wallets for EDC specifically because they see so much abuse that cannot be survived by the most rugged of options. Same goes for many of my shoes and clothes for that matter. I agree with your sentiment, it just depends on the intended use.
|10-24-2017, 01:41 AM||#27 (permalink)|
Plays on the cheap
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Central WI
For me, it depends on what the item is & what I'm using it for. I like cheap/inexpensive knives for cutting random stuff, but for work boots I buy expensive ones- almost double what my boot allowance from work gives me. Light bulbs: I buy inexpensive. TVs: I buy expensive (I game a lot, gotta look nice). It all depends on the item.
Some stuff has a decent compromise. I like Northcrest flannel shirts. Not the thin ones, but more midweight. I have two I bought from Shopko on sale for $15 each about 10 years ago and still use them regularly (they're kinda ratty now, but still work). Good quality for the price.
The trick is finding what brands/lines are quality regardless of price. I buy Lee boot cut jeans from Fleet Farm. They're not cheapies, but they don't break the bank either. Fantastic jeans. Beats paying out the nose for Levi's. I also bought a pair of Lee carpenter pants from Fleet for just over the price of the boot cut jeans. Wore holes in those well within a year. I know which ones I'm sticking with.
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|10-24-2017, 06:44 AM||#28 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2012
Some stuff is worth paying for. Good boots, good belts, and good beds are the top of my list.
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|10-24-2017, 08:42 AM||#29 (permalink)|
|11-01-2017, 05:50 PM||#30 (permalink)|
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Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Lake Saint Louis
Brand specific? No.
Quality matters? Absolutely.
Personally, I'd suggest looking at All American Clothing, and see what they've got, some of it is priced nicely. Other than that, check the tags, and if one of the ones you like says Made in USA, pick that one. Its our mentality of cutting corners on prices on everything we buy that is the prime reason our manufacturing is dying (thanks Walmart, for pushing all of our jobs overseas, yet you try to say "we care about our country", bull****)
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This is what the Statue of Liberty is supposed to mean. But what does she mean now? How have we strayed so far?