Do You Really Get What You Pay For?

It doesn’t matter what you buy, chances are there’s a really expensive brand, a really cheap brand and many options in between. A lot of people will always buy the most expensive brand but do you really get what you pay for?

It really all depends what you’re paying for, I suppose.

Sometimes paying more does actually mean you’re getting more for your money. For example, I’m an Apple fan. I’ve been using Mac computers for nearly 15 years and I’ve bought many other products from them over the years too. And anyone who’s ever looked at Apple products probably knows that they are more expensive than many alternatives.

But I consider them worth the extra money. Apple’s support is the best of any technology company I’ve ever dealt with and their build quality and general fit and finish makes me happy when I’m using their equipment.

To me, that’s worth spending the extra money. I’ll gladly spend a little more on something that make me happy to use it. There are any number of things that I can see from where I’m sitting right now that make me happy when I use them. And a few that frustrate me to no end. There’s no question in my mind which of those things were the best “deal.”

Tools are another thing that I tend to spend more for, to get higher quality. It’s not always the case, but the best brands do tend to have higher prices. This is something I learned from my Dad, who was notorious for almost always buying the cheapest possible option, sometimes with horrendous results. Tools were one of the only things he would never skimp on.

Sometimes all you’re really paying for is a brand name. In some cases, two different brands are even made in the same factory, using the exact same materials. But one costs much more because of the name on the label.

This is usually a matter of status – someone wants to be seen with the higher-priced brand. There’s not necessarily anything wrong with that, as long as you’re aware of the reason for making the decision. If having the more expensive brand makes you feel good, what’s wrong with that?

What you pay for something isn’t really the important thing to consider. As long as you can afford to spend what you’re spending, that decision is yours to make. The important thing is to be aware of what you’re getting for your money and to be honest with yourself about why you’re making the decision you’re making.

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