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Old 06-25-2009, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
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I believe it's foolish to pay less without shopping around and doing research to determine that what you're paying less for is actually of equal or similar quality to other items/services on the market. Sometimes you can actually find a much better deal on something, but sometimes you're being offered a much lower-quality product/service for that cheap price.

My loving boyfriend has not figured this one out yet. He's far too willing to accept the crap he sometimes gets for that low price. Makes me mental!
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:56 PM
 
Location: La lune et les étoiles
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I don't believe in paying huge markups on anything, EVER!

And paying full price does not guarantee better quality.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:56 PM
 
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I believe it's foolish to pay less without shopping around and doing research to determine that what you're paying less for is actually of equal or similar quality to other items/services on the market. Sometimes you can actually find a much better deal on something, but sometimes you're being offered a much lower-quality product/service for that cheap price.

My loving boyfriend has not figured this one out yet. He's far too willing to accept the crap he sometimes gets for that low price. Makes me mental!
You are spot on about doing research. My husband is actually very good at researching "big ticket" items and this is one area where he will pay more if he knows he's getting a far superior product. Equally there are occasions when a cheaper product has been found to outperform a more expensive one.

If we are taking a vacation we ALWAYS research accommodation on TripAdvisor - often the best places to stay are NOT the most expensive.

Taking the time to do some research can bring big rewards.
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Old 06-25-2009, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
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If we are taking a vacation we ALWAYS research accommodation on TripAdvisor - often the best places to stay are NOT the most expensive.
We just got back from Florence. We stayed in a little hotel that was recommended by a poster on another forum. The price sounded almost too good to be true, so I checked it out on Tripadvisor (as well as on other travel review sites), and it truly did get overwhelmingly positive reviews. It was a great, great place, so this was one research project that got us a great accommodation for a great price!

Just don't ask me about the "great deal" my boyfriend got me on a bumper repair on my car. That one did not end well!
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Old 06-25-2009, 02:31 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Its not smart to pay less.
So...
if three stores are selling your favorite brand of jeans, and store#1 has them for $35, store#2 has them for $45 and store#3 has them for $60, where will you buy them?

It's not smart to pay more than $35!
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Old 06-25-2009, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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No. There are certain floor prices for quality, but often you won't see that...people try and make sure no one knows what the true price of anything is. I know shopping for computer products I've been pretty stumped, some are really good...some are the same products you find elsewhere with a brand sticker on it and price raised by 4x.

I just say find quality and check out the price history. I know Timbuk2 is beyond great for their bags, but rarely go on sale because they price at margin. Eddie Bower has been good, and I would get their clothes only on sale.

It's really hard to figure out honestly, but I know I will pay more for quality...not obscenely more but reasonably.
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Old 06-25-2009, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Loudoun County, VA
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Yes I do, in most things. My mom always says that a poor person cannot afford to buy cheap stuff. She, of course, only pretends to be poor, lol. But nevertheless, I've thought about it and she is right.. We bought all new Ikea furniture when we got married a few years ago. Now most of it is broken. Should've spent a few thousand dollars more and get quality furniture that will last for decades.
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:42 PM
 
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So...
if three stores are selling your favorite brand of jeans, and store#1 has them for $35, store#2 has them for $45 and store#3 has them for $60, where will you buy them?

It's not smart to pay more than $35!
I'll pay the $45 at store 2. I wouldn't be seen as a "price hawker" nor would I been seen as a "pay it, no matter what" type.
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Old 06-26-2009, 01:22 AM
 
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I'll pay the $45 at store 2. I wouldn't be seen as a "price hawker" nor would I been seen as a "pay it, no matter what" type.
I call BS

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Old 06-26-2009, 01:48 AM
 
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You buy the cheap product, doesn't mean that I will.

I mean, come on, I have to spend the money I have, and its a lot, so buying cheap things will take me longer to spend it.
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