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Old 06-28-2009, 03:21 AM
 
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the cheaper it is the less amount of care that is put into it.

considerably lower price say on clearance, or in a yard sale or thrift store then yes...do not expect it to last that long.
Bingo, on both counts.
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:23 AM
 
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Hey LondonGirl, my attitude is that of a trapped UK citizen. Its really bad here.
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:27 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I wouldn't say it is stupid to pay less.

I would say, however, that you often get what you pay for.
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:40 AM
 
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I say that you get what you pay for.
I totally agree with you.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:04 AM
 
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Well, I paid 2100 for my motorcycle from Japan instead of 20K-30K on a Harley-Davidson. I have less repairs and less problems than friends with Harleys. And, it's more fuel efficient.

And, lets not get into GM cars vs. Hondas or other Asian cars...
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
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Generally you get what you pay for. That being said, if once identified, an identical product is available at a lower price it pays to shop around. Brand-name clothing also preys on consumers who blindly go for the brand-name product assuming it is better.

When it comes to goods such tools, motor vehicles, or other-commodity intensive products, a cheaper product almost always is an inferior one.
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
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Well, I paid 2100 for my motorcycle from Japan instead of 20K-30K on a Harley-Davidson. I have less repairs and less problems than friends with Harleys. And, it's more fuel efficient.

And, lets not get into GM cars vs. Hondas or other Asian cars...
You're not even comparing equal product categories. Explain to me how you can buy a brand new Japanese 1500 cc motorcycle that is loaded with accessories and chromed parts for $2100? $2100 will buy you a new Japanese 50 cc motor scooter at best.
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:12 PM
 
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You're not even comparing equal product categories. Explain to me how you can buy a brand new Japanese 1500 cc motorcycle that is loaded with accessories and chromed parts for $2100? $2100 will buy you a new Japanese 50 cc motor scooter at best.
It was used, and a 500 cc. I use it for commuting, not for twisties at the track or as a vanity symbol. Comparing two standards (one HD and one Kawasaki let's say) with similar stats, the Kawasaki comes out on top as economical almost always. They were built to be economical. Harleys were built to be big, bad, and sexy (I definitely have a respect for the vanity of the bike). They have one or two bikes that I would consider "economical" (under 7K new and 150 cc +, at least 40 MPG, cheap repair costs, cheap to insure... something that won't put huge dents in the budget after buying it). The Japanese bikes like Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha end up being more economical over the life of the bike. It's the same reason why Honda cars tend to cost less than GM over their lifespan: Japan is an island nation with ~128 million people crammed on it with very limited resources. They have to import most of their raw materials for manufacturing, and petroleum is expensive! Of course they have to make these machines efficient. In America, we have the luxury of having vast amounts of resources, so we can afford to be "flashy" and build stuff that may cost more over time. However, now that prices are catching up to us, we're finding flashy to not be good on the wallet.

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When it comes to goods such tools, motor vehicles, or other-commodity intensive products, a cheaper product almost always is an inferior one.
Again, GM vs. Honda, Kia, Hyundai. GM used to be great, but they're products have gone to crap as of late.
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:15 AM
 
Location: 23.7 million to 162 million miles North of Venus
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The best deal gets you the most product for your dollar. A Craftsman wrench will certainly cost a lot more than one at Walmart, but I bet it will be a lot more durable too. If you only need it to put together some shelves in your home, maybe you can get buy with the cheap one, but if you are using it everyday to take repair machinery, you might might to pay more for the better one.

The generic chips and sodas at the market cost about 2/3 the price of the popular brands, but most of those are substandard in taste, so in that case, you are definitely getting what you pay for.

One the other hand, I was shopping for an item one day and at most stores, I saw the small for $40 and up and the large for $55 and up. The last place I checked sold me a large for $30.
Exactly. Mega discount stores like Costco, Walmart, Sams, etc., sell many products that are made specifically for them. Appliances, electronics, tools, etc., may appear to be exactly like what you would find in other stores, but they are not.

It doesn't matter if it's a toaster, blender, drill, mower, TV, DVD player, etc., if it's being sold in the mega stores then it has been made from cheaper parts/material than the same product that is sold elsewhere.

I do shop at the mega stores, but I won't buy electronics or the more expensive small appliances, tools, etc., from them. If I have to pay a little more for those things by purchasing them somewhere else, I will.

A person may get lucky and buy something like a TV from Walmart and never have a problem. But, being made with cheaper parts than it stands to reason that it shouldn't last as long as something that was made with higher quality parts.
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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...you often get what you pay for...
But more often you don't.
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