Why I Can't Afford Cheap | February 9, 2009
I remember reading a story once about an octogenarian discussing her most prized possessions with a researcher. She shows the researcher an iron that’s been going for over 40 years and explains how she had to scrimp and save to buy the product and how it ended up out living even her husband. Quizzed on why she spent so much money on the iron she said “I’m too poor to buy cheap!”
Too poor to buy cheap. That simple phase really resonated with me and has stuck with me ever since.
Cheap is quick. Cheap is dirty. Cheap is disposable.
Cheap costs money. It costs money to fix, it costs money to replace.
Cheap seems like a good idea at the time but cheap fails when you most need it.
Cheap is flimsy and unsatisfying.
Cheap is inefficient.
Cheap gets in your way.
Cheap costs you time and it costs you customers.
Cheap always cost you more in the end. That’s why I can’t afford to buy cheap. Can you?
Posted at February 9, 2009 7:32 PM