Black Friday sales - are they worth waiting for? - Subtly Anxious

Black Friday sales - are they worth waiting for?

How often have you heard the phrase “you get what you pay for”? In many ways, this is linked to another important nugget of wisdom "A poor man pays twice". Whereas the first phrase emphasises the quality and worth of the products we buy, the latter goes a bit further, highlighting the unseen cost of cheap purchases. For this blog, let's delve deeper into this concept using a practical example – purchasing cheap jewellery.

Jewellery is often seen as a timeless accessory, an investment, or an heirloom. However, in pursuit of a bargain, many opt for cheap pieces aka costume jewellery. While these may seem like a fantastic deal initially, the reality soon hits home when the jewellery starts losing its shine, the color might fade, the stones may fall out, or worse, it could cause allergies (copper or brass metal). What started as a cost-saving decision has now become an expense because replacements or repairs are needed much sooner than expected.

Think of it this way: You buy a necklace from a flea market or local Vinnies, which costs you a mere $10. It looks glossy and elegant... for a couple of weeks. Then it starts to tarnish. You buy another one - another $10 down. In a year, you might end up spending over $100 on cheap necklaces or rings that never last.
However, if you had chosen a quality piece for $50, it could have retained its beauty and durability for years, saving you money in the long run.

This metaphor extends to many areas of life. Whether it’s appliances, clothing, shoes, or furniture, investing in cheaper options with an eye purely on the immediate cost savings might end up costing more in replacements or repairs down the line.

This is not to say that you should always buy the most expensive options, nor is it a campaign against finding good deals like waiting for Black Friday sales. However, it is a reminder to consider long-term value over short-term savings. Cheap doesn't always equate to value, and expensive doesn't always equate to quality. It's about finding the balance — understanding the difference between cost and value.

Before making a purchase, consider the lifespan and the durability of the product. Buy things that last, and you'll find your wallet thanking you down the line. In essence, the idea of "a poor man pays twice" teaches us the importance of investing in quality over quantity. By spotting and choosing quality, we ensure that we buy once and buy well.
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