Stretching one’s dollars requires a little bit of research when it comes to durability in the products a consumer purchases. A cheaper product may sound like a great deal but if the purchase breaks down quickly and that product needs replaced how much money is the consumer actually saving? New shoes for the school year are a great example of this.
Many discount stores offer shoes. Discount stores sell stylish shoes at ultra-low prices and a consumer can hardly be blamed for taking the bait. Such cheap shoes, however, usually are falling apart come Thanksgiving requiring more money spent on a second pair. In the case of school shoes, spending a few extra dollars on better crafted shoes will save money in the long run.
Cheap batteries are another example of everyday items that consumers are tricked into buying at low prices. Cheap, off-brand batteries don’t last as long as their brand-name counterparts. If a consumer buys the cheaper batteries, they’re paying a little bit now and then they’ll pay a little bit later. It’s thinking more short-term. If they buy the more expensive batteries, they pay more up front but the batteries last longer.
Dog collars may not seem like an important investment but considering the life span of many breeds of dogs they should be taken into consideration. Nylon collars often fray and become distressed shortly after purchase. They also stain and trap smelly odors requiring the owner to replace the collar on a regular basis. Dog collars made with better materials will last as long as the dog itself meaning an owner can make a one-time investment and not worry about a compromised collar coming off of the dog.
Consumers have many choices in the products that they purchase and durability is good quality to seek out. Cheaper prices may catch a consumer’s eye but looking for durability in the products will often save money and time in the long run.