Thursday, November 21, 2013
You Get What You Pay For
If you’ve heard it one time, you’ve heard it one hundred times: you get what you pay for. Has that been your experience in life? Speaking from personal observation, I can’t think of many times that hasn’t been the truth. Nearly every time I have spent a large sum of money for something, it has been worth the significant purchase price. Conversely, if the price tag seems too small for the item…buyer beware!
Good research is important as well; use the testimonials and suggestions given by others who have invested in the product or service to help you make a decision before you buy. Sometimes it’s difficult to decipher what feedback is unsolicited versus paid for by the seller, but use your best judgment. Also, consult the description of an item or service to help you determine whether it’s suitable for you. If the information is vague, you might be best to avoid that particular purchase, or you can contact the seller directly to get the data you desire. Those who are proud of and confident in their products leave nothing to the imagination; they will tell you everything you want to know (and maybe more).
Lastly, if you desire a product or service of superior quality, expect that you will pay a higher price for it. For instance, a piece of reclaimed Barnwood furniture made in the USA is going to cost you spades above a pressboard-covered-with-veneer piece manufactured in China. The amount of work that goes into the Barnwood piece is intensive: harvesting the wood, removing any nails and old hardware, sorting and separating the lumber for various uses, then cutting and sanding and joining each individual board by hand. The finished product, though, lasts a lifetime. I would challenge pressboard furniture to make it much past 5 or maybe 10 years.
So, please: when looking at rustic log and reclaimed wood furniture, consider the amount of individual work and expertise that goes into every piece before you comment about how pricey it is. Sure, it’s a shock to your pocketbook at first, but it’s an investment that will certainly become a family heirloom, enjoyed for several generations. If you are an accountant-type and amortized the purchase price over the life of the furniture, it becomes nearly free. When considering an investment in furniture, such as the Black Mountain Reclaimed Barnwood Dining Table with Trestle Base, always remember the old adage “you get what you pay for”.