When I was a teenager, one of my uncles once told me his shoes cost him about S$80 or so. And at that time, at that age, I found that price to be rather exorbitant. So I said to him, "So expensive?".

Then he explained to me that he would rather pay a higher price for a product with good quality, which can last him for years, than to buy cheap products that can only last for months. The cheap products may have to be replaced regularly, which may add up to cost more than the expensive but good one.

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That logic made sense to me, and it became a belief of my own as well. Therefore, whenever I am hesitant about buying something expensive, I'll think about the estimated lifespan of that particular thing, and divide the cost according to the period of time that I can use it. Then I'll realise it's quite worth it!

But of course, this doesn't apply to all types of products.

I also came to realise that not all expensive products are good products with good quality. Sometimes you pay for the brand name and the marketing, rather than good materials or workmanship. At times, there are cheap products with good quality too. 

Like footwear for example. I used to always buy cheap footwear from random shops that sell cheap copycat footwear. Copycat in the sense that they copy the styles from popular big brands. However, all the sandals/shoes/slippers that I have gotten from those cheaper shops did not last very long. The soles of those cheaper footwear are often very thin with no proper support for our feet (which may lead to health issues in the long run), they can also be very slippery without much friction (which is a huge problem when it rains), or the straps will usually break off easily. Most of the time, they are a pain to wear as well. Blisters and all. In the end, I started buying more reliable brands made with materials with better quality, and they would usually last me much longer. Until I got sick of them, or they got too dirty to be worn out. 

The exception in this case would be the footwear I found in Taiwan's night markets. Those are mostly made in Taiwan, and they are extremely cheap compared to the ones in Singapore. They are also trendy and up to date. Surprisingly, the quality of the footwear that I bought in Taiwan's night markets is extremely good. The soles, the inner soles, the materials, the workmanship are excellent considering the low prices they are sold at. No blisters too! So I also understand that cheap doesn't mean it's not good either. 

It really depends on the products that you're looking at.

Ok, take clothes as another example. There are certain brands that sell tops at 30-40 bucks, but when you touch the materials of the tops, you know immediately that those materials will not last very long. Some of them will start to loosen after a few wash. Some of them will go out of shape in a short time. So 30 to 40 bucks is kinda expensive to buy something that will not last beyond a few months. Thus, in the end, we're only paying for the brand's marketing and branding costs. Which to me, is pretty pointless. In this era, when everyone can afford to get all the branded goods in the market, whether they are rich or not, I suppose nobody cares anymore if you're wearing a branded good or not (except yourself, I guess), so what's the point of spending unnecessarily on a lousy product? 

Well, I guess for the products mentioned above, it's really up to each individual's preferences.

Then comes products like home appliances or pots and pans. For these types of products, I would definitely go with a reliable brand known to produce good quality products. Because for things you use in the kitchen, you really cannot save on money and put you and your family at risk of any potential danger in using cheap unknown things produced by unknown companies. I am not saying big companies are 100% reliable and honest, but at least you get a proper warranty and guarantee that there's always someone you can look for if anything should happen. 

So for our kitchen, except for the box of free gifts (utensils, pots and etc) we got together with the appliances we bought, the rest of our kitchen wares/appliances were bought based on good brand name/reputation and good quality. We're by no means rich, but we want to have a peace of mind when we use the products to cook or eat. Plus, it'll be good if those things can last us years instead of months, so we won't have to keep replacing them all the time. In the end, it's saving us money, if you look at it this way. 

Take the Tefal pan we got for example. It's more expensive than other types/brands of non-stick pans, but once you use it, you'll know it's totally money well spent. 

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They have a big selection of different types of pans. We got one from the cheapest range, which cost us about $40+ or so. 

I once got a cheap non-stick pan from a supermarket and found out the hard way that it's really more a all-your-food-will-get-stuck pan. 

So imagine my amazement when I first used the Tefal pan. It's like cue bright light shining from above and the sound of angels singing in the background. 

It's seriously NON-stick. Not at all. Zilch. The food slides off the pan so easily and smoothly. Even the sauces too. You can wipe the sauces off with a paper towel and wash it so damn quickly and easily. That, and how you save your time, water and detergent, totally make every cent you spent on the pan extremely worth it. Plus, it's made in France. To us, that's another assurance, besides the good reputation, that we wouldn't be eating harmful chemicals after cooking with the pan. 

In this case, it's definitely more worth it to spend a little more on products that work as well as they claim to, and would last a longer period of time. 

p.s.: The red dot in the middle of the pan really changes colour as the pan heats up! :D

Yea. I guess that concludes this post. Just something that I wanted to share with everyone. Perhaps this will help you to see things in another light and change your decision-making process in purchasing stuff forever! :P

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