I admit I get a thrill buying vintage. The very fact these treasures are still available, sturdy and in good usable condition is a testament to their being built to last for generations-at least for more than one. Can we say that for most products today? What have you bought which you will be able to keep more than 5 years or even pass on to other family members?

Today, businesses tend to be more profit driven and will sell just about anything as long as the public pays. It appears companies try to earn as much as they can and will deal with the consequences of poor quality some later date (if at all). But why do we continue to pay for disposable crap? 

In the past, people used to repair appliances like vacuum cleaners and even repaired shoes. Now if something breaks, it's easily discarded and replaced with a newer something. On top of that, products come packaged individually or for single-use adding to the amount of daily waste.

I ponder what would happen if instead of simply complaining about sub-standard products and services or adding to the trash heap we refuse to buy from an offending company again. In other words, we put the full value of our hard-earned dollar to its use by buying quality or nothing at all. And don't think by having a name brand on your item it will be a superior product. Maybe it will or won't. The difference may only psychological especially when its primarily the same underpaid people producing both the cheap and expensive goods sold to us.  

So before you buy another vacuum, computer, or even a whisk, consider making quality and longevity factor in your decision.  And when you do decide to buy, keep in mind the following tips to not only help you and other consumers, but also drive companies to producing better products.

 

*Research on the front end. Find out about a company, its practices and products especially if you are planning a major purchase.

*Drop buying poorly made products that have to be replaced often. Invest in brands with proven endurance.

*Leave a review, whether satisfied or not, for other buyers. Be clear about the pros and cons including return policy and customer service.

*If dissatisfied, write a detailed letter to the company explaining the issue. Stick to the facts and include the resolution you seek if any.

*Buy from another company you have researched or heard about through someone you know who is satisfied with their purchase.

*Make or build your own. There is a tutorial or recipe for just about anything.

*Repair what you already own or find a new way to use it.

 

Thanks and happy shopping!

 

Bridgette

Published by Bridgette B.