I have read this thread with great interest. I too have fallen victim to "what a great price" on some item only have to replace it with a quality item. So who is the greater fool...
I encourage everyone to read a great book on the "cheap" culture that has become dominate in our world. In the US, Walmart, most auto parts stores, many chains like Harbor Freight (great name) and others have been selling absolute junk yet constantly advertising "made in America" - lies upon lies. As American become dumber and dumber (low IQ families have twice as many children as high IQ families) marketing efforts are pushing low cost over value.
The book was given to me by a good friend and I am forever grateful. I have never, ever bought anything from China, Brazil, or even some American companies after reading this book.
Cheap, the High Cost of Discount Culture
Ellen Ruppel Shell
You will be amazed as what the author has uncovered and hopefully you too will not buy any junk ever again. But most importantly, you must spread the word or we will all suffer the fate of nothing but junk available to purchase. Companies will only produce what they can sell. We must take back our culture that used to shun and laugh at cheap - and valued and commended those that bought high quality. Since reading this book, I have never stepped foot into the local Walmart Store -I will drive an hour to a store that sells quality - or purchase from Europe online. It takes extra effort but the payback is huge.
Thank you for your time.
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