Should You Skimp or Splurge: a Case of Quality Vs. Quantity

There's a big difference of how most people today shop as compared to their parents (or grandparents) - and that difference is quality vs. quantity.

In this interesting article for MSN Money, Emma Johnson takes a look at her wardrobe and wondered why "our forefathers were poorer than we are, and yet they had better stuff, relatively speaking."

But appreciation for quality craftsmanship has been swept aside by freely available consumer credit and high-end design on low-cost merchandise, says Dayana Yochim, personal finance writer at The Motley Fool.

"Credit cards let us instantly satisfy our retail desires," Yochim says. "Our grandparents had to delay that gratification. They figured that if they had to save for it, they'd better get the best they could. Now retailers want to catch that fleeting desire."

This trend has given birth to the "fast fashion" phenomenon, where retailers like H&M and Forever 21 sell runway rip-offs for pennies on the couture dollar, and consumers wear these garments for a single season before replacing them.

If you've bought a lot of cheap junk thinking that you just saved a lot of money, this story is for you: Link - via DonationCoder


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I've tried to steer clear of cheap stuff lately. It's just not worth it. The clothes smell like chemicals (which no amount of washing seems to get out), the shoes give you blisters, and the toys... well, I guess they're okay if you don't mind a bit of heavy metal exposure. I may not have the newest and best of everything, but at least I know that what I do have will last a while... and won't cause me physical harm.
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Blue jeans are a classic example of this.

Remember in the 60s and 70s they would last for years and it was no sin to patch them as they got faded.

Now all jeans look new and are thrown out with any sign of wear. If you want them faded and with holes in them, you buy them that way.

Also T shirts are another example of items that are discarded after any wear
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