Cheap Things, Expensive Things, and How to Choose

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I’m Cheap as Heck

Most of us are trying to be responsible with our money. We know we can’t just go out and buy whatever shiny object is advertised during whatever generic sporting event. We’re also skeptical when some rapper shows up on TV telling us to buy $200 headphones with expensive branding. I bet you sit at home seeing ads like that saying “I always thought my $20 headphones were pretty good, I wonder if those are that much better.” Or maybe you’re saying “I’d really like a high quality pair of headphones but I can’t afford that $200 price tag.”

You’re in luck.

What I’m doing here is trying to uncover the hidden gems and expose the myths that marketers and branding consultants are trying to obfuscate. Is there a $20 pair of headphones that matches, or even beats (lol) that $200 pair? Not just with headphones, but are there products hiding all around that give us all the benefits we were asking for without the hype and accompanying price. I’m seeking out those inexpensive alternatives and reviewing them here to pass on money saving ideas to you. That way, you can still enjoy the things you like but save your money for what’s really important; like charity, caring for your family, saving for retirement, getting medical treatment, or the like.

I Value Value

Another thing I’ll be exploring on this website is when the more expensive brand name products are offering a better value than the cheaper ones. An important component to saving money and maximizing your dollar’s potential is buying the right product for the job. For instance, you could buy a $4 hacksaw that will break after one use and cost you another trip to the hardware store, or you could buy a $20 hacksaw with a nice blade that will last 10x as long and save you the gas on all of those trips. Or, with computers, you could buy an inexpensive power supply that wastes electricity and puts your components at risk, or buy the more expensive one with damage safeguards, better efficiency, and a long warranty. You might find that spending the extra $20 now saves you $50-1000 later.

The Point

If we all had perfect information about every product and exactly the product we needed was available to us when we needed it for the right price, there would be no need for a site like this. Unfortunately, the world of global manufacturing and marketing is practically designed to introduce confusion and hardship into the consumer’s decision process. If I can, I will clear some of that fog away for you.

If you have any requests for specific reviews on products, services, or otherwise want to know my thoughts on a subject, send me an email using the contact link and I’ll see what I can do. It may even turn into an article on the site.

About the Author

Jack studied economics at Cleveland State University and has worked in a wide range of fields including retail, government contracting, and engineering. He’s been maximizing the power of his dollars out of necessity and raw cheapness for years.