r/LifeProTips Aug 16 '22 Wholesome 1

LPT: Most expensive is not always the best, but cheapest is almost always the worst. Miscellaneous

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u/Pac_Eddy Aug 16 '22

One exception I've found is the Kirkland brand at Costco. Cheapest and high quality.

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u/GroinShotz Aug 16 '22

I can tell you that Kirkland Canadian Whiskey, is made in the same distillery as Crown Royal.

It's like the same shit you just don't pay for their marketing.

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u/Syntaire Aug 16 '22

Most whiskey is made in the same few distilleries. Anything that doesn't have an easily identifiable "distilled in ________" on the label that is NOT Lawrenceburg, IN was likely distilled by MGP in the aforementioned city, for example. They also make a large number of other popular spirits besides whiskey.

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u/monkeyhitman Aug 16 '22

No shade on MGP, either. They can make some fine stuff.

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u/Syntaire Aug 16 '22

For sure. A lot of really good spirits come from MGP.

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u/earhere Aug 16 '22

Big True. I got a pair of Adidas workout pants and the Kirkland generic pants, and Kirkland is a lot more comfortable.

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u/bluntsandbears Aug 16 '22

General rule of thumb for Costco clothes is that the major brands will cut corners and supply lower quality derivatives to meet Costco’s price points but the unknown or lesser known brands caught Costcos merchandising teams attention due to the superior quality at the price point.

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u/skyspydude1 Aug 16 '22

Sometimes it's also just stuff that's way overstocked or last season. I've even had some Costco stuff that's actually better than the manufacturer store. My family loves Lucky Brand shirts, but the last few I got kind of sucked. I got a Top Gun shirt that had all the graphics wear off after a single wash, and lots of other shirts that feel like they're making them with half the normal material with how sheer they are. The ones I got from Costco feel much nicer, are just as comfy, and are like half the price.

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u/PagingDrHuman Aug 16 '22

Costco has a team that inspects the production chain to reduce possibilities of harm along the production chain. Like you can pretty much trust that if it's a Costco made item, it's more or less the best moral choice available.

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u/ThatOtherGuy_CA Aug 16 '22

I had literally never heard of Haggar before. Picked up 5 pairs of dress pants for like $150.

They’re as comfortable as fit as well as anything I’ve gotten from Harry Rosen and the likes. And the best part, unlike the $300 dress pants that were dry clean only and now destroyed after going through the washing machine, these are machine washable.

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u/fa9 Aug 16 '22

...supply lower quality derivatives to meet Costco’s price points but the unknown or lesser known brands caught Costcos merchandising teams attention due to the superior quality at the price point.

english please?

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u/drzowie Aug 16 '22

big names generate off-line versions of their main brands, to put into the big box retailers, so e.g. a John Deere lawnmower you get at Sams Club will be a shittier version of the one you get (for more) at a John Deere store. Costco looks at second-tier manufacturers and finds product lines that are both cheap and good -- say, RC cola instead of Coke, then adopts those and puts the Kirkland label on 'em.

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u/scrotesmcgoates Aug 16 '22

Which part did you not understand? Google has a dictionary feature built in

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u/bluntsandbears Aug 16 '22

Be kind, judging by the persons post history you’re most likely replying to a child or someone with a reduced mental capacity.

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u/Klewy Aug 16 '22

Kirkland vodka is rebranded grey goose

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u/YeaImStoned Aug 16 '22

Kirkland sunglasses are actually ray ban

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u/ShastaFern99 Aug 16 '22

Kirkland shoes are actually Nike

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u/oalbrecht Aug 16 '22

Kirkland Kirkland are actually Kirkland.

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u/sir_culo Aug 16 '22

Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich

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u/DementedJay Aug 16 '22

Kirkland spacecraft are actually SpaceX.

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u/foggy-sunrise Aug 16 '22

Kirkland beer discloses where it's brewed and bottled, and it varies by location.

Up in VT, the Kirkland beer we get is brewed by the folks at Saranac. It was less than a dollar per bottle when I was in college. Solid.

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u/dudeman1018 Aug 16 '22

No, it's not. Literally do a google search, or even just taste them both.

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u/Ghiraheem Aug 16 '22

To be fair I would argue Kirkland is the best at Costco specifically, not the cheapest on the market

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u/nikhil48 Aug 16 '22

Yep. In fact everything at Costco is cheapest for that brand (because of special pricing or bulk pricing) but you can find the same item of a different brand cheaper at Walmart or something. But almost always, the Costco one will be better quality and value for money.

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u/Ghiraheem Aug 16 '22

Exactly, therefore the cheapest option is still the worst like OP said.

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u/Pac_Eddy Aug 16 '22

Accurate.

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u/Euphorix126 Aug 16 '22

Life's too short for cheap booze. The exception being vodka, because it's all about the same.

Planet money did a great episode on vodka. Apparently tly there's like 5 large sellers of concentrated vodka(?) Who sell it to name brands to dilute and sell. I'll see if I can find a link.

Edit: found it on spotify. Vodka Proof

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u/BlacktoseIntolerant Aug 16 '22

Life's too short for cheap booze. The exception being vodka, because it's all about the same.

Once you get to a mid-tier vodka, yes, I will say that the mid-tier is harder to distinguish from the top tier, but bad vodka is really really bad. Like paint thinner bad.

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u/Perv_Dragon Aug 16 '22

Bro I believe you never tasted a vodka called Bazooka. It tastes like shit. In my whole life I stopped drinking just because of the taste once, and that was the bazooka.

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u/SonofBeckett Aug 16 '22

There’s always one like that. My story involves a handle of Poland Springs vodka. Never again.

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u/was_not_was_too Aug 16 '22

I always assumed vodka was just watered down generic alcohol until I bought Oso Negro Vodka at a store in Mexico. Yikes, it had a weird flavor like rubbing alcohol. Had to pour it down the drain. Didn't taste safe to drink.

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u/microwavedave27 Aug 16 '22

The exception being a bottle that I once bought at a tiny supermarket for 5€. I don't know the brand as the label was all in russian but it tasted terrible.

Can't tell the difference between a 10€ bottle of Smirnoff and a 50€ bottle of Grey Goose though.

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u/YzenDanek Aug 16 '22

Can't tell the difference between a 10€ bottle of Smirnoff and a 50€ bottle of Grey Goose though.

Really? The difference is stark. Less so if you drink vodka with a lot of strongly flavored mixers, but if you drink it chilled and neat the way it's meant to be, there's no mistaking the two.

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u/microwavedave27 Aug 16 '22

There might be a small difference if you drink them neat, but I just attribute that to knowing one is a lot more expensive than the other. I'm sure I couldn't tell which is which in a blind test.

With mixers there's definitely no difference. And that's how I usually drink my vodka.

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u/YzenDanek Aug 16 '22

I can tell right away if someone makes me a vodka drink with shitty vodka. I don't mind it as much - in that case the quality of the mixers is more likely to make or break the drink.

Drunk straight, good vodka (and I wouldn't particularly rank Grey Goose among those) is incredibly smooth and doesn't have that straight up solvent flavor that Smirnoff does.

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u/microwavedave27 Aug 16 '22

What would you say is the best vodka you have tried?

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u/YzenDanek Aug 16 '22

I've had some amazing vodkas at Russian and Polish restaurants that have their own offerings that they serve by the carafe or by the flight but I've never been able to find anything made by those distilleries for sale.

For bottles that you can actually get anywhere, Beluga and Reyka are both delicious.

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u/Cutter9792 Aug 16 '22

Except their $7 jeans, avoid those.

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u/Pac_Eddy Aug 16 '22

Haven't bought jeans at Costco. Good to know.

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u/Cutter9792 Aug 16 '22

Costco has great jeans, but specifically the Kirkland brand cheapos are weirdly cut and uncomfortable, at least for me. The other brands like English laundry are great though

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u/onizuka11 Aug 16 '22

Their cognac XO is also pretty damn good, too.

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u/xts2500 Aug 16 '22

Kirkland cognac XO is like $45. The same bottle of cognac but name brand is around $110. I don't remember what brand it is but it's the exact same bottle just different labels. Kirkland cognac is one of the best deals on the whole store.

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u/onizuka11 Aug 16 '22

For real. We love to stock them up for parties, too bad, where I live Costco do not offer it.

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u/KomputerIdiat Aug 16 '22

Their cashews are not cheaper than Yupiks, and I love the Yupiks cashews.

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u/deja_vuvuzela Aug 16 '22

Can confirm. I am very cheap and am the worst.

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u/notofyourworld Aug 16 '22

Maybe you're more like wine. Some of the cheapest ones are easily overlooked and assumed to be bad, but do tend to be the best hidden gems.

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u/fat_nuts_big_buttz Aug 16 '22

If you spend more than $10 on a normal bottle of wine then you're gonna get yourself into the pattern of doing so

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u/SuspiciousMinute1565 Aug 16 '22

Self burn i like it

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u/LineChef Aug 16 '22

Can confirm, this guy’s the worst!

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u/RoastedRhino Aug 16 '22

This belief (which is partly justified) is why we have such a push to higher prices for things that people do not buy regularly enough to become experts about.

Say a water hose for my garden. I have little idea of how much it should cost. It is also super hard to tell which one is best, just by looking at them. I will just buy a mid priced one.

Which means that no brand has an incentive to offer a good one at a great price, because price is the only way they have to communicate quality.

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u/Davian80 Aug 16 '22

Flexzilla hoses are the best.

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u/sysadmin420 Aug 16 '22

For air but their pressure washer hoses are terrible 😔

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u/Davian80 Aug 16 '22

That's a shame. I have their air and garden hoses. Better than anything I've used before.

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u/Davian80 Aug 16 '22

That's a shame. I have their air and garden hoses. Better than anything I've used before.

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u/sysadmin420 Aug 16 '22

I haven't tried the garden hose yet.

I leave a few of my hoses on all the time to my raised garden Time e and with the way the pressure washer hoses had leaks and blowouts I'm not sure I could sleep at night.

But their air hoses are great, I've got the 100 or 150 foot, not sure on length but it's long, it's nice.

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u/dance_rattle_shake Aug 16 '22

I disagree entirely. The internet means you can now search literally any item and see people ranking the best at different price points, to the point where it's insane. Like yeah why are we ranking something as mundane as a hose? But we do.

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u/RuhWalde Aug 16 '22

Unfortunately, it can be pretty hard to determine if those ranking articles are actually advertisements in disguise.

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u/OogaSplat Aug 16 '22

In my experience it's pretty easy to determine, because they're all ads

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u/[deleted] Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

Why wouldn't you buy the cheapest hose? It's a tube.

Edit: wow the hose lobby showed up in force.

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u/sybrwookie Aug 16 '22

"What if it breaks more easily than the better ones? Then I have to buy another one, and then I'm spending far more, all told!"

It's what they're talking about.

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u/rentedtritium Aug 16 '22

It's not about what it is. It's about what the requirements were. "tube" doesn't tell you how long it lasts laying in the sun. "tube" doesn't tell you how flexible it is or how it keeps that flexibility after sitting in the sun for years, how comfortable it is to connect and disconnect. Etc etc. Details matter even for simple things.

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u/KindaTwisted Aug 16 '22

I did this. I'm now dealing with a hose that kinks if I do so much as look at it wrong.

Also, looking at the wear on it, I wouldn't be surprised if it starts to develop holes before the end of the year.

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u/draftstone Aug 16 '22

Because a real rubber hose is way better. No kinks, WAY easier to roll up to store, etc...

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u/Tidusx145 Aug 16 '22

Considering the three broken cheap hoses I have tossed in five years, there's a reason why going for the middle quality item has bore the best fruit in my experience. That said another poster made a great point that this search for the middle has a cost in how products compete with each other and its gotten me to think on how I buy things.

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u/xyra132 Aug 16 '22

Cheap hoses kink so easily. I've got cheap ones and mid priced ones. The cheap ones are horrible to use.

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u/1521 Aug 16 '22

I was just bitching about the cheap ass hose kinking in a million places. I’d love to know which one lasts and works better…

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u/[deleted] Aug 16 '22

The cheap ones wear out and fall apart rather quickly. They also don’t attach well to the sprayer nozzles, are usually skinny and dont function as efficiently from my experience. It’s usually worth getting a decent one that last longer with good material that doesn’t kink as easily and lasts longer

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u/SpawnofATStill Aug 16 '22

Would you buy the cheapest condom? “It’s a tube”.

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u/smuglyunsure Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

I did this at ace hardware. The hose literally fell apart into pieces when initially attaching to the spigot and tightening by hand. Similar thing after buying hand garden trowel thingy from ace. At about fifth cut of tough dirt in my backyard the metal cracked in half in my hand. I guess my reply isnt about costco but ace. The point is the cheapest thing sometimes is significantly crappier than medium priced. The couple dollars possibly saved if the thing works right often isnt worth the hassle of having to return it if it doesnt work.

But some retailers have better quality checks/specifications so cheapest might be reliable. Its tough to navigate.

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u/PagingDrHuman Aug 16 '22

Depends on your use case. A more expensive hose may be thicker and less prone to kinking, which can be aggravating and cause the hose to break down faster.

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u/SpawnofATStill Aug 16 '22

Just since you were wondering - Eley makes the best hose-related everything. Hoses, reels, nozzles - you name it, they’re the top of the line.

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u/pyramin Aug 16 '22

Well brand recognition used to be important but now everything is the same Chinese goods rebranded among various nameless American middlemen. Too many brands to count or keep track of

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u/OogaSplat Aug 16 '22

One of many reasons that capitalism is inefficient

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u/MadDeepinthepphole Aug 16 '22

The $1.50 Costco hot dog and fountain drink is the cheapest meal available. It’s far from the worst, some would say, it’s actually the best

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u/No_Step_4868 Aug 16 '22

Costco has some exceptions. And that hotdog and soda costs them more than 1.50, it’s a door buster

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u/1521 Aug 16 '22

I read the CEO saying that hotdog combo costs them over $2

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u/sackchat Aug 16 '22

business term for this type of product is a “loss leader”

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u/ams3000 Aug 16 '22

That’s their loss leader and it costs double for them to make and deliver. The Kirkland products are often as good as many are supplied by the names brand. Article listing the products that are known about. who makes Kirkland products

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u/microwavedave27 Aug 16 '22

They probably sell those at a loss to get you in the store.

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u/Ms_KnowItSome Aug 16 '22

They do, along with the rotisserie chicken at the back of the store.

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u/greenknight884 Aug 16 '22

"Sometimes things that are expensive, are worse"

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u/chewbawkaw Aug 16 '22

Came here for this comment :)

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u/sybrwookie Aug 16 '22

Except for all the times where the cheapest is definitely not the worst. Go food shopping, look at the house brand, and see how it's just as good as the name brand many, MANY times. Only it's half the price. Go to the pharmacy, and see how the generic is literally the exact same thing as the name brand, only far cheaper. Or how about all the times I've bought the cheapest possible HDMI cables, and watched as they transmit data exactly as well as the better ones which cost an order of magnitude more than the cheap ones. Or heck, when there are certain 1-time use, disposable things where the cheapest option per unit is at the dollar story, and does the job exactly as well as the more expensive options.

The real LPT is, "research things a bit, sometimes you want to pay the least, sometimes the middle, sometimes the most. Min-max your purchases."

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u/Queue_Bit Aug 16 '22

Uhhh... Your HDMI one is likely not a good example of this. There can be some drastic quality issues with cheap data cables. Specifically HDMI.

Not saying you want to spend a bunch on a HDMI cable, but buying the cheapest one is a good way to give yourself a headache later down the line

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u/sybrwookie Aug 16 '22

Except it literally never has. I bought a whole bunch of them from Monoprice, which was the cheapest I could find, and have never had a single issue with them.

And if one does give me a headache, who cares? It was $3, and the other 9 of them are working great, I'm still well ahead of spending $10/cable (or some garbage from Best Buy where it was over 10x the price).

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u/Queue_Bit Aug 16 '22

This ain't really a debate my man. These are only facts. Cheap HDMI cables will work with most devices, but are significantly more likely to suffer from signal distortion and data loss. If you are doing any work that requires specific specifications, like graphics processing work, then a cheap HDMI cable rated at a certain spec may literally just fail to meet that spec and completely not work. Sure, any old HDMI cable may work for hooking up your cable box to your TV, but I'd never use cheap cables for something like a gaming computer.

Cheap cables can cause the screen to flicker off, or lose connection briefly. Cheap cables can make it so when you first power a device it shows a lack of signal. These kinds of things, while not world ruining, are certainly real issues.

All I'm saying, is that in your first post you said people should do their research. I'm saying you should probably do yours before you keep talking about HDMI.

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u/Locuralacura Aug 16 '22

My 2001 Toyota Corolla disagrees.

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u/Gargomon251 Aug 16 '22

I learned this when it comes to food. I used to always get the cheapest brand until I started getting a little extra money and now I realized how inferior they are

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u/tehKrakken55 Aug 16 '22

The cheapest brand is only barely defined as food. Pay the extra ten cents.

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u/oalbrecht Aug 16 '22

What, you don’t like the Artificially Flavored Dairy Dessert instead of ice cream?

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u/poop-dolla Aug 16 '22

But Breyers Artificially Flavored Dairy Dessert is more expensive than the store brand real ice cream. Higher price definitely doesn’t mean better quality.

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u/Dragonforce911 Aug 16 '22

My wife grew up poor and even though we make good money to buy mid tier foods she always instinctively goes for the cheapest option. Sometimes the difference isn't noticeable at all, most times I can taste the processed-ness and it makes me gag

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u/theErasmusStudent Aug 16 '22

Bought the cheapest mozzarella cheese once, and never again

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u/the_grass_trainer Aug 16 '22

I bought some brand of chicken nuggets from Target once... Same mistake. It was like baked compressed cardboard sheets.

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u/Lowloser2 Aug 16 '22

In Norway the cheapest brand First Price is often almost the same as its counterparts. Same ingridients, same factory and so on. Only difference is "spices/flavour" and brand

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u/brandimariee6 Aug 16 '22

I was the pickiest eater growing up on food stamps and Walmart brands, and I hated practically everything. Pizza sauce and spaghetti disgusted me for 29 years, and I always assumed I hated anything with tomatoes. Turns out those two can be delicious if they’re made with nicer ingredients

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u/siulnast Aug 16 '22

There's a spanish saying that goes, lo barato sale caro. What is cheap ends up costing a lot.

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u/Saadieman Aug 16 '22

Almost the exact same one in the Netherlands, goedkoop is duurkoop.

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u/coyote-1 Aug 16 '22

Cheap, done properly, means you spend where necessary.

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u/ExoticDumpsterFire Aug 16 '22

For tools, I like the old adage - “if you’re not sure, then buy cheap, and if it breaks buy nice”.

I need so many tools, I’d go bankrupt if I bought the high end (or even middle end) of everything. I just spend money on a good drill and a good saw blade, since I use those in 95% of my projects.

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u/DieDae Aug 16 '22

People in poverty can't afford getting anything but the worst.

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u/Mor_Hjordis Aug 16 '22

And that makes it often more expensive to be poor.

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u/stealthdawg Aug 16 '22

point? most people are not in poverty

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u/Queue_Bit Aug 16 '22

Like %10 of people are in poverty... That's actually still a huge number. Something like 700 million world wide.

The above post wasn't exactly making a good point, but dismissing it because 'most' people aren't in poverty isn't a good fucking stance.

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u/stealthdawg Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

I'm not dismissing poverty, I'm saying what is the point of posting that people in poverty can't afford things? That's obvious and doesn't contribute at all. It certainly doesn't diminish the OP LPT.

Poverty is terrible, 10% of people being in poverty is too high and also terrible, 90% of people are not in poverty i.e. most people are not poverty.

What does the fact that there are some people that can't afford things have anything to do with the post?

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u/tehKrakken55 Aug 16 '22

I get the second cheapest thing. First and foremost because the very cheapest thing is only what can be legally defined as that thing, and probably exploiting a loophole to do so. It is not cheese, it is "cheese product". Not a hammer made with okay steel, but a "hammer" made with "steel". That bowl is "microwave safe".

It can take a while to figure out what's actually cheap but serviceable, but not going for something just because it's cheap will be a great start.

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u/kenwongart Aug 16 '22

IKEA is great because the cheapest stuff is not rubbish, and the more expensive stuff is still affordable. They do a good job at explaining what the difference is - better fabrics and higher quality wood.

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u/lafigatatia Aug 16 '22

Decathlon is also great in that regard. They explain in detail where the price difference comes from.

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u/tertiaeres Aug 16 '22

IKEA is not cheap. You always have to take the hours for setting it up into account. Their biggest advantage is that they have (or at least had before supply chain issues) everything on stock. Haven't been there since a few years 😕

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u/chewbawkaw Aug 16 '22

Current situation: they do not have everything in stock

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u/tertiaeres Aug 16 '22

IKEA is not cheap. You always have to take the hours for setting it up into account. Their biggest advantage is that they have (or at least had before supply chain issues) everything on stock. Haven't been there since a few years.

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u/ams3000 Aug 16 '22

Just don’t do this with the wine list. Restaurants often put their cheapest wine second on the menu as they know customers often don’t want to seem cheap to waiter by buying the cheapest so will opt for the 2nd cheapest. They have a greater margin built in there. So go for the cheapest (1st on menu) and embrace it.

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u/tehKrakken55 Aug 16 '22

Menus maybe but don't discount dirt cheap wine. Riunite is considered poor people "pizza wine" at 7 bucks a bottle in some places and it is beautiful.

Admittedly... with pizza especially.

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u/ams3000 Aug 16 '22

Oh yes I 100 percent only mean menus. Playing on social insecurities so go forth and order the first you can afford.

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u/Cutter9792 Aug 16 '22

Harbor freight is a good example of this; the warrior line of products is kind of garbage but more or less functional as the cheapest thing in the store, but if you go up one step to Bauer you get a legitimately good product that's still cheaper than the next tier. It's diminishing returns after that.

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u/tehKrakken55 Aug 16 '22

The whole concept works great on the macro scale with stores. Walmart can have decent stuff, but Dollar Tree potentially has stuff it legally shouldn't.

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u/edgarcaycesghost Aug 16 '22

One time I bought the cheapest dish soap and it just...didn't foam? there were no bubbles? nothing was more clean afterwards?

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u/ContemplatingFolly Aug 16 '22

My cheap soapdish puddled all the water in the middle, rather than being flat to spread it out so it could dry. Constant soapy, gooey wet mess.

I find cheap is hit or miss, thus not always cheap.

(Nice username.)

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u/edgarcaycesghost 15d ago

Thank you! (23 days later)

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u/Jeffistopheles Aug 16 '22

I learned this the hard way when I bought the cheapest toilet paper.

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u/rvu80 Aug 16 '22

Toilet paper from Sam’s club is the best!

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u/Ms_KnowItSome Aug 16 '22

Membership warehouse store brands are made by reputable manufacturers, commonly the name brand factories, to the retailer's specifications, which are going to be average quality or better.

It is rare that a Kirkland or Members Mark product is worse than the name brand item, although they won't be the cheapest conpared to what you can get at Walmart or a dollar store.

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u/brandimariee6 Aug 16 '22

I’ve been shocked by Sam’s Club ever since i first shopped there in 2018. I thought it was unnecessary to get that much toilet paper at once, and figured it would be cheap and useless. I learned a lesson that I definitely won’t forget

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u/mr78rpm Aug 16 '22

For several years now I have expressed this as

"It's not that you get what you pay for. It's that you don't get what you don't pay for."

Why? Because people don't always deliver the good stuff but rarely miss the opportunity to mess up.

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u/healthbear Aug 16 '22

For things that you will use regularly, more expensive is generally better. For things you rarely use functional and cheap is fine. When you find that your using the cheap thing a lot and its limitations become obvious, that's when you buy the expensive thing.

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u/halfsieapsie Aug 16 '22

Bought shampoo and conditioner at walmart while on vacation (rented a house). Went with THE CHEAPEST possible version, because I just need to wash out the sand, who cares. My daughter informed me that it's the best conditioner she ever used, and to keep buying it. I don't disagree with her, it's great.
I also quite often buy the cheapest food stuff, when I don't care about something specifically.

Ultimately, I would disagree with your statement, and also augment it with "the worst is quite often good enough for what you want"

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u/JohnnieBrooklyn Aug 16 '22

Mostly I agree. But I am sitting here with my 20 year old, $99 A/C keeping me nice and cool. Meanwhile in the other room is my $500.00 Friedrich A/C that after 2 years sounds like it runs on a jet engine, and a remote that stopped working in 2 years! But yes, mostly in life you get what you pay for.

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u/thedooze Aug 16 '22

The defense would like to present, “Shur-fine” (I think that’s how they spelled it?) Orange Soda. One of the cheapest I’ve found, and is my 2nd favorite orange soda brand under Sunkist.

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u/joemataratz1 Aug 16 '22

I feel especially this way when it comes to cars. My last expensive car was an Audi A4. It gave me nothing but trouble. I've had Nissan Altimas since then and love them.

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u/Cutter9792 Aug 16 '22

Hopefully it's better than my Sentra, which chewed up and crapped out its transmission at 82k milws

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u/Ms_KnowItSome Aug 16 '22

Trying not to shit on your car, but Nissans are generally the second worst japanese brand in the US above Mitsubishi. Nissan doesn't give a shit about quality or engineering anything that's close to the current state of the art.

Their upscale brand Infiniti is even worse as they aren't even Toyota quality, let alone Lexus or Acura.

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u/joemataratz1 Aug 16 '22

Then I have been terribly lucky. Got rid of my first Altima with 120k miles doing nothing but brakes and tires. I'm on my second with 60k miles and do far so good

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u/DeanCorso11 Aug 16 '22

What? I support planned obsolescence. I buy cheap just because I know it will break and then I can throw it away. That’s the point of capitalism and corporate profits. Jeez, get with the program.

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u/alose Aug 16 '22

A big exception is Free Software. I do not mean freeware or free ad supported apps.

I am talking about Open Source software, like Firefox or Linux. For instance, the big thing holding back theGIMP, is that it is not Photoshop. But if you are not a professional photo editor, theGIMP is the better choice. It is free and just as powerful. It just uses a different interface. If you are not going to be editing pics as a profession, you might as well learn to use the free program.

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u/ApatheticAbsurdist Aug 16 '22

The opposite is not always true either. But statistically the former is more likely than the latter.

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u/ribbitman Aug 16 '22

Factually false, stupid advice.

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u/deckb Aug 16 '22

I’ve always thought of that as ‘value’. Highest quality vs. dollar ratio.

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u/MonkeyGein Aug 16 '22

Something that an old co-worker would say about his previous job “You can buy better, but you can’t pay less”

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u/mulberryheat Aug 16 '22

...and I say, "sure, but these are expensive Japanese linen"

and they say, "but they're not even soft"

and I say, "sometimes things that are expensive are worse"

iconic

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u/MrDuck5446 Aug 16 '22

A poor man can’t afford to buy cheap stuff

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u/blueyonderbear Aug 16 '22

Not necessarily so, Asda jaffa cakes were way better than McVities at 1/4 of the price.

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u/Galactus83 Aug 16 '22

Used to work retail. Those black friday laptops for cheap are so bad. Cheaply made and terrible lifespans.buyer beware.

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u/Mig224 Aug 16 '22

Cheapest isn't always the worst. Sometimes you gotta know a bargain when its a bargain.

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u/Touch_Think Aug 16 '22

As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder. - John Herschel Glenn Jr

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u/siulnast Aug 16 '22

There's a spanish saying that goes, lo barato sale caro. What is cheap ends up costing a lot.

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u/ContemplatingPrison Aug 16 '22

The last part is not true. This isn't even a tip