Ellen Ruppel Shell’s book called Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture, caught my intrest recently.
Too often in my work I have heard customers comment how they just bought to have something or it was such a good deal. Is it a good deal when sofa cushions go flat within a year or you cannot turn the cushion over to get more even and longer wear? A good upholstery fabric will last for years and a quality frame can hold up for generations.
Selecting building materials can have similar consequences. It can take a lot of patience and knowledge to make the right purchases.Installation cost are the same, why not take a little more time to select the materials correct the first time? Letting price be the deciding factor can backfire in many ways. Worst of all living with products that are less pleasing or having to tear up everything and start over.
A good deal in my opinion is when you divide the cost of the product by the years you own it ; the lower the number the better purchase it was originally. A professional interior designer can help you make the right selections and help you save money in the long run.
|Sold as leather chairs, but they are Bonded leather, not real.|