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Who said "cheaper" meant sacrificing quality?
« on: October 31, 2017, 02:23:37 PM »
Who said "cheaper" meant sacrificing quality?

Too often I hear "you get what you pay for."
(Granted,  cheep electrolytic capacitors are near  worthless)

What does it?   When I pay more and get less, how can it be?
Sometimes lower price translates to better.
New designs are often better and lower cost.
Mass produced can be more cost-effective and result in goods that can be repaired.

Think about Eli Whitney.
Eli Whitney, (born December 8, 1765, Westboro, Massachusetts [U.S.]ódied January 8, 1825, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.), American inventor, mechanical engineer, and manufacturer, best remembered as the inventor of the cotton gin but most important for developing the concept of mass production of interchangeable parts.

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What practical examples to do you know about the proves cheaper is not always inferior?    8)         


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Re: Who said "cheaper" meant sacrificing quality?
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2017, 02:48:00 PM »
It depends what "cheaper" is being compared to. There are diminishing returns on both sides of the average.

You can find 99 cent, 5 dollar, and 50 dollar colanders, for example. the 5-dollar colander might be made of stainless steel, be well built, and have a detachable handle; the 99 cent one might be made of brightly coloured ABS plastic that makes it look like a babies teething instrument, and be made from a mould that was clearly overused about 5 million times beyond it's rated useful life, with a handle whose poor moulding digs into your hands. The 50-dollar colander might have some fancy adjustable sizing with a leather handle made of the finest leather from endangered dolphins, and a solid gold rim with accents painted by monks in an isolated monastery in tibet, with a built-in scale to weight it's contents.

the 99 cent is cheaper than the 5 dollar one but it definitely sacrifices quality. the 5 dollar one is cheaper than the 50 dollar one but doesn't sacrifice anything as far as the product's purpose is concerned.

By the by, dollar store eBay web-hosting falls into that 99 cent category.
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Re: Who said "cheaper" meant sacrificing quality?
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2017, 03:31:32 PM »
Yet another great Geek observation...
" Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined. "