Price v. Value
One of the things I really HATE is wastage of any kind. Whether its wasting time, efforts, energy, things, resources, anything, it really annoys me. IMHO wasting something is just another way of disrespecting or disregarding it. And that’s probably the quickest way of losing it.
Even (seemingly) small things like wasting the last bit of food on your plate (this gets me seething), or the last few pages of a note book, showing up late to a pre-scheduled meeting (wasting time), worrying about things that are out of your control (wasting energy), anything really.
I don’t really know when I started thinking and paying attention to this, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve observed these things around me, and tried to be more mindful.
This same sentiment was evoked recently when I had to buy a phone case for my phone. As someone who keeps dropping my phone (poor thing), phone cases are more of a necessity rather than just a cute accessory. So when I was out shopping at a popular fast-fashion store, I saw this clear case with unicorns, and instantly loved it, and picked it up without a second thought. It was only when I got home and took it out of the package that I realized that its a soft case which barely covers my phone, and provided absolutely no grip (disastrous for me, Ms. butterfingers). Then I went online and searched specifically for the brand of case which I’ve been using for the last year (which needed replacing because of the multiple falls it had endured). The point is – the price of this case was 5X the price of the Unicorn case. Accordingly the quality of both products also varied. The lesson – You get what you pay for was heavily reinforced – and I couldn’t help but take a closer look at practically everything I own from this perspective and think of how many of these “inexpensive” alternatives I’ve bough over the last few years, and had to replace them almost immediately and spent close to 5X amount of time and most importantly efforts.
Sometimes its easy (and human) to make choices based on the price tag, because we often don’t think in terms of value or quality. After all we live in a world where one of most used (and most successful) marketing campaign is to call something “inexpensive” or offer heavy “discounts” (don’t even get me started about this). Consumerism has left us almost desensitized to aspect like durability, quality, etc., when buying something. And lets not forget the biggest oxymoron of using the phrase “value for money” for cheaply made items.
For me, this whole Price v. Value question was a real eye-opener, and naturally I had to share it here.
Peace & Love