Allen Tucker wonders if we should be spending more on things:

When we change your mindset from getting the best deal to getting the best quality, it changes the emphasis from shopping to deciding what’s important. Because we only buy quality, we are forced to wait until we can afford what we really want. That wait time leads to better decisions, and it forces us to make do with what we have.

As I’ve watched more than a few friends comment on this piece, I’m struck by how often it’s being misread. Many seem to think Allen is saying we should buy more expensive things.

That isn’t what he’s saying at all.

The thrust of Allen’s argument is more that we should be ok with spending more; that you “get what you pay for.”

In our collective drive to get the absolute best possible deal on everything, we often overlook the intangibles associated with higher prices. Low-margin products, cut to the bone of any excess, provide little room for craftsmanship or service. Cheap products are often just that – cheap; disposable; built to last just long enough.

This isn’t to say cheap products don’t have their place, or that we should willingly spend whatever the asking price of anything is. Rather, it’s that price should not be the primary concern, with all other intangibles a distant second.