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My $380 shoes and why American manufacturing may not be dead




Recently, seemingly against all logic and reason, I purchased a pair of $380 shoes.  I had a gift certificate which helped a little, and I purchased them in tax free New Hampshire which helped a little more.  But the brunt of this purchase was taken by yours truly.  Now here’s the sentence you didn’t expect: these shoes were a tremendous value.


Those of you who know me personally know I have no fashion sense whatsoever.  I cannot recognize which brand names are in or out and I am usually a decade away from whatever is hip.  So why such a purchase?  One word:  quality.


I realize you think the shoe salesman took old Pete for a Kansas City Shuffle, tricking me into buying the priciest shoe in the store.  (It was actually the third priciest shoe in the store BTW.)  But truly, this brand of shoes will literally last me ten years.  (And since I am always a decade behind in fashion anyway this is the ideal fit for me.)  They’re real leather, hand stitched and most important to the point of this blog, made in the USA. 


Less than a year ago at the same store I purchased a pair of $85 shoes made in another country.  (I won’t say which but you can guess.)  And these “cheaper” shoes are already falling apart.  So you tell me, if I have to buy a new pair of these cheap sleds every year, which pair is really the better deal?


I’ve bought Wal-mart screw drivers and literally bent the metal on them.  Not bent the metal Uri Gellar style, I mean bent the metal trying to turn a screw.  The “price” of the screwdriver was terrific.  But was there any real value when it cannot do the job it was made for?  Ever bought a $65 DVD player that breaks after a 6 months?


America is not going to win in the cheap sandals price war.  But if manufactures can convince consumers that high quality and high price is actually a bargain, American manufacturing has a chance.  It’s not easy, but I hope this blog will help. 


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This article suffers from a very common problem. Whne making the comparison between cheap and quality items. The amount of time that cheap items last is usually far shorter than normal. I am sure there are shoes out there that only last a year, but in my experience they are not the norm. I can buy a pair of $70 shoes and easily get 5 years out of them. So in that case my cheapies are the better deal. The other problem with these articles is that they usually inflate the length of time that the quality ones last. It just sells there ideas better. but even if that is not the case and the shoes will last 15 years, my cheapies still win.

Talking about cheap DVD player that broke in 6 months, we shall aware if we're about to buy a product. In my country, China's product were numerous, offering many supremacy. I ever bought a product and fortunately it last longer than i've expected.

I have to agree completely that you get what you pay for when it comes to buying any item. The cheaper the item the more likely it is to break or not to last as long, for instance. I bought a pair of boots which were £25.00 (which is cheap) the heels broke within 6 months. I bought a pair of boots for £89.00. I have had them 6 years now and they still get compliments and are still going strong.

There are somethings that you can buy which are cheap and they last well, but I would agree with the above comment, when it comes to shoes, you have to opt for the pair that are that little bit more expensive, they last all the more longer, where as cheap shoes tend to break.

We should look for quality but its too much to pay for it. This price and similar in other products are just jumping and making one in a current situation.

I think that your last statement that is what advertisers and other marketers really need to hone in on. The emotional strings of value and a lasting investment can push buyers over the edge and earn you a sale.

i only buy quality items when they are on sale. if you know where to look you can find a sale every day :) i love the internet :D

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