Before I sign off on this weeks newsletter – I wanted to show you this. On Monday night, I put up a post on Facebook with the image above. I took this shot earlier this week at a local free camp area and I wrote something along the lines of: The impact that cheap quality camping gear has on our planet is horrifying – it totally stews me up in the gut! “Do we save a few dollars now on cheap quality items at the expensive of our children’s future?” The post got some really good comments and as you can imagine… they all varied considerably! What really surprised me, was the different things that everyone took out of that short blurb, and I loved that by the way… “Wouldn’t life be boring if we all thought the same?” There was blame on those who rubbished, positive comments on the understanding of value received when quality is purchased and comments quoted around budget determining choice (and many more great individual opinions).
Interestingly I had a mate call me after reading my post and we had a good chat about it (we are in the same industry). He made a couple of interesting remarks, “quality doesn’t necessarily mean expensive – I wonder if people understand this?” He then said something else that struck a real cord with me, “he hates wasting money – rather than buy cheap quality and throw it in the bin, he and his wife always save until they can afford better quality.”
We don’t see that a lot anymore – consumerism has taken over – we really are in a world where many of us have to have it now… and often at any cost. Do we truly understand that cost? What is that cost? Or an even better question to ask – who is to pay for that cost? I guess that if we knew that cost would be given to our future generations (our kids and grandkids), would we keep buying cheap quality and burying it in our earth after little to no use?
I would love to hear your thoughts – let me know what you think below. Before you do, I would love to hear your opinion on this “can we truly afford to buy cheap quality?”