Get What You Pay For
You get what you pay for is such a trite phrase, but oh, so true. How many times have we been disappointed with a purchase, citing poor quality and lack of functionality as reasons? This is why we should select only the most ethical companies that stand behind their products. Sadly, there are mighty few of them. How many times have you sent back an item and fail to get a refund? How many times have you complained to no avail? How many times has customer service put you down as a nuisance. We go through life buying our essentials on false premises. But how do you find a quality company. It is not enough for them to just say so. It helps if they have testimonials and letters of recommendation on their website if you can trust their authenticity. It is a hard search indeed to find ethics. If a company has a good reputation, their sales will swell and word will get around. Perhaps that is how you find them.
Such is the case when I needed to buy a good hot tub cover. My friends warned me that they tear and come apart. I know this to be true from experience. I bought a cheap one thinking how bad can it be. Wrong. It can be faulty to the core. Instead, I asked around for an ethical company that I could rely on. I have some family members who own hot tubs and they all are covered with tarp. I took a poll to get the highest rated company I could find. I make it a matter of principle to go with ethics every time. You save yourself a lot of grief. I did get lucky and found the perfect vendor. The prices were good and when the item arrived, I was not sorely disappointed as I had been in the past. The cover was perfect and also guaranteed. You know that means they stand behind their product for a full refund. This is not common. I was a very happy buyer. So much so that I decided to write one of those nice letters of recommendation you see on websites. After months of use, there was virtually no wear and tear on the hot tub cover. You can be as aggressive as you like in putting it on or taking it off, and there is no jeopardy to the construction.
Don’t we all wish that our purchases could be this successful. Don’t you wish that all product vendors had ethics ratings? It would make life a lot easier, not to mention your budget. You wouldn’t have to buy anything twice. Let’s make the phrase you get what you pay for meaningful in a positive manner. Let it apply to getting your money’s worth and not that you got stuck with an inferior product. As consumers, let’s wield our powers and make our issues known.