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Does Expensive Equal Good?


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bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I think LVs are ripoffs ... the bag feels cheap.
leanbean leanbean 9 years
In today's world of luxury goods, expensive does not equal good. I recommend reading "Deluxe: How Luxury Lost it's Luster" if you would like to learn about the other side of luxury fashion you don't normally hear about.
ritaw ritaw 9 years
It really depends now...especially with a lot of brand names nowadays they don't even have their own factories any more, they move the main factories to other countries to lower the cost, sometimes those products are only selling for the brands, doesn't necessarily catering good quality. LV for example, their bags are made by plastic, but their cheaper range are still $500~$900, which in the same time you can get anything with not so well known brand with something decent with the same price.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
I just bought a fab knock off Chanel bag... well according to the lady who sold it to me its 100 authentic... but I know better and for $50 its obviously not... but hey its real leather and is cute as hell... so I'm not complaining... and from 6 feet away its REAL! haha
OliveBlack OliveBlack 9 years
Nope, expensive just equals your customer paying for your advertising and retail spaces. Quality is the most important thing, and that can be found at all price points.
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
I am a serious bargain shopper! I have some amazing pieces that I paid practically nothing for and have lasted passed a pair of jeans that cost more than $319. It's terrible.
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
Sometimes but expensive doesn't always mean quality. Ever hear of scams???
tiabia tiabia 9 years
creamytofu, that's not always true. I was at Louis Vuitton looking at the Mini Monogram Lin Speedy 30 and was told that Louis Vuitton will repair some parts of the bag, but that if the linen exterior were to catch and run, they are NOT going to cover that. And that was a big reason I did NOT purchase that bag!!!
creamytofu creamytofu 9 years
the extra money adds as extra insurance, if it does malfunction they fix it for free.
NinaG NinaG 9 years
I would say sometimes you can definitely understand why some items cost more: because they are just better quality (I am thinking of diapers and baby items here, also some food.) This does not really apply to clothes tho. I think brand names are really taking advantage... who can afford to pay 3 figures for a T-shirt????? But saying that, someone out there must buy it, otherwise they wouldn't be charging these prices.
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 9 years
it depends on the item... like bags or shoes. but some are just plain ridiculously overpriced just because it is branded.
lbg1821 lbg1821 9 years
I have a Marc Jacobs bag the broke after 7 months of use. Although, I have to say I don't "baby" my bags at ALL. Anyway, I think it's all relative. Chanel bags have been recalled due to quality. i.e. Gold Chanel luxe ligne I believe was recalled because some of the bags eroded or flecked off.
vanilla19 vanilla19 9 years
I've walked through Urban Outfitters(though it's not extremely expensive, it's still spendy) and seen things hanging on the racks with holes in them. My shirts from Forever 21 have lasted longer than shirts from other stores.
Marci Marci 9 years
Good catch, KrisSugr! :D It really does depend on the item. You can tell quality when you see it and it doesn't always have THE most expensive price tag on it.
paine paine 9 years
lmao krisugar. yeah sometimes, It all depends on the item.
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
my boyfriend read this: "does expensive equal good? no. it equals bad" i like to have some expensive items, but it has to be something special and that i would use. it's worthless for me to pay a lot of money for something i would never use, so i own a lot of cheap jewelry that i only wear from time to time. but my signature necklace is marc jacobs.
girllovewarrior girllovewarrior 9 years
Of course not. Two words; Nouveau Riche. Having said that, I must add that I have noticed that during my life, I have certain items, like precious really really expensive shoes and beautiful bags and coats from Chanel & Gucci, and they have been going with me for years, the cheap stuff comes and goes quickly, if you add all the cheap stuff up that I bought and if you look at what I am doing with it in comparance to one expensive item, for example the 900 dollar shoes turns out being more worth it than 10 pairs of 90 dollar shoes. I just have certain items that I always end up wearing. So yes in that sense, expensive can be better, but just because something is expensive, doesn´t make it better, for example a Hummer *laughs*
ellebelle ellebelle 9 years
This is a frustrating subject. Yes, I love some of my Target t-shirts, but lately it is difficult to find nice things that don't cost a fortune. No, I don't think you need to buy a $1900 bag because that's ridiculous, but it is frustrating that to find a decent pair of black pants these days, you have to shell out about 200 bucks--even at J. Crew! The cost of items in general has gone up and that is even more frustrating, especially to those of us with small bank accounts. And, yes, I love designer diffusion lines, but, let's face it: some of that Simply Vera stuff was cute, but way too overpriced for what it was--polyester. Ok, I think I've added my 2 cents.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
It all depends on the item. A handbag is definitely worth extra; if you want a quality shoe you have to pay more; is you just want a shoe for trend, I wouldn't pay too much. A classic item that you'll wear often is also worth it (peacoats, trench, black boots, black heels, trousers.) Jeans are a piece that you can go cheap on at times and sometimes it's fun to pay for designer.
LauraRogers LauraRogers 9 years
Good what? Good quality, good design, good relevance to my life? Gotta be more specific, Fab. I guess my answer is good quality=usually, good design=sometimes.
GibsonGIrl GibsonGIrl 9 years
Price does NOT have a direct reflection of quality. There are products in every price range that are beautiful and well made, and products that are shoddily made and will fall apart quickly. It's all about knowing the product and not getting pulled in by advertising and marketing. I just learned a valuable lesson recently that more expensive hair products are definitely not better products. After spending hundreds of dollars on hair repair products to help my brittle breaking hair, i found that the silicone free conditioners such as Suave, White Rain, and Vo5 have transformed my hair at $1 where the $8, $14, $50 products did nothing. This goes for all fields, not just fashion and beauty. For instance, Hondas are known for being a less expensive car brand, but they're also known for lasting a realllly long time. A $4 brie isn't automatically inferior to the $8 one. As a matter of fact, sometimes it's superior. It's all about value as well. I hate to pay retail for anything when I know it's going to go on sale for a fraction of the price in a month. I was able to find a pair of beautiful Italian made leather boots for $4 a few years ago and they still look almost new. When it comes down to it, what's most important is being an informed shopper who knows the value of something when he or she sees it, as well as not letting oneself be overly influenced by marketing.
Lala77 Lala77 9 years
nope, not always :)
LoneWolf LoneWolf 9 years
Which designer made the dress the model is wearing?
girlgreen girlgreen 9 years
good point, looseseal. also, don't bite my hand off!
killitded83 killitded83 9 years
well i dunno... some of my best things are from thrift stores and cheaper places...
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