What ‘Buy For Quality’ Purchases Do You Regret?

What ‘Buy For Quality’ Purchases Do You Regret?

Sometimes it makes sense to spend a little more money on something if it will make your life easier, save time, or last for years. And sometimes buying quality or splurging on an “investment piece” is just a waste of money. What items have you purchased for quality that you regret?

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There’s definitely a case to be made for buying quality. If you buy a $150 pair of boots, you may actually spend less over time than you would on a pair of $30 boots you have to replace annually. However, sometimes buying quality is just a justification to spend money on stuff you don’t need. Plus, just because something is expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s made well. I wrote about a few of my own “buy quality” or “investment piece” regrets, including expensive tees that lasted just as long as cheaper ones. Do you have any of your own “buy quality” spending regrets?

If you’ve ever overspent on quality and regretted it, tell us about it. What did you buy and why wasn’t it worth it? If you like, you can share your lessons learned, too, and tell us what guidelines you use now to figure out when it makes sense to buy quality.


  • Shoes are difficult, you can spend on something ‘fasionable’ which is no more durable than any other brand.
    And most need a Topy or the sole won’t last more than 3 months.

  • A US Robotics 56K modem back in ~1995. $300, probably triple the price of a normal modem. Thought it was free as I could claim it on tax.

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