In yesterday’s post about the rising popularity of Chinese knife brands, there were a few strong comments questioning why someone might spend $100+, $200+, or even more on a folding pocket knife.
As an aside, I forgot all about Kizer, another Chinese brand that’s making themselves known for their great quality.
A little over 4 years ago, I bought a Casio G-Shock Mudman watch for myself. The price has since come down a little, but it’s still a $100+ digital watch.
I liked the G-Shock Mudman’s extra features, and also the look of it. If I’m going to wear a watch, it should appeal to my tastes, and this one does.
Yes, a lesser watch would have kept the time just as good. So why did I spend more that I really needed to?
Why do people buy knives that cost over $50, when a $15 knife might be usable?
Why does anyone buy and use certain pens when a box of 12 BICs would provide all the functionality they need?
The same could be said about food. Why buy ribeye steaks instead of top round? It all ends up the same anyways.
I spend money more cautiously these days, but there are still certain things I’ll save up and spend a little more on.
Some people spend more money on clothes, others on electronics. Or maybe daily use accessories and tools, such as pens, pocket knives, or watches. Or maybe you collect coins or comic books. I know more than one person that collects guns.
You often DO get more for the money, whether in the form of greater functionality, features, quality, aesthetics, or simply in the user experience.
“More” is relative. Years ago, I couldn’t fathom spending $50 on a pocket knife, let alone $75 or $100+.
I know there are some folks who buy $500+ custom knives without blinking, and that’s okay for them. I’m a winning lottery ticket away from that.
So… what do you tend to spend more on? If anything?