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Why It Doesn't Pay to Buy Cheap Clothes


Anyone who shops realizes that clothing prices can vary widely.  This is true in the retail and in the corporate world.  In our showroom, for example, we have a wide range of choices for a single garment: the polo.  It starts with what I will call a ‘basic’ polo and progresses in construction and quality, name brands and recognition to what I will call a ‘high-end’ polo.  A customer may hold two polos, one in each hand, and at their first glance the garments appear to have a similar value.  But the price quote they just received belays that there must be something different about the two.  So they ask: “What’s the difference?”

“What’s the difference?”

That’s an excellent and fair question.  Oftentimes the answer is multifaceted, including such things as fabric content, construction, seams, buttons, fabric treatments, and much more.  The logical next question to ask would be: is the higher price worth it?

It’s helpful to consider the end use of a garment when factoring in price.  Is it a t-shirt for a one-time event that likely will never be worn again, or is it a company uniform that will be worn on a weekly or even daily basis?

With this in mind I want to share an excellent article about why cheap clothes are not really cheaper in the long run.  The author explores a basic math equation my mother taught me as a young shopper: cost per wear.  He also spends some time exploring how to determine quality garments versus cheap garments.  The video link in this article is especially helpful in that regard.    It just might make you think before your next garment purchase.




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