I went to Kmart yesterday but have not been there in months. Maybe even over a year. I used to shop there more often but in recent times I think they have become really cheap and nasty.
Also, I have realised that buying 'cheap' things is a false economy, because if I buy better quality then they last longer and cost less in the long run. It just means buying less things.
This was a day or two after I'd read an article in our local paper speculating whether David Jones would open a store here and most people commenting that no-one would shop there anyway and it would be better to have cheaper stores like Ikea or Aldi or even Walmart (is Walmart even in Australia?). My experience of Ikea and Aldi is really hit and miss in regards to quality, but my experience of both stores is fairly limited.
So I'm wondering, am I just a shopping snob now, or are there others out there who think the way I do?
I don't want to judge anyone, I just want to be enlightened.
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28-01-2012 12:02 #1
Buying cheap stuff
28-01-2012 12:11 #2
These days it's all a bit of a hit and miss. Most things are made in China. For example an expensive pair of jeans that retails over $100 is made in the same factory with the same materials as a pair of $40 jeans.
I think the quality of many products has gone down hill.
Even ones that used to be pretty good.
28-01-2012 12:13 #3
I think the way that you do! David Jones is probably my favorite shop to buy clothes for DD. She is 13 months and the clothes that fit her when she was 2/3 months from places like seed, country road, bebe etc still fit her and are in great condition. Whereas she has a few clothes from cheaper places that aren't in great condition anymore. I think it's better to pay more money and get more wear out of them.
For my clothes however, I often shop at cheap places like valleygirl and harbor town as I can't afford David jones for myself and DH would never let me spend that much money on clothes! But with DD he doesn't really mind how much I spend!
28-01-2012 12:14 #4
I buy quality where it matters. Toys, kitchenware, bedding etc... It lasts longer and is more pleasant to use.
I buy cheap clothes for me, I plan on shrinking so longevity isn't an issue, affordability is more important.
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28-01-2012 12:14 #5
hmm.. yes, I do agree with you. I used to shop for clothes a lot at Target because I thought the quality was good for the price, and I could afford them. But these days I have to sift so much to find anything decent. I've noticed this change just in five years.
28-01-2012 12:22 #6
I am a mix too, shop more expensive clothes for DS because I find that they fit him better than the target or Kmart clothes. But cheapies for me. Appliances etc I try n go mid range for brands that I have heard of but not top of the range expensive.
28-01-2012 12:43 #7
I walked into Kmart looking at school supplies the other week and walked right out again (I don't mind shopping at cheaper stores for brand items ie why would I pay twice as much for a bonds suit from Myers when I can get it cheaper at Kmart) but I glanced around and I could tell it had gone down hill dramatically! I buy top quality appliances. Clothes I get from target or specialty stores. Food I just try to get whatever is additive free so that depends on the item.
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28-01-2012 16:48 #8
I usually shop for clothes for DD at target. Big w stuff is cheap and nasty and doesnt last.
I get most of my clothes from op shops.
toys are from op shops, 2nd hand or special occasions like toy sales.
I bought DD's school uniforms 2nd hand from a facebook page.
Her school stuff is from big w and the newsagents.
I try and shop what i can at Aldi for the $$$ savings.
28-01-2012 17:43 #9
We buy the majority of our clothes at Target. I refuse to spend a heap of $$ on DS when they only fit for a season! And DH work jeans from Target last longer than ones from Jeans West for some reason and are half the price. I tend to wait and get things when they are on sale or special too. A lot of DS's clothes will be fine for our DD when she fits them. More so bottoms than tops, but they are pretty good quality for the prices.
For appliances, furniture etc, then yes. I prefer quality but will shop around for the best price. Especially on big items like washer, dryer, fridge etc. They last longer. Which is good as we can't afford to replace anything if it breaks at the moment!
Last edited by Californication; 28-01-2012 at 17:46.
28-01-2012 18:06 #10
I try to buy quality for appliances and classic clothing items etc, but I have no objection to buying cheap clothes that might only last a season. A white t-shirt for example, I will spill coffee or spaghetti bolognaise or something on and never get it clean again (just ask the one I'm wearing at the moment) so I will get that cheap. Shoes, I aim for quality, on sale. I have learnt that one the hard way, my feet are trashed.
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