Next week, I will be starting a new weekly column on the site featuring quality, well-built goods that will last a lifetime. Our disposable lifestyle is filling up our landfills faster than we can figure out where to build new ones and the only way out of that cycle is to stop buying junk that won’t last a while.
I too end am guilty of buying cheap goods from time to time but this article and an experience with a boot company in the last week has inspired me to try even harder to only buy products that:
A. I need
B. will last many years.
If I can also only purchase items made here in the U.S. that’s definitely an added bonus. But most importantly, I want to spend my hard-earned money on products designed and crafted to meet a higher standard, which in the long run saves money and resources over buying cheaply made disposable goods.
So starting now, I will be gathering up goods to feature on the site that meet all the criteria I mentioned above. We all need to shop, but that doesn’t mean we should look for the cheapest product available. I hope to be able to point you in the direction of, and provide information on, items that could last you a lifetime.
As for the boot story, well, 4 months ago I spent $100 on a pair of what I figured were decently made boots. After all, they weren’t $10 at Target. The company is Bed|Stü and after some very light use (for a boot, anyway) the heel on BOTH boots started coming apart. Mind you, I don’t mountain climb or kick puppies with my boots; I wear them to do exciting things like walk to the coffee shop and watch television. But I guess that lifestyle was too stressful for this pair of $100 boots made in Chinese factories and they started falling apart. I took to the internet to contact the company and let them know. What I was told surprised me, and the customer service that followed stunned me.
I am still trying to pursue this with every customer service-related website I can find and I will be filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau as well. If nothing else, it will make me feel a little better about being ripped off by Bed|Stü which not only won’t stand behind its product but also blames a customer for its boot construction problems.
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