“You Get What You Pay For”: 10 Things You Should NEVER Cheap Out On

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What should NOT be purchased unless you are willing to spend the money on a quality version? I’ll go first and say sushi. To this day, one of my favorite parts of a Scrubs episode is when a guy explains the sushi he ate that made him sick and “came free with the fill-up” at a gas station. It sounds absurd until you see it. No, thank you. Here are other top-voted examples from the internet.

1. Tattoos 

You get what you pay for, and it’s better to avoid getting a tattoo if you’re unwilling to pay more for quality. One man explained that they worked with someone covered in “horrible tattoos.”

So one time, he entered the plant with a freshly finished koi fish on his arm. His coworker asked what it cost, and he informed her it cost $800. “Her jaw dropped, and she said, I’ve never paid more than $250 for any of my tats. Yeah? It shows.”

2. Plastic Surgery

Many people in the thread agreed with plastic surgery or any surgery for that matter. It’s no secret that botched surgeries, botox, and fillers make people look weird and unhealthy. Just look at how everyone is responding to Madonna’s shockingly unrecognizable appearance at the Grammys.

3. A pH Meter

Suppose you enjoy growing plants with hydroponics or are into aquariums. In that case, a reliable pH meter is necessary and worth spending a little more on for quality. A cheap meter is unreliable and can negatively affect your plants and fish.

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4. Motorcycle Safety Equipment

A motorcyclist noted, “Motorcycle gear has changed a LOT since its inception. It’s like the difference between a WWI stainless steel helmet vs. modern-day marine gear.

The difference is life-changing, and the prevention of death is way higher depending on which gear you use. So use your equipment and people, don’t cheap out. It could be the difference between you sitting in a wheelchair for the rest of your life.”

5. Soldering Iron

Soldering equipment was voted as something you better pay for quality. One elaborated that it’s an example of a tool that “could make the job HARDER if you have a cheap version.” Others agreed with the notion and explained that the quality of the equipment removes the “tedious aspects of the task.”

6. A Garage Door

Many Redditors suggested that an open carport was better than a headache-inducing faulty garage door. Someone confessed that they had one that opened and closed at will. “Three am, and everyone is sleeping? The garage door opens. Nine pm, and I’m taking the trash to the curb? Closes and locks me out of my house.”

7. Clamps

Never buy cheap clamps. You’ll be clipping down a $40 piece of timber with a $2 clamp while cutting it with your guide. One man explained that the clamp could move the guide and ruin your cut. “So now you have to buy another $40 piece of timber. So once again. CLAMPS, CLAMPS, CLAMPS!!”

8. Radar Detector

If you plan on avoiding speeding tickets with a radar detector and laser jammer, then be prepared to spend money on quality equipment. Otherwise, you may find yourself out the money on the cheap stuff while also owing for a speeding ticket.

9. Musical Instruments

One Redditor confessed, “I’m an amateur French Horn player. Unfortunately, I cheaped out when I wanted to get my instrument in high school—a big mistake.

It turned out that the instrument I bought had tuning issues that weren’t apparent when I first bought it, which made me need to sell it at a loss and buy the more expensive one I was considering anyways.”

A musical equipment store employee supported this message. Explaining not to buy junk because it’s cheaper. Instead, buy something quality, and you’ll “thank us later.”

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10. A Cycling Bike

Finally, someone stated that while cycle bikes are niche, they deserve the extra money for quality. They clarified that they didn’t mean to go drop two grand on a bike but to buy above “Walmart quality” and to talk to someone who knows about them at a bike store instead. 

Honorable Mentions: Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, cola, running shoes, and anything about ergonomics and your body, like a mattress, an actual office chair, or orthopedics. What do you think? Did Reddit get this right, or do you cheap on items from this list? This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Wealthy Nickel.

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