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To spend a lot on something that lasts years instead of similar on lots of cheaper items that don't last?

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babysaurus Thu 09-May-13 21:12:20

This is a light hearted AIBU, please be gentle!

A friends daughter, 9, hates brushing her hair as its thick and brushing hurts it. She also fights having it washed for the same reason. Her mum has bought detangling sprays and lots of different brushes, "the last one cost me £8", but none have helped enough. I have a Mason Pearson brush which she used (I took it over for her to try) and the difference was amazing. Unfortunately these brushes cost £35+. My friend said she would (not could) pay that much for a brush as its ridiculous, but has prob spent at least that already on cheaper brands.

This prompted a lighthearted discussion with her over buying one off expensive products that last forever (my last Mason Pearson was a 12th birthday present and it lasted till I was 36) and her preference of buying cheaper things but on a regular basis (she has pans that look like Le Creuset but aren't, for example) because paying huge amounts for things when you can get an equivalent for less is apparently the way to go. (Not a purely financial decision.)

So, if you were there too, would you be agreeing with me or my friend...?!

ArbitraryUsername Thu 09-May-13 21:15:07

It surely depends on whether you can afford the expensive item at the time.

Yamyoid Thu 09-May-13 21:15:15

A bit of both. Tbh I'm probably more like your friend and would think £8 is enough to spend on a brush.

Boomba Thu 09-May-13 21:15:19

its a toss up isnt it...because you dont always get the quality you pay for. And if you are skint, its a tough decision to make

That said, Id spend double that if it improved the hair brushing experience in our house! grin

orangeandemons Thu 09-May-13 21:18:28

But it's about upfront money. I wouldn't spend that much on a hairbrush ever. And dd has hair like Medusa, but I battle on with the good old tangle teaser, AND I resented the cost of that too

SprinkleLiberally Thu 09-May-13 21:18:38

It depends. My pans were 9.50 for three and have done 10 years so far. Clothes I'd pull and spill anyway so wouldn't be an investment. Tbh I think it is easy to get sucked into doing one or the other religiously, when a combo of cheap and expensive is probably best.

ArbitraryUsername Thu 09-May-13 21:19:27

I wouldn't spend £35 on a hairbrush because it old get lost in this house. You have to factor this sort of thing in.

babysaurus Thu 09-May-13 21:20:06

I asked if it was purely due to not able to stretch to a larger one off payment as it did cross my mind, but she said it was because she 'didn't agree' with paying lots for something, esp like a hairbrush or pan.

invicta Thu 09-May-13 21:24:09

I don't think I would spend £35 on a brush, but definitely would pay more for some items, but not others. Sometimes, paying more for a better item is cheaper then buying lots of cheaper products.

MogTheForgetfulCat Thu 09-May-13 22:47:59

Generally I would prefer to buy something decent and likely to be long-lasting over something more flimsy and likely to conk out after not that much use. But you can't always tell from the cost alone - it's not simply the case that more expensive = better and longer-lasting. Also, I can't always justify the cost at the time.

noisytoys Thu 09-May-13 22:53:00

I spend £1 on a hairbrush from wilkinsons and generally buy one every couple of years. A £35 brush would have to last 70 years to be value for money

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Thu 09-May-13 22:55:26

My comb came free with a 1991 copy of Mizz magazine. Is that bad?

PoppyWearer Thu 09-May-13 22:58:59

A bit of both here too.

For example, I bought a "cheap" steam generator iron a couple of years ago to test whether it was worth it. With the plan to get a more expensive one in due course. And it's still going strong, longer than any other iron I've owned...and the one I had before that was the expensive Which? Best Buy.

But then we have Miele appliances and they are worth it, 100%.

Wouldn't a Tangle Teezer brush, £5 or £10 IIRC, do the job for your friend's DD?

Or you could buy her one for her next birthday, but say it counts as next five birthday presents?

fengirl1 Thu 09-May-13 23:01:24

Dd1 has a waist-length mane of hair which is very thick (ponytail two to three times the thickness of other people's). A good brush is the only way - so that's what it has to be.... (She went to a festival last summer and didn't brush her hair for three days - it was matted and practically dreads when she came back!)

Iwantmybed Thu 09-May-13 23:03:31

Funnily DH and I have this issue all the time. He believes in investments and you get what you pay for. I despise spending more than necessary, like a good bargain and hate feeling ripped off by brand power. This results in our spending being quite polar opposite. For example DH bought a laptop for £1k but I splashed out on an mp3 player for £2.60. It works well generally he gets good quality items that last well and I get items that do the job and can replace easily if they break.

Xmasbaby11 Thu 09-May-13 23:06:28

I spend loads on kitchen stuff because I cook a lot and can feel the difference - good knives, for example, make slicing much easier.

I think with the things that are important to you, you notice the difference and are more willing to pay more for quality - if you can afford it.

pippibluestocking Thu 09-May-13 23:07:08

What brush do you use Fen (DD similar though hair not waist length)

yaimee Thu 09-May-13 23:08:46

One of my mum's teachers told her to 'always buy the best that you can afford' and my mum has carried this with her for life.
The teacher was talking about pans at the time I think but looking for the best quality product within your price range (not brands, just good quality materials and workmanship) is good life advice.
Me and my mum by almost everything second hand, but still look for good quality.

yaimee Thu 09-May-13 23:12:01

Don't those hairbrushes come with a lifetime guarantee?

Littlehousesomewhere Thu 09-May-13 23:39:33


But it depends if you actually can afford the paying for the more expensive item. But for moderately priced items like this brush I would most certainly.

Even if you needed to wait a month by saving £8 a week i would say most people would be able to do that.

missuswife Fri 10-May-13 00:19:07

I buy the best I can afford. Buy cheap, buy twice. Oh and I mean best as in quality and value, not labels, IYSWIM.

molly199 Fri 10-May-13 00:29:21

Why doesnt she got to the poundshop and buy thinning scissors, could help ease the problem

SquinkiesRule Fri 10-May-13 01:50:48

I have a hairbrush I got when I was about 12, it's still like new a pure bristle on my grandmother got me for Christmas. I used it for many years and Dd used it too, you get whet you pay for. I spend a bit more on quality clothes too, for Dd they fit better and last longer. Occasionally I'll think something cheaper looks good and will try it, and find it doesn't wash as well or last as long.

LittleFeileFooFoo Fri 10-May-13 01:58:14

i like to spend the money and only buy the damn thing once! I detest shopping. DH would rather buy cheapo and do it over and over.

He buys shoes every 6 months while I have been wearing one pair of mine regularly since 1995.

OrangeFootedScrubfowl Fri 10-May-13 02:13:30

Has she tried a tangle teezer?

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