The saying, “do it right and do it once” is a motto I live by every day. It applies to both my personal and business life and it has never let me down. It seems as if it’s a rare sentiment these days though and that reality hit me hard this week. While doing some home renovations, our painter discovered that the builder of our home cut corners during construction. Of course, now we are stuck with the cost of un-doing his work and then re-doing it properly. What did the builder gain by these shortcuts? A few dollars? A bit of time? Isn’t the long term impact on his reputation in the industry more important to his future profitability? The majority of the fashion industry seems to be going in the same direction in terms of cheaply made clothing at the lowest cost possible. I made the mistake of buying some inexpensive t-shirts at Joe Fresh in the Spring. They looked great when I first tried them on but after one wash, the colours faded dramatically. They are now sitting in the pile of cleaning cloths in my laundry room. This experience has reinforced the message that I’d be better off in the long run if I bought decent quality to begin with. Quality clothing doesn’t shrink or lose colour in the wash. What’s your experience? Would you be willing to pay a bit more if you were assured the quality was better and the item would last longer?
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