Yes , it can be a sickness. Check your health plan and seek mental health therapy.Sad to say I ask myself the same question. I could write a thesis on the defination of wanting and needing. I could probably justify the cost of a cardboard baler, almost everday packages arrive (USPS, Fedex,UPS, motor freight, etc. It's bad when I make a purchase from an entirely new vendor and click to fill out the first box, all my personal information pops up. It's a sickness, that's why I can't retire!
Milwaukee, Makita, and DeWalt are all good in my opinion.I would likely be tossed from Palessi unless they needed something repaired and thought I was the repair guy, but I don’t mind spending a bit on quality footwear. Yes, these are my current routine shoes when at home.
View attachment 89867 It was a somewhat heavy pollen day when this was taken so the yellowish highlights are a seasonal spring enhancement. They’re normally a sort of customized mottled brown with mud, grease (black moly and red “regular”), and dried blood creating a homey vibe that’s versatile enough to wear with a wide variety of outfits in all sorts of venues. The roomy boxed steel toes, 8” height with speed laces to provide ankle protection without sacrificing efficient ingress/egress, flexible steel plate in sole for nail protection, water resistant construction, quality lugged sole for sure traction, gel sole for all day support and comfort: all that adds up to footwear I’ll drop $150 on.
To the point of the video, there are many things where the name, the marketing, the “experience” is a substantial premium over the functional and aesthetic value of the product. The sale at Palessi is about how the customer feels at the time of sale and after. They feel special; better than the average person they see when they’re out in public; privileged; blessed; etc. The Payless shoes are identical but they don’t give the buyer the same emotional experience coming from Payless instead of Palessi.
Easy for me to criticize with my no name tennis shoes and bare bones work truck, but I’m not planning to buy my next pair of work boots from Payless.
Most of my hand held power tools are Milwaukee. I drive a Kubota. I’m not a professional at anything requiring power tools or tractors. Could I get by with Harbor Freight power tools and a Mahindra? Probably. But I also have one dirt cheap B&D jigsaw that’s been hanging on the pegboard for 30 years. Wife asked a while back why I never use it. Told her it’s a POS designed so poorly it can’t be fixed. The whole guts are sloppy in the housing so it won’t cut accurately enough to be useful and the housing is too soft to do anything about it. It’s a reminder to me that cheap tools are a waste of money. BUT sometimes that cheaper tool may be identical to a name brand; I often don’t know when there’s a real difference so I often end up doing what I do with power tools, I buy Milwaukee because I’ve yet to buy anything Milwaukee that was a disappointing POS.
Kind of a complicated thing, really. But for the Payless v Paylessi thing I think it really is the emotional experience created by Paylessi that’s missing from Payless and that actually has value for some people, weird as that seems.
I spend all my spare money on taxes, bank fees, service charges, insurance, lawyers and accountants.
I hate seeing bankers, insurers, lawyers, civil servants and accountants having to drive cheap fuel efficient cars with bald tires, and being stuck using older flip phones without unlimited 5G data plans.