- Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:26 am
I know, I totally agree! You get what you pay for, basically.
I was at the Kmart checkout recently, and saw a $15 car ramp toy. Ooh, I thought, so cheap, I can afford to buy one for the kids just for fun! So I grabbed one.
I've spent the last couple of weeks constantly putting it back together. The kids gave up playing with it, because everytime they ran a matchbox car down it, it disintegrated. It looked like a good one, nice and colourful, etc, but it was just rubbish.
It went into the recycle bin in just a couple of weeks - and I like to keep toys for a loooong time. I felt completely ripped off. Even their seemingly cheap Fisher Price toys are a smaller, worse quality version. For example, they come with less features (the school bus doesn't have as many little people on board), or the Laugh and Learn Puppy is smaller, and rougher, without the light on it's foot (I bought the expensive one first, then got another later as a gift and compared them. First one cost $40, second $15)
Same with their clothes. $5 t-shirt? Great! But it only holds it's shape and looks good for 1 wash. Instead of paying $5 for 5 t-shirts over summer because they keep losing their colour and shape, it's better to pay the $15 or $20 from a better store and get a better quality item.
As my dear old Nana would have said, it's "false economy"
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