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Maybe this has something to do with environment. When I lived in the states I bought the cheapest stuff I could get and somehow didn't notice that I had to replace the stuff fairly often. I'm not sure if it's the fact that I've gotten older and lost patience for dealing with things breaking or if living in a country where people really consider quality and long term ownership, but I don't shop for short-term cheap anymore. I care about owning experience, lifetime cost and how painful will it be to me to get it fixed if it breaks.

It's funny but you even have to consider this with consumables like toilet paper. If you get the cheap stuff it's practically half-ply so you have to use 3 times as much. Better to get the 3-ply that costs twice as much.

I answered your BMW comment here: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1779306




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