It was the Fourth of July, so we thought it appropriate to offer our two year-old son a hot dog for lunch. He jumped at the opportunity (he eats more hummus than hot dogs!). We proceeded to ask what he would like with his hot dog. His reply, “Beans ‘n Olives”. That’s right – black beans and pitted black olives – both from a can. His favorite!
This is where the great lunch plan was delayed. You see, we recently had to purchase a new can opener, as our old version malfunctioned. This item was surrounded by many others on our grocery list, so my wife did what many would probably do – she purchased the cheapest she could find. Yep, her purchase was based 100% on price. All $0.88 of it. :)
I knew I was in trouble at first glance of the can ‘opener’. Small, slender, and “something from the ‘70s” I thought. But, I gave it a shot, like any husband should do. Five minutes and many words later, I was reaching for a Swiss Army Knife to help finish prying the can open. The result was messy and the can full of dangerous edges. The cheapest can opener certainly could not get the job done, let alone dependably or trustworthy.
Buying based upon price is something we all battle, and often times the ensuing relationship can be quite undesirable. My wife found out for herself later on the Fourth while preparing Green Beans for supper (which also needed the help of a Swiss Army knife). We are certainly on the market for a new can opener!
Next time you find yourself looking to purchase a product or service, think twice before selecting based solely on price. The cheapest may just leave you with a messy, and likely short term, relationship with additional work to reach your desired goal of the purchase.
Jason Mulholland – July 5, 2011