"Poor" Taste

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@jeg14:  Yes! I certainly do 🙂 I would rather get 10 pairs of $20 shoes than buy a $200 pair of shoes.. because why??  I get TEN pairs and they will probably last the same amount of time all up.. and this way I can change my look every time! A while ago I had a friend buy a weekender tote bag thing from … I dunno… Gucci or Versace or LikeICare and it was about $600. Then she could never travel anywhere with it because she took it one place and the corner got a slight mark on it, so it spent the rest of its days in plastic wrap inside another bag in the closet! What’s the point! Buy a $20 bag and you don’t care if it gets wrecked because you can go get another one! Some people like labels more than practicalities 😉 

Post # 4
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4043 posts
Honey bee

@jeg14:  I wouldn’t say it means poor taste. It’s just different values and preferences. Neither is right or wrong, just different. I don’t own any expensive clothes, purses, shoes, but I still wear and have nice things. I wouldn’t say I have poor taste by any means. 

Post # 5
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1040 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I wouldn’t pay $800 for a pair of shoes either :). I was the same with my wedding dress – I paid $299 for mine, and while I get regular dress envy, I could never justify spending thousands on something I’ll only ever wear once.  It’s one thing to buy really good quality pieces which will last for years, but a lot of what you pay for when buying designer goods is the label. 

 

What I would consider when buying is the use to price ratio. For example, if I were to buy a bag or a coat that I expected to wear on a daily basis for years, I would be willing to pay a little extra for something classic and high quality that will last for ages – I figure it works out cheaper overall than buying something cheaper that’s going to fall apart after a few wears or that will be out of fashion next week. 

Post # 6
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1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Everyone places a value on things.  There is no shoe I would pay $800 for, but I would splurge in other areas maybe others would not (I have a $500 blender).  I do not place value on clothing and accessories, but I do on electronics and technology.  So, don’t look at it as havign poor taste, just different taste 🙂

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@jeg14:  Shoes and purses — often not worth the money. Of course many here will disagree.

 

I think that some classic, old fashioned things such as real, quality cashmere (not the junk you see in department stores) or Italian hand-made shoes custom made for your feet etc may be special and worth some $$$, but what I’ve found is that one has to take care of this special stuff.

It’s not as though they are much sturdier.

I simply do not want to fuss with things. If I soil them or break them, big deal, I’ll get another.

Post # 8
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433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@jeg14:  I’m the exact same way. If I do happen to find something that I like that’s designer, it’s because it happened to be super cheap at Marshall’s or Winners, but other than that I can’t justify spending a lot of money on material things.

Post # 9
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772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You could put me blindfolded in a store and I’d somehow manage to find the most expensive thing there. I just have an eye for quality materials/construction. That said, I don’t buy trendy pieces and I only buy once something is on super sale.

Post # 10
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3210 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I don’t have nice things at all (lol) BUT I know that I have an eye for higher-end things. At TJ Maxx if I’m looking through their zillions of purses, I will invariably choose the ones that are $100-200 (and that’s at TJ Maxx!!). When I’m looking at things on Overstock or Etsy, my eye is almost always drawn to the expensive version of whatever it is that I’m looking for, completely without seeing the prices. It’s a curse!!

Post # 11
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3210 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@likewoah:  We totally posted the same thing at the same time!! 🙂

Post # 12
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641 posts
Busy bee

@FauxPas2012:  I’m one of those people that utterly disagree. Cheap shoes almost always have poor ergonomics. Having a good support for your foot ( be they flats or heels) is incredibly imprtant for general health. I’m not saying all expensive shoes are good. But I am saying I haven’t found any cheap shoes to be, and that goes double once we’re talking about heels.

Post # 13
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5228 posts
Bee Keeper

@jeg14:  Me too. I can’t tell the difference between designer and Walmart. I actually did a whole thread about coach purses. It was interesting, the responses I got.

Post # 14
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772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Bridey77:  Coach purses are for people who have more money than taste. 

edit: which isn’t to say they have much money

 

Post # 15
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3097 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

Well sometimes it’s just the designer label makes it more expensive. I used to be the same until dh started spoiling me lol. I’m not for designer labels, so I try to go for quality but even then I usually like the pricier items lol. I don’t think I’d spend 800 on shoes though, but if I really loved them I’d try ebay first hehe.

Post # 16
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592 posts
Busy bee

I wouldn’t spend 800 dollars on shoes or more than 40 or so on a purse. 

But I don’t care about shoes or purses as much. I can tell the difference in quality. But my personal rational prefers replacing a purse for 20-30 bucks every year instead of hundreds on one to last a long time. Same with shoes.

However I, like most regular people, can’t afford the best of everything all the time. So I pick and choose based on what’s important to me and where my interests are. I may think 800 on shoes it outrageous. But I’d also probably spend 800 on a dog or a piece of jewelry if I had 800 lying around, so it seems pretty subjective to me in that regard. 

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