(Closed) "Poor" Taste

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 17
10650 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I wish I didn’t have expensive taste!  I am often drawn to things, look at the price tag, and then can’t justify the price of the item 🙁

Post # 19
5224 posts
Bee Keeper

@likewoah:  My 16 year old daughter really wanted one. I was disappointed that $160 dollar purse I paid for ended up being……a purse, LOL. I have no idea what I was expecting.

Post # 20
4655 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@jeg14:  Me! I get all excited over unique or exquisitely handmade things, and am willing to pay if I can when they’re awesome quality and special, but overall I do not gravitate to things that are typically expensive. A lot of expensive shoes and clothes look “meh” to me too – often nice enough, but no nicer than the things I buy for considerably less. I don’t buy the quality argument either, to me that’s just lazy shopping. If you work at it you can find things that are quite sufficient (maybe not the greatest ever, but more than good enough) at most price points.

I also have the issue of not liking to own a lot of objects – Darling Husband and I move around a lot by choice, and while we have our stuff we like, the more stuff we have, the more of a pain in the ass it is every time we want to move. I’m also pretty hard on my stuff. So I also don’t like expensive things because when I buy something expensive, all I see is the headache of trying to baby the item and transport it in the future, whereas with cheap things I can destroy, donate or abandon them any time I feel like it without feeling bad about it.


Post # 21
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@likewoah:  + 1 million, especially your comment about Coach!

Post # 22
2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@aliciaspinnet:  yes! It’s all about the cost per wear!! At one point I had an excel spreadsheet to track when I bought things and when I threw them out & approximate # of times I wore them. 

@Rainstorm77:  I’m the opposite — I’d rather get the $200 pair of shoes than 10 $20 pairs of shoes. Mostly because I don’t have time to shop all the time and I can tell the difference between fake / faux / vegan leather & real leather. The fake stuff makes my feet sweat and gives me blisters. I wear all of my shoes into the ground though. My $200 boots lasted for 4 years and my $30 boots lasted for 1 month. 🙁

If I could figure out how to get the $20 shoes to work as well as the $200 ones, I’d be right there with you. 

Post # 23
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Price per wear! (which I daresay applies even to the engagement ring! dun dun DUN!!!!)

Post # 24
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I love coach but hate the bags that have the “C”‘s all over them (same with Michael Kors and the “MK” everywhere), but my nice leather bags (many different brands) all last MUCH longer than the cheaper bags I’ve purchased over time, same with nicer shoes.  I don’t mind the Burberry pattern print though, probably because it isn’t letters, odd I know (although I would still purchase a leather bag from them over a cloth/patterned bag).  

I agree with you for certain items though, $1000 shoes that are essentially the same as $10 shoes aren’t worth the money, while a $300 pair of leather flats with no real brand name would be worth a lot more to me than the $1000 pair that was uncomfortable and plastic.  Same with bags.  

Post # 25
9134 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@jeg14:  I’m pretty lost on shoes but I can usually tell a $20 handbag from a $200 one but only because I have received the more expensive ones as gifts.  Otherwise, I would have no clue.  That is probably why I can’t tell the difference with shoes unless I can see the label.

Post # 26
117 posts
Blushing bee

Ahh… Umm I don’t think you have “poor taste” I just think you haven’t been exposed or don’t value name brand/materials/designers ect. 

Post # 27
9595 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I think when people say in “poor taste” they dont mean financially poor: an expensive wedding can be in poor taste, just like a joke. It means tacky and/or offensive.

I am the opposite- I immediately can pick out the most expensive thing and its what I want. I know a lot about construction and craftmanship when it comes to garments, so I always pick the buttery leather, with beautiful lining and stitching. I know a ton about fabrics- I always go to quality and $$$$.

I will say, even if you dont see the difference- it is worth it to buy some things more expensively. Namely leather goods. Yes a faux purse is like 20 bucks, but it will start peeling and chaffing after a few months. Faux leather shoes will look good for *maybe* a season if its not winter. Fake leather boots = 60 bucks and they look like shit in a few months. 300$ leather boots? Took me a minute to save for them but I will have them forever. My Ariat riding boots lasted me 11 years!!!

You can get a nice leather purse, on sale for maybe 100? And it will last you forever. I think its wise to do this with a basic black bag, and maybe a brown too. Fashiony, trendy things can be cheaper. And paying up the butt for a canvas bag covered in Cs or Gs will always be stupid.


Post # 28
2890 posts
Sugar bee

@jeg14:  I do, and I’m perfectly happy with this, and so is my wallet ! I am a huge fan of Winners/Marshalls, I used to work there during my bachelor years and I am still a client after all these years. So much furniture and decorative items in our home come from those stores, and from all the shopping we’ve done around, we could tell it was indeed 30 to 60% less there. I don’t buy a ton of clothes or accessories from them, but when I need something, I make sure to check there. I’ve found my wedding shoes there (on sale 26$ instead of 49,99$, and who knows what the ”real price” would have been). I also bought FI’s wedding tie there, a Michael Khors with the designer price tag still on it. The tie would have been 75$ at a MK store. I paid 10$ for it. Good deals on perfumes and cosmetics as well ! We’ve also been lucky with thrift stores. We’ve found brands, like new or only worn a few times, for 5$ (ex.: Lacoste polos).

I own nice things and I get complimented often on my clothing and accessories, but I never pay the price people expect me to have paid. I can’t justify to spend a ton of money on clothing and bags and shoes. However, I agree with PPs who said some things are worth investing for. Real leather instead of fake is indeed more comfortable and will last longer. Same goes with my next winter boots, they’ll be real leather and have real lamb wool inside them, not synthetic. I’ve always bought cheap boots, and I’ve always had frozen feet all winter. But 100$ for boots each year, vs. 400$ for boots that can last a decade, in the long run, the best purchase is the quality boots.

Post # 29
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My mom is this way – she sincerely doesn’t care for higher end or expensive things. I don’t know how I came from her because I have the most expensive taste ever. I mitigate it by wearing things FOREVER though, and buying second hand when I can. 

Post # 30
7646 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@jeg14:  I couldn’t care less either. Darling Husband and I were registering for baby, and we figured we would register for one of those baby carrier things, and they had one for 40 bucks and one for 200, and I was like, “WTF is the difference between them?” And who would spend that much on something like that. Nobody could tell me the difference except the brand name, which I figured out by myself.

I can see why some things are expensive, but for the most part I just don’t understand. I go for the cheaper stuff.

Post # 31
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

Yeah…no-name all the way.  The heck with designer stuff!  All of my (few) designer items are second hand from eBay, lol.  Proud. 8)

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