Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Simple Savings: Buy Quality Items With A Guarantee

Several years ago, I bought a Tilley hat for my husband when I was in California visiting relatives.  I thought it was a bit pricey at the time, but looked like a good quality hat and it had a guarantee.  My husband ended up liking the hat much more than I had thought he would and wore it constantly.  Through time, the seams have split and there have been holes in it.  I sent it in to see if I could get it replaced.  They were very pleasant on the phone and replaced it with a brand new one for the price of shipping.  I have had the hat replaced two other times as well since he wears it regularly.  The hat I bought originally cost 32 dollars and now they cost around 78 dollars.  We will keep replacing it as it wears out.  I never realized at the time what a good deal this would end up being in the long run.

There are other companies that guarantee their products.  Eddie Bauer, Sears Craftsman tools and Tupperware are just a few.  Columbia has a limited warranty.  I sent an older coat a few years back and they replaced the zipper free of charge.  You may pay a bit more upfront for the price of an item with a lifetime warranty, but in the long run it can be a much better deal.

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