Quality is an interesting thing. Many people claim to have “an eye for quality.” I think it goes deeper than being able to spot well-made products with hefty price tags. Anyone can do that. From my perspective, if something lasts as long as I need it to and does what I need it to do, it is of enough quality for it to be worth it.
I have no trouble stopping by the local big box store to pick up some basic items. My kitchen doesn’t have custom cabinets, except for the ones I built. Does that decrease their quality? Not necessarily. I like how they look and they hold my dishes. That’s high enough quality for me.
I’ve paid a dollar for a bottle of shampoo. I’ve also paid $8. In both cases, I ended up with clean hair. Which was higher quality? I couldn’t tell. One sure didn’t have $7 more quality.
When I go out to dinner, I want good food and a comfortable atmosphere. If I have to dress up, chances are I’m not interested. One of our favorite dining spots, the Cheeky Monkey Deli, suits the bill perfectly. They have a delightful menu and it’s comfortable to sit and chat without feeling rushed. The food is more than worth the prices they charge. As far as I’m concerned, the quality of the experience here beats out many “fine dining” restaurants. Why? I get my money’s worth here.
Several years ago, Liz and I found ourselves at an upscale Chinese restaurant that was serving a special Chinese New Year meal. The cost was about $40 a head but it was the best meal I’ve ever had. We didn’t know what to expect. The menu wasn’t really specified and the courses just kept coming. Everything was spectacular, even when I had no earthly idea what it was. WORTH EVERY PENNY.
I’ve mentioned it previously, but I had a stained glass window custom made to go above our front door. Worth the money? Yes. I’d have paid double. Sometimes I think about sending some more money just because it is that valuable to me.
Quality truly is in the eye of the beholder. If your needs are met and your wallet hasn’t been emptied, be satisfied.