Join Date: May 2010
Location: San Francisco Bay Area via the Central Coast
Vehicle: NOW SOLD - 2010 SLK-300 Special Edition (USA "Diamond White Edition", ROW "2LOOK Edition")
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It's very confusing for today's consumer, especially with all the "knock off" product that comes out of China. I would probably disagree with what some are saying that "often times it's the same stuff". If you are purchasing reputable "branded" items, you can be sure that you are getting not only quality but also a company that will stand behind their product. Beware of look-a-likes as you really do get what you pay for.
What really makes it confusing however, is when the "Branded Quality Manufacturers" make an item for....say.....Costco. Here as a consumer, we recognize the brand name and think that we are familiar with the product. But upon close comparison with a "version" of the same product at another retailer, you will often find something missing or a short cut that was taken for Costco in order to achieve a price point. You have to look close, but usually you will find it.
It is then up to you as a consumer as to whether or not you need the missing component in the product. I will spare all of you from all the particulars. I can just tell you that in my business it is important that we bring these things up to the end-user when they are shopping us.
Also remember, when you buy a product is not just the quality of the product that you should be interested in.........it's also the quality of the merchant in standing behind the item and correcting it for you in the event that it fails.
My pop used to tell me........"Don't step over a dollar to pick up a penny"!
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