Many of you know that my tastes and preferences in things does tend to run to the more expensive, or luxury brands and products. Or maybe something more niche, which often works out more expensive. I sometimes find people being almost apologetic for having champagne tastes, and I too used to be. But I’ve gotten over it.
But there is one question I dread, whenever the subject of price and value comes up. “Is it worth the price?” You know what? Don’t ask it. Here’s why 😛
To me, the concept of “worth” and “value” is very abstract and very individual. How do you measure “worth” or “value”? You can’t. The only thing you can measure is how YOU perceive it.
I find that the question of “worth” often tends to be tied to the price. We talked once about how most people are less critical about cheaper products, being almost forgiving of it if it’s a dud, because you did not spend a lot of money on it. But if it’s something more expensive, then we want to ensure that we get our money’s worth, or something worth the money we pay. We are then more critical and more unforgiving if it falls short.
However, what people may not appreciate is that the concept of price and value is in itself, abstract. For some, any product that costs more than RM100 is considered expensive. As a student, or if I had a lower income, I’d think so too. But to someone who is of a higher income bracket, RM100 may not be deemed expensive. They have a higher threshold for price.
However, it also depends on the item. RM100 is expensive by any reckoning, if it were the price of a box of biscuits. Yet, I have seen RM100 boxes of biscuits in people’s supermarket trolleys. Perhaps, they don’t mind paying the price, because it is worth the money, in their view.
To me, paying RM100 or more for a cleanser that works with my skin isn’t prohibitive. In fact, if it’s one that I particularly like in terms of texture or efficacy, to me, it is absolutely worth every cent. To some, that is an astronomical price to pay for a product that you wash off your skin as quickly as you put it on, and they’d rather spend it on a cream or a serum. To me, spending money on a good facial mist is worth my money. To some, you’re spritzing away money every time you use it because they don’t perceive any results. I’m also happy to spend money on raw fish (sashimi or sushi, not the ones I have to cook myself LOL!), or for a one-off experience like a hot-air balloon ride – it’s worth it, to me. To others, paying good money to be served raw fish is a travesty! 😀
The concept of “worth” therefore, is far too abstract to measure.
This is why I personally find it very awkward to answer the question of “Is it worth it?” when asked, which I am, very often. “Is a Jo Malone perfume worth it?” “Are Diptyque candles worth it?” “Is the La Mer cream worth it?”
If I like the product, even if it’s expensive, or if it was something that helped my skin, or even if it just makes me feel good, I’d instinctively say “Yes, it’s worth it”. I sometimes feel bad when the reply is “Oh, but it’s out of my budget” because no one should go into debt for just skincare or luxuries!
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So, here’s the rub. I never like telling people anything is “worth it”, because some people may, based on your perception of worth, spend money on the product and then find it doesn’t deliver the results they expect. To them, it won’t be worth the money. If you’ve ever asked me the question, you’ll note that I’ve never committed to saying that “it’s worth it”. I can’t, in good conscience do it.
The problem I find, is in trying to explain this to people, without launching into a lecture as I’ve just done LOL 😀
So, long story short. Let’s not talk about whether a product is “worth it”, and let’s not impose our perceptions of “worth” on others. By the same token, don’t seek another person’s perception of a product’s worth, nor fall into the trap of accepting a product’s worth, without thinking it through first. That’s the job of most online “influencers” today – to convince you something is “so worth it, you must buy it!” even if it isn’t.
Think about it, and decide first, if it fits your budget, if you are willing to spend the money to try it, and then decide for yourself if it was worth it. Only YOU will know 🙂
How do you deal with this question of “Is it worth it?” and do you actively tell people that something is absolutely worth the money?
I think it’ll be interesting to talk about this because anyone who talks about beauty or perceived frivolities will always be asked this question, and I’m curious to know what your answer is! 😀