10 Things That Simply Can’t Be That Cheap
When we see the magic word "sale" in the windows of a shop, it attracts us like a magnet. However, there are several things you should never cheap out on.
Bright Side gathered 10 such things and found useful pieces of advice that can help you tell the difference between a high-quality item and a cheap fake.
Of all the natural fabrics, silk has the highest tensile strength. However, it is well ventilated, stretches, and remains dry when absorbing skin moisture. These characteristics make silk very comfortable for everyday use.
Useful tip: To distinguish a high-quality material from a low-quality one, take a piece of the fabric in your hand and squeeze it for several seconds. Silk rarely gets crumpled, so there will be almost invisible wrinkles or none at all.
9. Alpaca wool
Alpaca wool is considered to be one of the most expensive materials in the world. Clothes made of this material retain their original appearance for a long time and, therefore, have a high price. The price for a sweater can be up to $100 or even more.
Useful tip: A high-quality product is usually sold with a wool sample that helps you tell the difference between fake wool and alpaca wool. You can burn a sample thread to identify the quality of a product by the smell. A smell of tar and smoke indicates that there is less than 10% alpaca wool in the clothes.
8. Cotton clothes
Cotton clothes are valued for being eco-friendly, having hypoallergenic properties, and their feeling of comfort. The more cotton your clothes contain, the higher the price of the product.
Useful tip: The presence of synthetic fibers can be identified by a distinctive metallic shine. Also, cotton warms up to a body's temperature, while synthetic fibers remain cold.
Don't be seduced by a cheap pair of jeans because you might be at risk of buying a low-quality product that will lose its form after the first wash. A high-quality material will serve you for a much longer time.
Useful tip: Before a purchase, fold your pants in half, pulling out the crotch seam so that they are completely flat. If they're asymmetric, then they are not good quality. Also, pay attention to the quality of the accessories and the evenness of the stitching.
The choice of your shoes is important both for your health and for aesthetic reasons. Expensive models usually have a sensible design that helps you avoid any discomfort. They fit perfectly and are almost weightless on your feet.
Useful tip: To check the quality of the shoes, hold one shoe in your hand and try to bend it in half. The sole should be flexible enough. The top of the shoe should not lose its form. Also, pay attention to the stitches: they must be even and smooth.
An old belt can easily spoil your finest look. Pleather belts cost much less than those made of genuine leather, but they become worn down very quickly. If you wear belts on a daily basis, it would be better to buy a high-quality belt instead of spending time and money on the cheap ones.
Useful tip: It's quite easy to tell pleather from genuine leather. Put several drops of water on a belt – if it absorbs the liquid, then you're safe to purchase the belt.
A poor-quality pair of sunglasses can harm your eyesight because the lenses (without a special filter) won't protect your eyes from UV rays.
Useful tip: A complete set of a good pair of sunglasses must contain a case with an engraved or embossed company logo, a cleaning cloth, and a certificate. The inside of the sunglasses must also have an engraved company or model name. The certificate should contain information about the percentage of UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C radiation and the wavelengths (in nanometers) that the lenses can block. The best choice would be a pair of sunglasses labeled as "UV 400."
Cheap luxury watches simply don't exist. Even a 20% discount off the price is food for thought. When we talk about this type of accessory, the rule is simple: it's better to own no watches than a fake one.
Useful tip: Look closely at a watch before buying it. A fake product can be easily spotted by the tiniest defects: scratches on the strap, different color clock hands, and a crookedly printed logo.
The quality of the ingredients used in the production of a lipstick determines its price. You should remember this when a shop assistant offers you up to 70% off the price of an organic lipstick.
Useful tip: The following ingredients are indicators of a high-quality product: beeswax (carnauba wax or candelilla wax), oils (castor, coconut, etc), vitamins А, Е, В, and collagen.
The low price of a perfume might indicate that there are at least several ingredients of a low quality among its contents. At best, the fragrance will vanish in half an hour; at worst, it will have a chemical-like odor.
Useful tip: An effective way to tell an original perfume from a fake is to check the serial number of the lot. It should be printed on the bottom of the bottle and be the same as the serial number on the package.
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