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Buy it once, Buy it for life with smart choices

Buyitonce Buyitforlife, finds, evaluates and markets products that last. Hopefully will last a Lifetime, not harm the Planet, not too hard on your wallet and you will never have to say “it broke”. Make smart choices and buy it for life.

Patagonia clothing manufacturer, for example, will repair purchases items free of charge and a nominal fee for repairs due to accidents and excessive use. Companies like Patagonia are about Name Branding and intend to stick around for decades and the business model is sustainability and repeat customer orders.

This site features products that I believe have exceptional built-in quality or have a great customer after-care policy..or both! A HUGE degree of trust can be put in actually USER REVIEWS…  therefore many of my products also have THOUSANDS of independent reviews that rate the product high or low and for me, this feature alone is the number one reason I choose to buy a product.

The mission of my website is quite simple: to simplify the decision-making process. Products that last a lifetime and products that you will only buy once. The buyer has already made up their mind to buy a backpack, for example. I just hand them their solution. For the buyer that’s often the hardest part: WHICH ONE should I buy??? Thier choices are often mind-boggling and daunting and it my contention that, many people give up the search and then one day they buy the searched for product, in a shopping mall and have no idea about the quality etc etc… IMPULSE PURCHASE based upon a need. Bad idea.

Speaking of quality. Let’s do this simple arithmetic: You have a choice of buying a backpack for $65 with zero warranty and no big name backing up the product. Your second choice has a price tag of $128 and is made by Osprey. Osprey comes with a Lifetime warranty:  https://www.ospreypacks.com/us/en/customer-support/all-mighty-guarantee. Which backpack should you buy, one in your lifetime or 4 or 5, or more, in that same lifespan?

When you buy the Osprey you are also being kinder to the Planet because your local garbage dump will not receive 5 worn out backpacks from you and all of the associated packaging materials. Kudos! Well done. Smart choice.

Consumer wastefulness Vs products that last forever

A survey conducted in 2015 and commissioned by the British charity Barnardo’s, found that the majority of women’s clothing items are only worn 7 times on average. After 7 times, the article is relegated to the top shelf of a closet until it is finally donated or given to family or friends.

Combatting this wastefulness is at the heart of my business here at boughtitonce.com. I have plenty of company and have scoured the internet and online shopping malls to find the most economical products in a growing number of clothing brands offering alternatives to this disposable shopping economy. Brands such as Zady, Cuyana, and The 30 Year Sweatshirt are becoming more and more popular as many of us find a way to make the world a greener place to live in. If not we, shall all surely drown in our own wastefulness!

Buy it for life and “buy me once” products have become a positive trend in today’s eco-minded culture. This website has researched carefully chosen items and are a good example of products that last a lifetime.

Each year the trend has been for Americans to buy more clothing each year than they have ever done so before. Consumers shopped for an average of 64 items of clothing each year and about seven pairs of shoes per year. In the 1990’s this figure was half. So with DOUBLE consumption, in just 20 years, manufacturers and purchasers are climbing onboard the idea of more will mean less. In the long-run.

I hope you enjoy perusing some of the products here at buyitoncebuyitforlife.com for these very reasons. Enjoy a beautiful day.

Fixing stuff

Hopefully everything you buy, especially at boughtitonce.com, will never need to be repaired.
Things break due to being dropped, abused or whatever.

I bought a pair of sandals 2 months ago and I wore them for about 2 hours before they broke! Very annoying to walk around in one sandal. One fabric strap had come apart from the lower half. It was not glued properly when manufactured.

Superglue saved the day. A quick trip to 7-11 and a small tube of superglue in hand… and the shoe was better than new in just 10 minutes. Hopefully, I will get a few years out of the sandals as well as my repair.

Handy repair materials to pack for around the house, a holiday or business trip would include :

Penknife

Superglue

String

Elastic band

Paperclip

Hot glue gun

Sewing needle and thread

And finally but not least.. Duct tape.

Repairing your purchase may simply get you out of a bad situation while on holiday or may add years to the life of a product you use at home. Much better than putting in the trash.

All the best for long life product searching!

BIFL Export quality

Buy it once, buy it for life, export qualityFor the past 4 years, I have been living part of the year in Mexico and part of the year in Thailand. Consumers in both countries are on a steep rise to, God knows where too, but one thing evident is quality. Domestic products made locally, have awful quality while exported goods have “export” quality.

At buy it once, buy it for life, export quality is what we look for and product satisfaction via durability is paramount to not wasting money.

That’s what this website is all about… recommending to readers about stuff that actually lasts!

Many of the items I buy in Thailand and Mexico broke VERY quickly. I realized after some trial and error what was going on… second-grade quality was being sold in these countries and consumers are being ripped off!

Before you buy that off-brand microwave oven, or an item that has a really low price, please consider the true cost of that purchase. Buying it twice!

Enjoy a beautiful day. If you really need to buy something that lasts.. then enjoy shopping here at BuyItOnceBuyItForLife. Thanks. 🙂

 

 

Consumerism and wastefulness

buy it for life,bifl, buy it onceA survey conducted in 2015 and commissioned by the British charity Barnardo’s, found that the majority of women’s clothing items are only worn 7 times on average. After 7 times, the article is relegated to the top shelf of a closet until it is finally donated or given to family or friends.

Combatting this wastefulness is at the heart of my business here at buyitoncebuyitforlife.com. I have plenty of company and have scoured the internet and online shopping malls to find the most economical products in growing number of clothing brands offering alternatives to this disposable shopping economy. Brands such as Zady, Patagonia, Cuyana, and The 30 Year Sweatshirt are becoming more and more popular as many of us find a way to make the world a greener place to live in.

If not we, shall all surely drown in our own wastefulness!

Each year the trend has been for Americans to buy more clothing each year than they have ever done so before. Consumers shopped for an average of 64 items of clothing each year and about seven pairs of shoes per year. In the 1990’s this figure was half. So with DOUBLE consumption, in just 20 years, manufacturers and purchasers are climbing onboard the idea of more will mean less. In the long-run.

I hope you enjoy perusing some of the products here at buy it once, buy it for life, for these very reasons. Enjoy a beautiful day.