In the history of my life I have a recurring pattern that I have had to overcome. I often avoiding buying the best and often go for something that is not the best.
Part of the reason is financial. Buying less than the best is typically cheaper.
The other reason is that I like to root for the underdog. I’m not sure why exactly, but I’ve always liked to support the underdog. In some cases that can be fun or beneficial, but most often it’s not. If the underdog had the better product, then it would make sense, but it seems like that’s not typically the case.
I was never allowed to have a game system as a child. We had computers instead, and while that was great, I always wanted a Nintendo. Finally, when I graduated high school and got my first job, I had the ability to buy my own game system. You would think I would have gone out and bought the latest Nintendo. Instead, I bought a Sega Genesis. The Sega was fun, but it really wasn’t the best. It was second best.
I’m not sure what propelled me to buy the second best. Maybe because it was new, or maybe because not everyone had one.
Actually, the “everyone doesn’t have it” has driven me as well. I’ve never liked blindly following the crowd. Looking back, I see that in some cases this avoiding the popular hasn’t been well thought out. Sometimes the popular is just popular because of a name or a reputation, but sometimes it’s popular because it’s actually better.
Continuing the game system example, a number of years later I bought a Playstation 2. At the time it was the best game system. The result of this purchase was that I had many years of fun game playing. The top game platforms typically get the best games, so that was an additional benefit.
More recently, when it came time for me to buy a computer, I decided to go with a Mac. I constantly heard great things about Apple products and had many bad experiences with Windows products. I decided to make thw switch to Apple and have been pleased with the results. Battery life is great, the hardware is solid, and the operating system is easy to use.
In the non-tech category, Dream and I both went through a number of cheapo sunglasses over the years. A few years back we upgraded to some nice polarized Maui Jims. Wow what a difference. The quality of the lenses and the polarization makes a huge difference. They drastically reduce the glare and actually make it easier to see, as opposed to the cheapos that just make things a little darker.
I have more examples from my life that I could probably bore you with, but the just of it is this: I’ve always been satisfied when buying the best and I’ve typically been dissatisfied when buying less than the best.
What has your experience been? Have you settled for mediocre and later regretted it?