Why going cheap isn't necessarily a good thing

There is hardly anything in the world that someone cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price alone are that person?s lawful prey.
It is unwise to pay too much, but it is also unwise to pay too little.
When you pay too much, you lose a little money, that is all.
When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything because the thing you bought is incapable of doing the thing you bought it to do.
The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot? It can’t be done.
If you deal with the lowest bidder it is well to add something for the risk you run.
And if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.

— By John Ruskin (1819-1900), English author, artist, art historian and social thinker.

This is something that has become increasingly relevant in the smartphone and PC markets in recent years. Getting a cheap Android phone instead of an iPhone, or instead of a higher quality (read: supported directly by Google) Android phone might save the buyer a few bucks in the beginning, but will potentially result in greater frustration afterwards. The same holds true for laptops, especially the oh-so-great Ultrabooks.

I’m not even going to go into the topic of how at this point people pay a negative Apple tax for most of their products, compared to other vendors.

Alex Hoffmann @mangochutney