Cheap refers to everything that goes into making the product. For example, If I am looking for a pair of sandals for the summer I am going to consider the materials used, how it's assembled and the support I have with the shoe. Is it made of rubber or leather? Did they sew or glue the straps to the bottom of the shoe? Do I feel like I'm walking on the ground or is there a decent platform to keep my feet elevated?
There's nothing wrong with wearing cheap items. Sometimes it's smarter to purchase cheaply but that's only if the items are priced at their appropriate value. If you're only going to wear an item a few times throughout the year, you may not need to invest in high quality. However, don't spend $200 on a polyester top that is attempting to pass itself off as silk. You should be a smart shopper and know the value of merchandise.
I think this is where the belief that cheap is equivalent to pricing comes in. We see a price that's marked down and say, "OMG, that's so cheap!" However, it is often a tactic used to make you think you're getting a great deal, when sometimes that's what the original price should have been. Other times, we'll fall in love with an item and then when we see the price, we gasp and may even get angry and say it's too expensive or overpriced.
We only say these things when we find an item that's way below our budget or when something is over our budget. We relate it to our financial status. Something that's expensive for one person may be "cheap" for another person. We should really think of these items as it relates to their value. If you find a real leather jacket for only $100 then you've found an awesome deal because you purchased a high quality item for less than it's worth. It is not a "cheap" item, it is a cost-effective or inexpensive item.
So don't be fooled by brands, price tags or the appearance of items. Know when you are purchasing cheap items and quality items. Try to get the most value for your pieces for less whenever possible and never purchase an expensively cheap item.
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