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Is Expensive the Way to Go?

If you have ever gone shopping for survival gear, which I’m sure you have, you’ve noticed dramatic differences in prices.

When you take a look at differing knives for instance, you will see pricing for what seems to be the same thing go from $10 up to hundreds of dollars.

Even generic medicines are the same as their name brand counterparts… after all, you can’t cheapen chemicals inside the similar drugs.

One thing that you need to learn how to do is look for quality… not just look for what costs the most, because in most instances, cost makes no difference.

Like any other product, there are brand name and generic items that basically measure up the same.

When you shop for boots, it might be best for you to shop at WalMart.  The type of boots that you get there are almost 1/10 of the price of boots at higher end stores, but work just as well.

It’s really up to you what you buy and how much you spend.  Some people feel more comfortable with cheaper items, but others really want to have that name brand…

What type of survival shopper are you?

Do you have any tips you want to share?  We want to hear from you.


  1. Somewhat disagree with your assessment about some cheaper things being “just as good”. It’s always been my experience with pretty much everything that “you get what you pay for”.
    Be it firearms, knives or boots, anything that is 1/10 of the price that works just as good, will only work just as good for about 1/10 (or less) of the actuall use time.
    Of course, there are exceptions. Some high end brands are pricey based solely on their fashionable brand stamp or popularity. In another example, maybe the base model would be just as functional as the “all the bells and whistles” version ( the Toyota celica would probably last as long as the Lexus and work just as we’ll)
    I haven’t brutalized a lot of knives and firearms to the point of failure, so I can’t speak from a position of authority there, but boots I have. I CAN tell you that cheap Walmart brama’s and such will never hold up like redwings, or Rocky, Irish setter , etc. , and probably aren’t that good for your feet.
    To summarize , I guess I’m saying that forking over extra in some instances for the peace of mind to have a known brand name with a solid rep for quality and durability is worth the price tag.
    Just my opinion.

  2. In addition to what Steve said; I have found that buying “cheap” sometimes (not always) can actually be more expensive in the long run. When I have to replace a broken item several times, the total costs of the product usually is more than what I would have paid originally for the better quality one. That does not even count the gas, time and frustration. I learned the hard way when buying automotive tools. I ruined a number of sockets and wrenches as well as the bolts. Ditto on shoes and boots. It would be even worse in a disaster or survival situation if there are no stores available to replace the broken equipment. To the expression that 2 is 1 and 1 is none; I would add, cheaply made products are almost equal to none. This is not a universal rule that “you get what you pay for”. Research and experience will guide a person in deciding when to go cheap in price. So will budget. I have a cheap gun that has served me well for many years. The cheap no brand jeans work just as well as the over priced brand stuff. The cheap multi tools have worked for me as well as the expensive brand. Services also can be of equal quality for less money when dealing with smaller businesses with less overhead.

    “when shopping for survival gear” has another issue to address. I discovered that some businesses dealing with survival gear and products will play on people’s fear and jack up the price for the exact same product found elsewhere on the internet. I have pointed it out 2 or 3 times now when forum people posted a link to a vendor. I quickly did a search, found the same stuff cheaper and posted a reply. So, it is still caveat emptor, even with fellow preppers.

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