I keep having to dig this up, so I’ve made it a Page now.
When you buy something cheap and bad, the best you’re going to feel about it is when you buy it. When you buy something expensive and good, the worst you’re going to feel about it is when you buy it.
Yeah, you can feel great buying something low-end. But after the initial vanity rush subsides, you’re going to regret using the damn thing every damn day and kick yourself for wasting that precious money. It’s always better to wait and save for the good stuff.
Update: Now with more advice!
If you’re always buying cheap, generic crap, not only are you making your life miserable, you’re sending yourself a terrible message: “I’m not worth it.” Get used to quality. Get used to being worth it. You’ll be more successful if you do.
Even more than the benefit of buying something once and never having to think about it again, using shitty quality stuff is draining. It’s grating. It’s aggravating. It’s a huge waste of time. It shifts your focus away from your goal and focuses it on what a piece of shit this tool is, or how a monkey could have done a better job designing it. It also reinforces the mindset that you’re cheap. “Stuff is cheap, so I don’t need a lot of money.” “I’m happy with mediocrity.”
Update December 15, 2013: Because My Head Is Thick