It's one thing to buy a product at a deep discount – only to have it crap out on you in a few months, and yet another to pay a premium price for it – and have it last you a lifetime. Trying to figure out when to pay the premium price vs. just going with a cheaper version of the item is something you'll have to weigh yourself before you purchase.
I know I have spent a lot of money on cheap products. Sure, I saved some at the time of purchase – but I could have saved more had I plunked down more money for a better product that would have lasted longer.
Being an avid golfer, I find myself – from time to time, out in the elements – playing in the rain. While it's not ideal conditions and I try to avoid it – having a durable umbrella is almost a necessity. I've gone through my fair share of 'em while walking along only to have it “blow-up” and get ruined. What if there was one that could withstand heavy gusts/rain and come with a lifetime warranty?
Well, there is one – and there are other products just like it with unbelievable warranties and guarantees you may want to invest in (instead of forking over less money for the cheaper version).
- Davek Umbrellas. Like I was saying – there IS an umbrella out there with a lifetime warranty. It's from the folks at Davek in New York and they sell umbrellas and bags. As you might imagine the umbrellas are not a few bucks. They cost as much as $150 for their “elite” model. All come with an “unconditional lifetime guarantee” (provided you register the umbrella after purchasing).
- Saddleback Leather. I'm in need of a wallet. The one I have now, I got for free – but it hasn't even lasted a year. I think now is the time to invest in leather. I've heard some great things about Saddleback's customer service – and so I'm going to be trying out one in the near future (the one I'm looking at is $20 – so not unreasonable). The great thing about their products is they come with a 100-year warranty (clever huh?). So even your descendants can make good on the warranty once you pass on. Saddleback sells most leather goods – from wallets to belts, to luggage.
- Cutco. I know there are a lot of cutlery businesses out there today that take pride in their products – but Cutco is among the best in providing folks with a quality product that is backed by their Forever Guarantee. They will replace and even sharpen your cutlery for free (save for the nominal shipping/handling fee) over a product's life. Downside: you will need to contact a “representative” in your area to purchase.
- Rodda Paint. I don't know too many paint companies who would put a lifetime warranty on their products. But, Rodda does with their Ultimate Exterior Paint Line. They claim its the “last house paint you will ever use“. The paint is not cheap – one gallon can run almost $60.
- Fiskars. Fiskars is probably the biggest name in craft scissors. When I was young, I remember my mom owned a pair that she used quite often and it never seemed to lose its “sharpness”. Fiskars also sells gardening tools now – and offers a lifetime product warranty for as long as you own their tools.
- Cree LED Lightbulb. Ever heard of a bulb with a warranty? Cree offers a 10-year warranty on its 9.5W (60W) Warm White LED Bulb. The price of the bulb is about $13 at Home Depot. This is one of those items where you'll need to do the math. Could you save just a tad more with a $1-2 bulb – but replace it every couple years?
- RedHead Socks. Another product you don't usually find warranties on is clothing – especially socks. RedHead offers a lifetime guarantee on these bad boys – so wear 'em out and you can get another pair. They aren't anything special to look at – but for $11.99/pair and a lifetime warranty to boot (no pun intended), you can't complain.
Are there any other unbelievable warranties out there from companies you buy from?
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