“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”

Ben Franklin

Picture this. You’re lured in by the siren song of a low-cost laptop. It’s sleek, it’s shiny, and oh, the price is so tempting. You buy it, basking in the glow of that sweet bargain. But then, the glitches start. The system crashes, the keyboard sticks, the battery life dwindles. Soon, that sweet taste of a low price is forgotten, replaced by the sour sting of poor quality that stays with you, long outliving the initial joy of a bargain.

You see, the price tag is just the entry fee, the initial handshake. What really counts is the journey that follows. It’s like investing in a cheap pair of hiking boots for a long trek. Sure, you save some money at the outset, but halfway up the mountain, when your feet are sore and the boots are falling apart, that ‘bargain’ doesn’t feel so sweet anymore.

In the grand scheme of things, true value is about more than just price—it’s about quality, durability, the experience. It’s not just about the cost of entry, but the value of the journey. When the game is long, invest in quality—it’s a move you won’t regret.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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