Whether it's cars or coffee cups, German-made is know for quality, while cheaper imports are usually sold on price. But what does that actually mean?
To begin, it's important to understand Germany's history of production. Up until 2010, Germany was actually the world's largest exporter, even surpassing the billion plus people in China.
The Germans produce leading brands ranging from cars to athletic apparel. Just consider the following names: Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Puma, Adidas, Hugo Boss, SAP, Mont Blanc, Bosch, endless hair care products, and more.
How does this translate to dinnerware and tabletop? While German made products may be more expensive when purchased, over time, quality will always be less expensive than cheaper tabletop imports.
When you pay more for quality, your dollars go further. Cheap things cost more in the long run because you need to replace those items more often. Consider plates. If one plate costs two dollars and lasts five years, it's more cost effective to buy that plate versus one that costs one dollar and lasts two years. Everyone knows this, but why is the principle so hard to grasp and follow?
If you tell me you're replacing (fill in the blank) too often, and if you could find the item for 50 cents less you'd save so much money over time. But in reality, are you exasperating the problem? When you buy smarter, your costs actually go down.
Today's price is insignificant. Cost over time is significant, especially when talking about the tabletop and tray top world of foodservice, and when you boil it down to origin, German-made is known for quality, while cheap imports are sold on price.
Over time, quality will always be less expensive.
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