We are all very aware of todayâ€™s throw-away culture. In her recent book the Story of Stuff, published in May 2010 in the UK, Annie Leonard discusses how only 1% of products that we buy are in use 6 months later. You can see her talk about it in this excellent short animated discussion at The Story of Stuff.
But itâ€™s not just the consumer culture that is to blame for this huge wastage. Many of us want to follow the latest fashions, be they in the consumer world or business to business sector. Because fashions come and go, products are often made without much regard to quality so they can be sold cheaply. And here lies another problem – cost. If something is only going to be used for a short space of time then whatâ€™s the point in spending a lot of money on it?
But, and here is my point, what if the product is meant to last and its failure would have serious safety implications? The â€œpile â€˜em high, sell â€˜em cheapâ€ culture cannot be applied here, can it? Unfortunately it often is.
I know negotiation on price is part of business but compromise shouldnâ€™t be. Take for example the LCM Systemsâ€™ shackle load cells for lifting and weighing applications in harsh, rugged industrial environments. Known throughout the world as manufactured to the highest possible specifications in high tensile carbon steel and using Crosby or Greenpin shackles, there is no doubt that they can do the job, day in, day out without any safety or quality issues. So why are people buying cheaper? LCM Systems is not the only company (unfortunately 😉 ), who sell such high quality products, so itâ€™s simply a matter of choice.
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It really is a case of Caveat emptor â€“ Buyer Beware. The cheap shackle load cells you are buying may claim to be equal, but is the safety of your personnel and the reputation of your company worth saving a few hundred dollars or pounds?
When quality, reliability and accuracy are essential, please check out the credentials of the company you are buying from â€“ it could save someoneâ€™s life