Going Cheap with These Five Items Could Cost You Dearly in the End

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 Going Cheap with These Five Items Could Cost You Dearly in the End

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There’s a balancing act that a lot of preppers face when it comes to gathering supplies. On the one hand, there is a need to buy certain items which can sometimes be expensive. On the other hand, economics sometimes dictate that saving money has high priority. The balance most reach is getting the least expensive stuff they think will work for them. This makes more than a little sense.

 

Many times inexpensive items are just as functional (or “good enough”) as compared to their higher-priced name-brand competitors. However there is a potential downside when it comes to a few things in a few situations.

 

Doc Montana at Survival Cache looked into the dilemma – can a “cheaper” product do the job? Or is it a potentially deadly pitfall to avoid. Please read his assessment.

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Doc examined five common survival items which, if poorly made (which sometimes accompanies “ceap”) can actually backfire – even to the point of getting you killed. In short, sometimes the quality really counts.

 

  1. Compass

 

The job of this simple little device is to point north – and nothing else. The rest of orientation and navigation is up to you. A faulty model, even if only slightly off, can lead to disaster. A single degree, spread over many miles, equals a huge departure. Doc recommend sticking with trusted name brands.

 

  1. Knives

 

Like a compass, a knife has but one job – to cut. What it cuts and when is up to you. A cheap or poorly forged blade may work well for some tasks. Or it may work for a few times. For survival you need consistent quality. A good blade keeps performing under pressure. Poor ones usually do not. That can become problematic.

 

Doc recommends quality blades from known manufacturers from the U.S., England, Finland, Japan, and Germany. These have acquired their reputations (and price) for a reason.

 

  1. Flashlights

 

There’s no shortage of available lights – with prices from $ .99 to hundreds of dollars. Odds are, you’re safe somewhere in between.

Light is critical for seeing, an important sense. In a desperate situation, when you need to seen, you really need to see. Look for well-made lights that deliver constant brightness with consistency. Battery quality matters too.

 

  1. Backpacks or BOBs

 

Cheap or poorly made bags tend to fall apart, sometimes fast. And it usually happens at the worst possible time. You don’t need the bottom literally falling out when you hit the bug out trail, carrying all that vital material.

 

Doc has great recommendations, more than a few, about what to look for in a good bag. In short, you get what you pay for. Go ahead and spend a little more for better design and strength.

 

  1. Ammo

 

Amazingly, some people spend over $1,000 for a really good firearm and then load it with the cheapest rounds they can find. This is a recipe for a misfire or a jam. If that happens when you really have to get a shot off, you’re in trouble.

 

It’s important to use better ammo and to practice with it to check performance in your weapon.

 

These principles of quality over price can be generally applied to other items as well. If you have to save money, look for better items when they are on sale.

 

Scrimping is good in some areas. It is downright counterproductive, even dangerous in others. Buyer beware.

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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