Re: Cheapskate or Spend-O-Matic ?
I am not the cheapskate type that buys everything generic. But I don't get suckered by marketing pitches either -- that is why you won't see any Bose, Apple or Dyson electronics in my house.
As a general rule "you get what you pay for" is accurate, but there are lots of exceptions. That is why companies spend billions of $$$$ on marketing. Perception is more profitable than reality.
My strategy is buy the good stuff and work a little harder to pay for it. My parents were "savers" and I decided early on I would be an "earner". Some people spend so much time and effort trying to save money that their time would instead be better utilized by working some extra hours to make more money.