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Looking Good Vs. Feeling Good

By Bob Proctor

If you’ve ever bought an inferior product in an effort to save some money you’ve most likely been disappointed by the outcome. It’s usually true that cheap things aren’t good and good things aren’t cheap. The inexpensive imitation of quality products is rife and just because something looks good doesn’t signify good (or even adequate) performance.

How many cheap toys have I bought for my five-year old that were broken (or no longer functional) within an hour? Dozens? At least. You would have thought the lesson had been learned by now, right? There’s a saying here where I live… “Made in China, good for thirty days.” With the ninety-nine cent toys it’s usually only 30 minutes! Those cheap imports would also rather ‘look’ good than ‘feel (or work)’ good. Just like Billy!

I received a couple new photos from my Mom and Dad and needed to find some suitable photograph frames to display this latest version of my octogenarian parents. Where I live (in the Philippines) it’s difficult to find quality-made items without paying exorbitant prices (relative to the cost of cheap, Made in China goods). A good alternative is to shop online. We chose to go to the mall. The store had hundreds of choices and most looked pretty good. Everything was produced in some Asian country and the prices were cheap (oops!). We got two gold-looking frames for the equivalent of about a buck each.

Trying to put the pictures in the frames was challenging. Several of the retainers broke and the back was too loose in the frame. This caused the photos to slide down, which I remedied by applying some duct tape to the back. This worked pretty well and was hidden from view so it looked okay too.

After a few weeks the tape started peeling away and the photos started slipping again. I put a couple of rubber bands around each frame and this did a great job of holding everything together but it also looked really funky. It was time to find some new ones.

As I probably should have done in the first place, I went online and found a huge assortment of not only picture frames but also certificate frames (which I also needed). It was easy to find something that looked good and was QUALITY made and, guess what? Made in the U.S.A.!

Buying online is a great option for someone living in an area with limited availability to certain items. The selection is vast and the prices competitive. It’s always a good idea to read some user reviews if you can find some. We’ve got some really nice frames now. Mom and Dad deserve it!

Bob Proctor has been writing articles since 2006 and is an expert on Certificate Frames, however he also likes to write about kids pillows

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Proctor, Bob "Looking Good Vs. Feeling Good." Looking Good Vs. Feeling Good. 22 Jun. 2010. 23 Oct 2014 <>.

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