John Ruskin

John Ruskin on Prices:

It’s unwise to pay too much. But it’s worse to pay too little.
When you pay too much, you lose a little money, that is all.
When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything because the
thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.
The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and
getting a lot. It can’t be done.
If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for
the risk you run.
And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.
There is hardly anything in the world that someone can’t make a little
worse and sell a little cheaper – and people who consider price alone
are this man’s lawful prey.

John Ruskin
1819 – 1900