As Good as a bought one ...
by Tash Hughes of
great at using sayings and expressions, and saying that
it is Ďas good as a bought oneí is common.
It is a way of
saying something is well done, even professionally done,
such that no one could tell the difference between it a
shop bought equivalent.
instances, however, it is more of an insult than a
compliment. Our modern world is so based on
commercialism and buying rather than making than bought
items seem somehow better and that the home made items
are cheap or less valued.
The reality is
that home made items are often much better than the shop
bought. Some of the advantages to home made are as
It can be customised to
your tastes and needs, often at no extra cost; try
telling a department store that you really want a blue
one if they donít stock it!
It may be one-of-a-kind
or part of a limited run, which adds value and interest.
Even where a number of the items exist, each one will
have its own idiosyncrasies to make it unique.
There is craftsmanship
and pride in the little details; home made clothes
usually donít need buttons to be resewn on after one
You will be supporting
an individual and a small business, not a large
Time and effort went
into making the item, and they are precious commodities
A craftsperson does
each piece individually so the quality will be
consistent; shop bought items may have been made in bulk
and thus some defects are more easily missed
You are not paying for
huge overheads in terms of a shop front and advertising
Home made items
include a personal touch; either you buy the item from
the maker or the creator gives it to you as a gift.
Receiving a gift made especially for you is special and
can be displayed with pride.
Next time you
are tempted to compliment someone for making something
Ďas good as a bought oneí, think about how good the shop
bought equivalent really is and give a genuine
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