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Unless you live under a rock, you know that today was (and still is for a while longer) Cyber Monday. You’ve received countless emails (including one from us at Road Holland) about deals, deals, and more deals. You’ve probably pressed the delete button a lot.

While Richard and I are retailers now, we’re also consumers and we’re probably going to do our fair share of shopping tonight as well. However, one thing this business has taught us is to be more discerning in what we buy.

To borrow a phrase from Henry Royce, the founder of the eponymous automobile company, “The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.” Aldo Gucci, founder of the leather goods company that bears his name stated the same thing in another way, “The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded from memory.”

So are we telling you not to buy today? No - nothing of the sort. We’re just telling you to be smart about what you buy. Whether it’s a TV or pair of socks, look for quality, integrity, and timelessness from the brands you consider.

I’ve just moved houses and maybe the reality of having too much worthless stuff is still fresh in my mind. But, what is also fresh in my mind is how the really good stuff I own has stayed with me through countless moves. They’re the things I unpack first and often hand carry. They are never part of a periodic purge. I’m writing of things like the sheepskin lined gloves I bought in Florence on my college grand tour in 1992, my Outward Bound emblazoned Swiss Army knife that I earned, my Ferragamo loafers that have seen more airports than a 747, and my Sony shortwave radio which is obsolete but still a dream to look at. I can’t recall what any of these items cost but I know they were worth every penny.

Happy shopping everyone.

- Jonathan

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