Our lifestyles depend on the inflation rate. Inflation is an indicator that reveals the true value of our money. When the inflation rate increases, the value of our money decreases. Why? Increased inflation results in price increases. The more prices rise, the less we can buy for the same amount of money.
The inflation rate is officially calculated, controlled and
published. However, there is another type of inflation – when the price stays
the same, but product quality decreases. This type of ‘hidden’ inflation has a
negative impact as it causes us to dig into our pockets more often to repair or
replace poor quality items. We get what we pay for, right? Therefore, if we can
afford it, we are willing to spend that much ‘extra’ for a good brand. Some
large companies have come up with a way to save money by moving their
production to low cost countries.
Unfortunately, this strategy is not always successful. Billion
dollar companies, often well-known and trusted brands, increase their profit
margins by outsourcing production to cheaper manufacturers in low cost
countries resulting in low quality products. By paying for such brands,
consumers enter a “high inflation world”, where they pay more for less. This
means that consumers become poorer by constantly replacing the poor quality
product they purchase over and over again. One way of avoiding paying more
money for poor quality products is to support start-up and ramp-up companies.
What are Start-Ups and Ramp-Ups?
Start-ups are started by an individual or individuals who want to create a repeatable or scalable business model. Start-ups are launched to fulfill a need in a market. Ramp-ups refers to companies that drastically increase their production output to meet the demands of a specific market. For example, a ramp-up company manufacturing women’s clothing may research their market and learn that inferior quality T-shirts are being sold resulting in unhappy customers. The ramp-up company can then choose to increase or ramp-up its output of T-shirts.
Start-up and ramp-up companies thrive in conditions that are
more challenging compared to high end brands. They have to keep a competitive
price and ensure they manufacture products of the highest quality to gain their
market share and win over customers.
How can Start-Ups and Developing Companies Manufacture High
Quality Products and Help You Save Money?
They would have to improve existing processes, create new
technologies, innovate and invent. In this way, start-ups and ramp-up companies
create good quality products of real value and sell them at reasonable prices.
When customers buy products manufactured by new or developing
companies, they enter into “low inflation world” where they pay less money for
better quality products.
What does this mean for customers? It means that novel and
developing companies help customers save money by selling products that last
longer. Customers do not have to replace products as often. Based on market
trends, it is clear that start-ups and ramp-ups offer customers the best value
for money products. If you are willing to see past a popular brand name, you
will save yourself from the expense of replacing poor quality products.
Do not pay more for brands; buy products from start-ups and ramp-up companies because the start-ups will make you rich. Based on the inflation impact, brands make us poor, while start-ups and ramp-ups make us rich.