“Buy Cheap, Buy Twice”

As a child from the sixties, I remember the days of poor quality goods from China or South Korea, and as soon as you get them home – They Break!  Unfortunately this quality issue still remain, as many project managers and parents will find out over the festivities. But this issue is not just confined to the every day person trying to make their budgets stretch further,  as a major Brazilian mining giant found with a project involving a 400,000 ton iron ore carrier . Not quite a small toy!

The ship is part of the company’s35 ship order being built at Asian yards – a wildly ambitious multi-billion dollar plan by the (ousted) former chief executive, to cut freight costs.

On its maiden voyage, two of the ship’s ballast tanks cracked during the loading process and the grandly-named ‘Vale Beijing’ was taking on water in the balmy waters of northern Brazil. Engineers have concluded that both vessels needs major repairs. I wonder who will be paying for the repair bill. I am sure lawyers on both sides will be rubbing their hands with glee at the thought of a major international law suit.      To read more:   http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2011/12/09/steering-vales-megaships-away-from-china/#axzz1gQcgqGp7

My Gran’s old saying “Buy cheap, buy twice” comes to mind.

The same can be said with street furniture and school playground equipment. Unfortunately there are many cheap imports flooding the European, UK and American markets.  Mainly copies of original works that were designed to a quality standard and made by quality companies that have been making products for the street furniture markets for years.

The only way to ensure quality and sustainability is to purchase off reputable companies based in travelling distance from you. You can then go and see the goods being designed and handcrafted, especially worthwhile on big budget schemes for school playgrounds or  street furniture projects.  Look for manufacturers who have a passion for what they do as they will usually offer better guarantees and back up services if any thing does go wrong. They are also within easy reach of your site, so can be with you within hours.

At Pendlewood street furniture and school playgrounds, we offer that level of service to all of our customers. They can visit our 18000 square foot workshops and see, feel and smell our handcrafted street furniture being designed and made.

We also offer a bespoke service where your design ideas can become reality. Bespoke street furniture and bespoke school playgrounds.

For School projects,  we are more than happy for pupils to visit.  We supply all the bob the builder hats and safety equipment. We even let them get “hands on” and put their own stamp on the project   – A truly personal touch,  from a truly personal company

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