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Here are a few of my best tips to help you decide when you should buy a brand name product and when to skip the fancy packaging that’s housing a product identical to the generic brand.
Over the Counter Drugs
Diamonds and Fine Jewelry
If you go to an independent jeweler, a diamond district, or even better, a jeweler you know or have been referred to, you can find the same pieces for a fraction of the price, and often created with more attention to detail and artwork. You have to know their language from the 4 C’s and the importance of certification, but it will be well worth it in the end to get more for your money and a unique piece that can’t be picked up from just any mall store. There are also certain online resources (like Pricescope) that will give you a wealth of information to keep you from wasting thousands of dollars.
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