When a price is too good to be true, it usually is. In those cases, you pay with more than money. You pay with resources that the average person doesn't think about.
Let's look at clothes to get a better understanding, as prices for the same clothing type vary a lot.
What are you paying with, when buying cheap clothes? Aside from money, there are a few factors to consider.
Cheap clothes are usually made under bad conditions. The producers save costs by harming the planet and also the people who make them. It could use a design stolen from small independent designers1. You may also be sacrificing quality.
When buying cheap clothes, that's what you might be paying with.
That's the wrong way to save money. So, if possible, please pay with something you own.
Referring to the dozens of accusations against Shein. A good example of where you should question yourself. ↩︎