BIFL Was A Lie | Ten products that are not Buy It For Life Anymore

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Buy it for Life BIFL brands can sometimes take a tumble when it comes to quality. Just because a company made excellent quality products once upon a time, this is not a guarantee that this will continue being the case. It is actually quite common to see successful companies move production to China and start using inferior production techniques and materials. Unfortunately for the consumer, they still think they are buying the old bullet prooft BIFL items. Well, we’ve gone ahead and called a spade a spade with our list of  ten products that are not Buy It For Life Anymore. These once kings of quality products are now simply just consumer grade products that are no different from much cheaper alternatives. Below we will explain why each company isn’t BIFL anymore as well as recommend an alternative product that we still regard as Buy it for Life BIFL


Doc Martens shoes and boots

Doc Martens used to make an excellent pair of boots Unfortunately they have shifted much of their production out of the UK to Asia. Also, their lifetime guarantee only applies to a small fraction of their shoes and boots now. You can probably still find some really good quality Doc Martens that are manufactured in the UK, but unfortunately these will be few and far between.

What to buy instead: We wholeheartedly recommend Red Wing boots as a great BIFL alternative to Doc Martens. These are truly durable and repairable boots that will last years and years.

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Red Wing Heritage Men's Iron Ranger Work Boot, Copper Rough and Tough,...

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$319.95 $319.99

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Pyrex dishware

Pyrex dishes used to be the best possible cook ware you could buy. But now that assertion just isn’t true anymore. You see, old Pyrex dishes used to be made of Borosilicate glass which is incredibly durable under hot temperatures. Now they have mostly switched to normal old soda-lime glass which is prone to cracking and even exploding in the oven. You still can find shatter-proof Pyrex but it is a bit complicated to ensure you are getting the best. Check this infographic out in order to make a good decision.

What to buy instead: Oxo actually makes a really great oven baking alternative to Pyrex.

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OXO Good Grips Freezer-to-Oven Safe 3 Qt Glass Baking Dish with Lid,...

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Coach bags and purses

Coach is synonymous with high quality purses and bags. But did you know that most of their stuff is totally not BIFL anymore? The quality of the leather and craftsmanship has gone way down. The easiest way to make sure you get a good Coach bag is to simply buy their older models. They do offer a few good ones still, but steer clear of any outlet mall Coach stores which sell essentially plastic crap.

What to buy instead: Get a used Coach bag from about 7-10 years ago or the one below which is pretty good quality still and is made in the USA.

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Coach Womens Mini Sierra Satchel Handbag, Crossgrain Leather, Detachable Crossbody Strap (Mini,...

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Timbuk2 bags

A sign of a company that has taken a dive in terms of quality is a bad warranty. That is totally the case with Timbuk2. They use pretty terrible quality fabric and stitching and owners consistently complain of bags failing within a year of owning them. Mostly we see issues with the seems coming loose. And unfortunately Timbuk2’s warranty is restrictive and not up to the task.

What to buy instead: If you’re into messenger bags, a great alternative is Chrome bags. Or check out Osprey for amazing quality bags of all kinds which still have their legendary awesome life time warranty.

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Chrome BG-001-BKBK Black One Size Mini Metro Messenger Bag Chrome Buckle

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Ray Ban sunglasses

Don’t even get us started on Ray Bans. Ever since they were bought out by Luxottica, their quality has been pretty much garbage. And the price is still so high!

What to buy instead: We recommend checking out Randolph Engineering sunglasses instead.

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Randolph Men's Aviator 55mm Bright Chrome/Gray Gradient Nylon One Size

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Keen shoes and boots

Another case of a shoe manufacturer riding on an old reputation for quality. Keen’s hiking boots and sandals simply aren’t built to last anymore. The soles on these shoes will be worn down within a year. Add to that that they really aren’t repairable and you have a very non-BIFL item.

What to buy instead: You can’t go wrong with Merrell Moabs which are still made to very high specs even though they are so popular.

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Merrell Men's Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe, Granite, 10.5 M US

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Gerber knives and multitools

Gerber hasn’t made good knives or multitools for a long time. Sure, they have sponsorships with Bear Grilles, but they aren’t particularly well made or durable. Theu multitools frequently break and the steel used on most of their knives is soft and prone to breakage.

What to buy instead: Leatherman makes some absolutely amazing multitools and knives.

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Leatherman - Wave Multitool, Stainless Steel with Leather Sheath

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Maytag washers and dryers

Once upon a time you couldn’t get a better washer and dryer than a Maytag. No more! Their failure rate has ballooned to the point where we can’t recommend them anymore.

What to buy instead: Check out Speed Queen for washers and dryers that have just the necessities and can be fixed easily.

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Sony products of any kind

Remember when Sony was the highest quality electronics brand in the world. People would swear by Japanese built stuff and Sony rode that reputation for decades. However, now Sony make just as much high volume garbage as anyone.

What to buy instead: For TV’s we actually highly recommend LG’s OLED line. Sony’s high end stuff is actually still good, but not at the price they are asking.

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LG Electronics OLED65E8PUA 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2018 Model)

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$3,996.99 $3,999.99

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Samsonite luggage

Samsonite is probably the most recognizable brand in luggage. Unfortunately it is simply not good. They cheap out on everything from zippers to roller wheels and fabric. And their warranty is just meh.

What to buy instead: Briggs and Riley’s luggage is amazing and has one of the best warranties of any product on earth right now.

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Briggs & Riley Baseline Domestic Carry-On Exp Spinner, Black, One Size

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Consider buying these BIFL products instead (they’ll last)

Here is a list of all of the products that we can safely say are BIFL:

2 Comments
  1. Another good option to buy as opposed to Dr. Martens is Solovair. They manufactured Dr. Martens boots in the UK until 1995. They still hand make all their boots in Wollaston, Northamptonshire in the UK.

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