What does BIFL mean?


This will be a quick post. We are getting a lot of people asking what exactly BIFL is. What does BIFL mean? Let’s jump right into the definition of BIFL.

BIFL stands for “Buy it for life.” This term is used to denote products that are of high quality and craftsmanship and can be reasonably expected to last longer than a cheaper-made counterpart. This doesn’t necessarily mean that a buy it for life product needs to literally last a lifetime. It means that something called BIFL can be assumed to be of high quality and will certainly last you a long time.

Our own defintion of BIFL is:

Buy it for life, or BIFL, is a classification given to products that are durable, reliable and high-quality. The products should have a life-span that is longer than a typical product in that category and will often last decades.

This is about as simple as it gets. It’s good quality products that people have seen last for years, if not decades. We have even seen really amazingly BIFL products last generations. Caste iron pans are a great example of this. But we would argue that a great pair of Red Wing boots could also be considered BIFL if they are taken care of.

On this website we have categorized hundreds of BIFL products, hand-picked based on their durability and reputation. We encourage you to take a look at all of the stuff we think is worth your hard-earned dollar.

For a more detailed analysis of the BIFL definition, check out our post called What is BIFL and why should I care? Check out the Red Wing boots mentioned in the article below:

Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger 6" Boot,Amber Harness,10.5 D(M) US

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  • Made in the USA
  • Mid-height boot featuring stitched cap toe and lace-up closure with speed-lace eyelets at shaft
  • Non-marking/oil-resistant outsole
  • Please note, in the manufacturing process, staples are used to adhere the insole to the plastic last. These staples may penetrate the surface of the insole leaving small holes and pushing up a small amount of the grain of the leather insole.
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