There are a lot of people who don’t consider the actual cost of things, not just in terms of money. For instance the last time I bought a pillow, it was on sale at $150, regularly $300 (yeah, sure pal), and I had some friends who thought that was expensive. But my head is on this pillow 8 hours a night (or 6 hours, okay), more than 300 nights per year, and it’s going to last at least two years, and I don’t wake up in the morning with a stiff neck. So the cost per use is like 12 cents a night, with the added value that I sleep easier and wake up feeling better, things you can’t put a price on.
There are cheaper pillows. They have to be replaced more often, and I might wake up in the morning with a stiff neck.
It’s kind of the same with a chair. I had a job where I got a backache a couple of hours into the workday, every single day, because of the chair. Being a cheap chair, it eventually just got so cockeyed it didn’t work at all. I got a much better chair–I think maybe it was a $300 chair but probably less, because we bought a whole bunch of them, on the recommendation of some ergonomics expert–and amazingly enough, no backache.
So let’s say you have a chair you have to sit in 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year. How much does that chair cost per use? How long will it last? How will you feel? What is its true value? It might actually be a great deal at $650.