It's Genuine, But Is It Genuinely Good?

Discount clothing stores like TJ Maxx, Kohl’s, Marshalls, and others tend to sell items such as wallets and belts, and if you’ve ever bought one you may have been surprised to find apparently high-end items for a much cheaper price. For example, Kohl’s sells a Men’s Columbia Genuine Leather Extra-Capacity Slimfold Wallet for $32. That’s pretty good, right? It’s a name-brand product made with “genuine leather,” and that wallet sells elsewhere for more than twice that. The reason it’s so cheap? “Genuine leather” is a bit of a marketing trick. That’s because genuine leather is, at best, mediocre. Leather comes in three grades — the best is “full-grain leather,” one rung down on the scale is “top-grain leather,” and finally, there’s “bonded leather.” Genuine leather can be any of the above — all it guarantees is that the product is actually made of real leather. All this shouldn’t be surprising — you get what you pay for, and if a deal is too good to be true, there’s probably something you’re missing.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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