I know you love the feeling when you luck out and you get something at discount or from a lesser known brand that holds up beyond your expectation. But more often than not, this tough life lesson slaps you in the face: you get what you pay for. Value matters more than cost and price isn’t everything.
True story: I received a call a couple of months ago from a new yurt owner who told me, “I bought my yurt from ABC Yurts about 10 months ago and my roof has started to leak.” My first response was, “why don’t you call them? It is probably still under warranty.” The caller went on to explain that ABC wouldn’t return his call and he didn’t want their product anymore anyway. He would rather pay for a new roof from Rainier than try to get a fully covered replacement roof from their yurt manufacturer.
The caller figured out the hard way that the price of his ABC Yurt + a new Rainier Yurt roof would have cost him more than he would have spent on a new Rainier Yurt in the first place, with better quality construction, longevity, customer service, and resale value. Ouch.
Most yurts look the same. They’re round, they have a dome or skylight at the top, they have rafters, lattice, soft-sided roof and walls, and a door. However, not all yurt companies are the same. There are three major manufacturers in the United States. That is no secret. All three make an excellent product and stand by their work. (Personally, I would stay in that bracket and not go outside of that circle of three just because the shipping will be less.) There is an unavoidable good-better-best ranking and that is dependent on the value of the purchase as it is related to your return on investment. ROI measures the amount of return on an investment (the yurt), relative to the investment cost.
Say you get a bid from each of the top three yurt companies. One and two are almost identical and the third bid is comparatively higher. Should you throw out #3? No, you should look at the value versus the cost and compare them that way. Quality goes on long after the price is forgotten.
For an example, let us say that car brand Value X has done an excellent job in recent years, producing good looking cars at the lower end spectrum in cost. Many of the models resemble other higher priced makes and models at the other end of the spectrum in cost. Their sedan looks so similar to an Upscale Brand Y sedan that it is difficult to tell the two apart.
While Value Brand X is a perfectly respectable vehicle, what did they do to build that vehicle with that lower price point? Sometimes the only difference is in materials or method of manufacture. Consider these questions: Which one will hold up longer? Which one is built better? Which one is heavier? Which one has a higher safety rating? Which one will have a higher re-sale value? Which one has first-class customer service? The answer is usually Upscale Brand Y because it is built in state of the art facilities with leading edge technologies, techniques, and the highest quality materials available, options that Value Brand X did not take advantage of. It might seem like a good choice in the moment to pay less for a product that is just as good as the higher end one, but sometimes what you save in upfront purchasing costs you exceed in long term repair costs. When considering a yurt, or any potential living space, you want to consider the long term benefits over the short term gain.
All the engineering and parts in our yurt are the best we can manufacture – bar none. We are NOT looking to cut corners (sorry, that’s a pun … a round ring vs. octagonal compression ring!) We aim to be the best, because excellence is a distinction of quality, high caliber of standards, and greater value. Excellence isn’t just something you can buy, it is something you must work hard for and earn. Plain and simple, apples to oranges.
We’ve created a handy table that shows how Rainier Yurts compare to other manufacturer’s yurts. Download it here.