Well, if we're talking about the difference between something made of Sea Island cotton and something made of your run-of-the-mill cotton, that's one thing. Thread counts, the ply of the fabric, the fit of the garment, etc --- those are all also relatively objective measures of quality. Although if you can't sense a difference --- if you have to be told the thread count is high --- then it's more novelty than anything else. And I think there's a lot of that going on, which is just an extension of the general concept of spending a lot of money because you're rich and you can (or because you want to feel rich, or have people think you are). I personally like to keep my money in money, not in threads, but hey, whatever floats your boat.
post #46 of 49
10/12/06 at 10:40am