What Would You Pay?: Pillow Talk

So often, I’ll be flipping through one of the many, many catalogues I get every month and I’ll come across some product that really strikes me with its design or color or sparkle-factor. I’ll fall in love with it immediately, and upon checking the price – it’ll almost always be more than I’m willing to pay.

…But I’m really, really cheap. Cheap to the point that I think everything should be $5, and if it’s not, I’m not buying it. (Unless it’s cheese or coffee.) Realistically, I’ll probably have to pay more than $5 for… most things in my life, so I have to curb my ultra-cheap leanings in order to survive, most of the time.

So when it comes to something like, saythe price of a pillow, I’m not entirely sure how much is justifiable. If it can’t be $5, how much is too much?

I’m starting up this new maybe-feature to encourage a discussion about prices. What would you pay for a certain type of product? How much is too much? What price is a real steal?

I think there are a lot of people out there like me, who just want to spend as little as possible on their lifestyle without sacrificing quality or aesthetic, but aren’t really sure how much they should be willing to shell out. I want this feature to help them-slash-me! (Mostly me.)

Today, I want to talk about the price of pillows.

How much would you pay for pillows?

There’s a way wider range of pillow prices than I ever imagined. $500 for a single pillow? Much less, a pillow with a monochrome chevron design is $500? Why?

Oh, right. ~*Designer*~. That’s not any chevron, kids – that’s a Missoni chevron. Different than all of the other chevrons forever because it was spun from the chevron-primed fibers of the rare & elusive chevron plant found only in Narnia.

…and by that I mean “polyester & cotton” from “one is a plant and one is plastic” from “Italy.” 

The striped, $400 pillow? By a brand with the word Interiors in the name, so you know it’s the genuine pillow article.

The third one has a cover you need to dry clean, so I’m not even going to make a joke about it because really?

When I make it – when I strike it rich – you’ll know it from the spacious, empty apartment with a single Missoni pillow on the floor. This is the life! 

Why are these pillows so expensive? The top row is full of pillows found at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Do they look particularly cheap? They have the same credentials – square, full of polyester, decorative, and fluffy. How is it possible that they can sell what appears to be a pillow worth $500 for only $9.99? The pillow furthest to the right on the top row is even a cool, Threadless collaboration and the other two – the mustard-colored patterned pillow and the blue/green, bindi-inspired pillow – are both indoor/outdoor pillows, so you can bring that sucker outside and sit in the middle of your lawn! Try that with a Missoni pillow.

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How much would you pay for one pillow?

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Lindsay Ginn

Livin' in your basement, eatin' your canned foods.

  • Prices for some pillows are crazy. I always like Target pillows, but they’re always like $30 and that makes me want to scream!

    • Right?? I mean, luckily Target has a great clearance section and stuff – but I almost always like their new, full-price stuff better. Pillows, why are you so hard?!

  • So true!! When did pillows become so ridonkulously expensive? I also check out Target for pillows, especially their clearance sections. I found some ‘Nate Berkus’ pillows for around $7 ea. (I only ended up with one cuz it’s spot clean only.) I think the most I would ever spend on a pillow would be around $30, but it would have to be a real kick-arse pillow, js.

    • Oooh, $7 is a STEAL!! Nice find! I think $30 would be my maximum, too, and yeah – it better be The Most Perfect Pillow ever!!