Friday, September 02, 2011
Sheital Leasing: A Good Deal or Not?
Hat Tip: VIN News
The Ynet article quotes a marketing manager to who compares sheital leasing to car leases. I think my readers are well aware of my opinion that leasing a car is a very, very expensive way to get from point A to point B and is far from a thrifty way to operate a vehicle. Hence, a gut reaction that this too is a fleece. However, while I'm sure I will never be renting a sheital, it might not be a rotten deal at all.
In my, not-so-educated opinion, higher end sheital wearing doesn't compare well to operating a vehicle at all as the alternatives to are far more limited (no, I'm not addressing hats vs. sheitals) and the usable life of the product is much shorter. The bar mitzvah age vehicle sitting outside my house, with as many issues as your average teenager, still serves its main purpose in it's own awkward way. But, I can tell you this, I wouldn't wear it on my head if I woke up tomorrow to find the car had become a sheital. Ventilation is a must, and dents throughout would render the thing unwearable.
A car that has been driven into the ground still has a value, if only at the junk yard for scrap metal. A car that is quite functional can be sold to a wide array of potential, flexible buyers for some real cash. A sheital that has been driven into the group, so to speak, is completely and utterly worthless. A sheital that is perfectly functional has very few potential buyers, and even fewer with the needed flexibility. I've seen people try to sell their twice worn customs for 80% of what they paid. I don't think there are too many takers.
Where sheital wearing does compare better to vehicles is in the realm of maintenance. I believe higher-end sheital wearers do pay for monthly wash and sets, which can run between $20 and $30 a month, making the $75 a month price closer to $60 a month. And, well, with the option to replace the wig once a year. . . . perhaps there is a value?
So regular sheital wearers (i.e. those who wear nearly daily), is sheital leasing at $75 a month a good deal or not when you average out the cost of your wig(s) and their maintenance over their useful life less any resale value?