'Buy cheap, buy twice' is an old English proverb. In our rush to get the best bargain, our use of comparison websites or our drive to find value for money, it is something we tend to forget. People, we say, don't value something that is free. We may tell our patients: 'You get what you pay for' when explaining the cost of their private treatment.
These thoughts came to mind when I heard last week of a handpiece that 'exploded' in the mouth of a patient. Apparently it looked genuine, had a reputable makers name on it, but it was a fake bought off the internet, not from a reputable supplier.