Posted by Aether
Computer parts is sort of true but it's another thing that you can get big discounts on by shopping around at the right places, reading benchmark reviews, buying OEM, etc. There are frequently significantly cheaper computer parts that will benchmark comparatively or better than their more expensive counterparts.
I don't think either of those really fall under his description. I would shop around for better prices on both of those things whereas with something like surgery I agree, I will take the most expensive one, no questions asked.
I see your logic in that argument. I guess I wasn't specific enough, though. I certainly would advise shopping around to anyone looking to buy computer parts, but if for example you found two motherboards that did the exact same thing (or at least are listed as doing the exact same thing by their respective manufacturers) like having the same number of PCI and memory slots, onboard sound, LAN, etc. etc. you'd pretty much always be doing yourself a favor in buying the more expensive one built by ASUS or something as compared to a cheap brand. Same goes for memory. A 1GB stick of Joeblow's Memory Inc. vs. a stick of Corsair or something like that.
Although I do agree that a better argument would be prostitutes. As someone who lived in Europe for 4 years, I can definitely ahem... shall we say "vouch" for that argument