Well Spent features honestly crafted products that look good and don’t cost an arm and a leg.
Honestly crafted can mean many things. It can mean manufactured in first world / non-sweatshop conditions, or made using sustainable materials, or it can simply mean built to last a lifetime. The items featured here run the gamut.
All of the information that appears on this site has been gathered with cooperation from the brands featured. I can only vouch for the information’s veracity insofar as it is what I have been told.
All questions, comments and product pitches can be sent to brad[at]well-spent[dot]com
Thanks for reading,
Founder / Editor
Since starting Well Spent, I’ve had the great pleasure of befriending a number of the brands we’ve featured. And in some cases, those friendships have evolved into working relationships. While my role with each brand has varied – tasks have ranged from press outreach, to web design, to product consulting – one thing has remained consistent throughout, and that is our shared beliefs regarding business and manufacturing practices. To this day, I’ve only taken on clients whose ethos match my own. In fact, every brand I’ve worked with actually appeared on Well Spent long before any kind of professional relationship had been established. They’re all companies I respect, and believe in, and I feel tremendously grateful for the opportunity to help them along their way.
That said, it’s important that our readers know that we’ve never run a sponsored post on Well Spent, nor have we ever featured a product solely because it was made by one of my clients or one of our advertisers. In order for something to be appear on this site, it has to meet the Well Spent criteria (attractive, affordable and made in the US or similar first-world / non-sweatshop conditions). That’s always been the case, and that’s never going to change.
If you’d like to see a full list of everyone I’ve worked with, you can check out my portfolio site here.
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