I prefer quality even if it costs more because that's really what it comes down to. You can definately tell the difference between a barber shop and a salon. Generally you have a successful business either way, because while salons are less friendly, they are greedy and charge more for a haircut, so they make money, and the barber shop is too packed sometimes which calls for a longer wait, however, bringing the quality factor back in, I see that the shop has been there for 30/40/50 years and has been passed down to family and or friends who all have a passion for cutting hair, not in it for the money.
Money cannot buy happiness, and that definately shows true when I compare the two.
It's the same thing with restaurants. I like an crowded place as it shows the restaurant is of good quality, but on the same ticket, I like an uncrowded location to enjoy myself more instead of having to buy a hearing aid just to hear myself think...
It's not just the food or haircut, it's the atmosphere that matters equally.