Odd reasons a purchase was questioned by others

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Agreed. Due to this fact, I have been getting most of my recent purchases pre-owned. I can usually get 30% or more off for lightly used gear which helps with depreciation. I'm still new to guns so I'm in the accumulation stage. Should not need to downsize for some time. Also I try to limit how many new calibers I buy just to keep ammo costs in check. I reload, so that is a whole other continent of the gun world.

Knives I have been in for several years, so my collection has really plateaued. I have a very narrow spec of what I like to carry and can pinpoint which knives I would like and carry based on photos and specs now. That is after going through dozens of knives that look cool, but didn't make it into my pocket. Either too big, too fat, too wide, too small, materials I didn't care for, etc. It takes much time and money finding what you like in any given hobby, which really is half the fun. Trying new things and growing in knowledge and appreciation for the thing/activity.
Lol, you don't even want to get me started on reloading and components. I have been doing that since 1970. Then I got into casting my own lead bullets. Buddy, you can't even walk in my man cave. And knives , lol, they take up my two sock drawers.
 
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dude me and the friends i grew up with in the 80ties , still have all our bmx stuff,, i got a redline pl20 with vector bars , and harry leary my old diamond back turbo and swing bike . glad i kept them they go for over 3 grand nowadays , bear trap pedals , oakley grips . they had diamondbacks and hutch stuff .
Man if you still have all the original parts for the HLT like the cranks and wheels they sell for crazy money. My friend sold his for $5G. But I hear they can sell for even higher!
 

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As hobbies go, the knife hobby is pretty affordable. My brother got into Lionel trains. He probably still is but his house burnt down and all the trains, guns, and everything else went up in smoke. I don't know if he got back into the Lionel train thing. I even bought him a few cars to add to his layout.

My older brother has turned into a "bird watcher" and has made a great deal of effort over a fairly large area to look for and photograph birds. I envy his pictures. The ones I see are really good. Photography to me is a hobby, a serious one, but still a hobby.
I bet your older bro has a real nice and expensive (in other peoples minds) set of binoculars. Good optics are a must for birding and he sounds serious about the hobby. I enjoy birding as well as collecting knives.
 
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I bet your older bro has a real nice and expensive (in other peoples minds) set of binoculars. Good optics are a must for birding and he sounds serious about the hobby. I enjoy birding as well as collecting knives.
I asked him once what power of binoculars he uses for birding. He told me 10x and as I recall he is using a Nikon branded binocular. So, not really high end. He is not into buying really expensive gear. A $100-$150 knife would be crazy expensive to him. But he might spend $5K on a big lens. Photography goes hand in hand with his outdoor writing he does. It is a part time job for him and he loves it. So the lenses and cameras are business expenses plus travel is a business expense as long as he shows a "profit". He has a couple columns that he writes weekly. He has used some of my black bear and whitetail pictures for his articles in the past. It is always a matter of time before he has his own collection of such. This fall he has gotten some good ones. Some of his Bald Eagle pictures are incredible. He's fortunate to live in an area where they have become fairly plentiful in the last 10 years. But he takes pictures of lots of different birds, not just "special birds".

My other brother has just retired and he is becoming much more active in the outdoor photography arena now. I suspect he will be getting a new DSLR camera and some better lenses in the next year or so. He needs to learn and depend on using a tripod more. :D I see many pros who use monopods however.
 
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Hickory n steel

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People always question. My usual answer is “much less than your POS, made in ***** cellphone”.

That's funny.
I'm happy with my sub $100 phones I get a couple years out of.
iPhones may last longer but screens inevitably scratch and they all end up becoming outdated eventually anyways so I see no need.
 

FullMetalJackass

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That's funny.
I'm happy with my sub $100 phones I get a couple years out of.
iPhones may last longer but screens inevitably scratch and they all end up becoming outdated eventually anyways so I see no need.
You're a mentalist! Or I must have been thinking too hard about that precise brand of phone.
 

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I don't bother showing them to people much anymore.
If I'm out using it, and someone asks about it I'll talk about the knife with them...usually makes the conversation go better when they see me actually using it for something. :)

Then, even if they think the price is too much, it doesn't seem like a total waste because it's actually being used. :thumbsup:
 
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Without getting too lost in the cell phone topic, my first smartphone was a Nexus 4 that I used for 5 years. Then I splurged on an Asus Zenfone 4 for $250 going on 2 years. I use a data sim for $15 a month (4GB data a month) and use a VOIP app for phone calling (all in northern coin). Now that's cheap.
 
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