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When you buy a big ticket item #5464095 06/27/20 12:19 PM
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Is your foremost concern longevity/reliability or is there other considerations? I know sometimes reliability and longevity are mutually exclusive

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It depends what the item is.

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Generally I get more satisfaction out of having things for a long time, than having the latest and greatest. I really like cars when they're new and when they're really old and comfortable like an old shoe. It's those in-between years where it's tough to resist the urge to sell, but I just chant "money-in-the-bank" until the feeling goes away.


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Re: When you buy a big ticket item [Re: Speak2Mountain] #5464109 06/27/20 12:32 PM
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I use several methods depending on what the item is

Re: When you buy a big ticket item [Re: Speak2Mountain] #5464116 06/27/20 12:41 PM
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Whatever makes me happy.

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Cost is important. Finding items like a lawn tractor to spend better then bargain (just spent $1800) but don’t buy the $5000 John Deere either with only 50% more life.

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Re: When you buy a big ticket item [Re: Speak2Mountain] #5464143 06/27/20 01:12 PM
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Define “big ticket”...

$1,000 TV or phone?

$50,000 car?

$300 tool?

Different considerations in each category, but in general, I prefer quality over features or slight price advantage.


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For the most part, I want the highest quality I can afford. Quality = longevity and resale value. In this day and age, you can no longer trade on name brand or price, you really have to do your research on virtually everything you buy to know whether it's money well spent or money flushed down the toilet.

We just bought a new washer and dryer, after much research we found that one of the name brands was using a pot metal internal frame on the washer that was corroding and failing within 3 to 6 years. At the price of these darned machines, you want a whole lot more out of them than that! BTW, the failed part was more expensive than replacing the machine. The current major purchase is a new blender, simple, right? No, not really . . . Again, after much research, she's decided on a $550 model. Basically a commercial quality blender that will be able to stand up to the use she intends to put it through.


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Re: When you buy a big ticket item [Re: Burt] #5464154 06/27/20 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Burt
Generally I get more satisfaction out of having things for a long time, than having the latest and greatest. I really like cars when they're new and when they're really old and comfortable like an old shoe. It's those in-between years where it's tough to resist the urge to sell, but I just chant "money-in-the-bank" until the feeling goes away.


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Originally Posted by mbacfp
Originally Posted by Burt
Generally I get more satisfaction out of having things for a long time, than having the latest and greatest. I really like cars when they're new and when they're really old and comfortable like an old shoe. It's those in-between years where it's tough to resist the urge to sell, but I just chant "money-in-the-bank" until the feeling goes away.


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Reminds me of my 84 cutlass. I got it 15 years ago, so not when it was new (I was hardly a year old then) but its like an old shoe.


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Re: When you buy a big ticket item [Re: Speak2Mountain] #5464184 06/27/20 02:10 PM
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I like quality built products like the older S&W revolvers I have.

Re: When you buy a big ticket item [Re: Speak2Mountain] #5464268 06/27/20 03:53 PM
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Vehicles, no, other things that are more meaningful, yes.
My wife and I had a home built on 5 acres. Most everything about the home is an upgrade: Built mainly by Ohio Amish and Mennonite craftsmen, copper infused roofing shingles, 6" studs, 3/4"plywood, no OSB, Rockwool insulation, ceramic paint on the outdoor painted surfaces, impact resistant windows, quartz counter tops, stained interior wood trim and solid interior wood doors, Grohe plumbing fixtures, 2 master bedrooms, over 200' of concrete driveway. Ferris stand on rider, Speedqueen washer which I dislike because of the small tub. My laundry/mud room is set up for two washers and dryers., but it's just my wife and I so we don't have two sets.


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Waste of time without more narrowly defining the question.

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I like quality.
Buy the best you can for the job at hand.


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