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What other things do jacket junkies feel it's not ok to go for the cheapest option

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by red devil, Jan 30, 2019.

  1. red devil

    red devil One Too Many

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    I am following up @Big J 's idea of a thread he came up with in the "Crazy !" thread. Very simple question, which things do you consider worthwhile spending more on and what expenses do you keep as low as possible?
     
  2. Carlos840

    Carlos840 One Too Many

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    I apply

    "Always buy the best you can afford", and "buy cheap buy twice".

    Doesn't mean i always go for the most expensive, but i rarely go for the cheapest option, unless it happens to be the best option.
     
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  3. Bushman

    Bushman Call Me a Cab

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  4. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    Starting over....
    I’ll spend more for:
    -Trousers (jeans and pants)
    -Vacations and travel
    -Food, alcohol and coffee
    -gifts
    -personal tech (situationally dependent)
    -Jackets (obviously)

    I’ll spend less on:
    -undergarments and tshirts
    -shoes (chuck taylors and a pair of desert boots) no work boot inspired foot misery for me sir.
    -button down shirts (jcrew/ vintage or Kohl’s)
    -athletic gear
    -My vehicle (merely needs to be a reliable 4WD truck)

    I will not buy:
    -a sports car
    -jewelry (for myself)
    -a tuxedo
    -beard and mustache wax
    -skim milk
    -light beer
    -any turkey substitute (bacon, pepperoni, hot dog, etc).
     
  5. jeo

    jeo One of the Regulars

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    Besides the obvious stuff we love to talk about around here...Food, coffee, any kind of eyewear, furniture, appliances and electronics, tools, your bed, traveling, experiences (for instance you probably don’t want to go cheap when bungee jumping) and pretty much anything that is essential to your job.

    Probably forgetting a bunch but I agree with @Carlos840...if you can afford it buy the best quality you can.


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  6. breezer

    breezer A-List Customer

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    cost is relative.....one man thinks £100 is too much to pay for a jacket, another thinks nothing of spending £1000. We spend the money our budget allows....on the things we love. But just remember....you cant put a price on good design......
     
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  7. Monitor

    Monitor I'll Lock Up

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    Stuff I consider worthwhile spending more on...
    Clothes that I know are quality and will last me a while but I'm trying to have as little of it as possible.
    Food, as in ingredients. I don't eat out much (or at all) but I'll buy myself the best brand of coffee the store has.
    House appliances like a washing machine, etc. I'd take these things for granted but when one dies, I feel like I've been thrown back to the stone age. In a way, that's what happens.
    Dog food. Only the best.

    Stuff I refuse to spend a lot of money on...
    Electronics - Phones, computers, TV's, etc. Cheap jeans seem to last longer than a new cellphone. I won't buy "gadgets" of any kind.
    I won't buy cosmetics. One soap is all I got and need.

    Um, I can't really even remember what else I'm even spending money on?
     
  8. jacketjunkie

    jacketjunkie One Too Many

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    I was raised not to be cheap when it comes to food. I like to buy fresh & good quality. I don't mind spending five times as much on meat, if the animal it comes from had a worthwhile life.

    I don't hesitate to spend more when it comes to gifts for friends and family.

    I spend more on boots, but I never have more than three pairs at the same time. Unlike with jackets, I have some self-control there.

    I spend very little on t-shirts, undergarments, jeans.
    I spend very little on rent for my flat as this has never been the center of my living and doing and I care very little for it other than it being a place to sleep.
    I don't care about electronics. I use a 5 years old phone and a 8 years old laptop.
    I don't care about cars at all, I'll drive the cheapest thing that safely gets me to where I wanna go.
     
  9. ton312

    ton312 I'll Lock Up

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    Edit. I would buy a sports car but only if it looked like this:
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    Since becoming a coward and fearing my motorcycle I do have this ‘69 Chevelle in the “some day” list of things I’d love to pilot.
     
  10. Benny Holiday

    Benny Holiday My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I always try to find the 'sweet spot' where a given commodity is neither too expensive nor too cheap. I figure too expensive means you're paying for a name more than just the quality of the item, and too cheap means the item is rubbish. Of course this doesn't always equate in the real world. I've heard it often said never buy cheap shoes, but I do have a pair of $30 two-tone shoes that have lasted me 15 years, are still in great shape, look good and are extremely comfortable! So I opt for mid-range as much as possible.
     
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  11. dannyk

    dannyk Practically Family

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    Food and drink. I really enjoy the experience of eating and dining well. I also enjoy the entire experience of trying new things and delving into the history and culture of food and drink. A well made cocktail and an exceptionally well made meal can’t be beat for me. And then then oddly for me shaving products. Which for me or anyone who has known me until this past year that would come as a surprise. But I have a job and a life that’s always go, go, go. I imagine in 2019 that’s most people ha, but in my specific career it’s that to the extreme; and I’ve found taking the time for myself is relaxing and is a bit of “me time.” So if I’m going to take that me time and I really like the ritual of it, I’m going to buy really good products to go with that experience. Pre shave oil, quality brush, artisanal shave soap, good handle, blades, aftershave tonic and lotions. I also figure if I’m enjoying the stress relief and uniqueness of it, getting quality products that help protect and are actually good for my skin there’s something to that. Especially now that I’m almost 33, smoke (though down to less than a pack a day, smoking ultra lights and the shortest smokes on the market.. so progress!) living in a super sunny in the summer and freezing in the winter environment, it’s maybe time to consider things like taking care of my skin
     
  12. handymike

    handymike I'll Lock Up

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  13. Seb Lucas

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    'Cheapest option' is probably too strong. Most people go for affordable rather than cheapest and will find deals so that cheapest isn't necessarily nastiest.

    I don't spend a lot of time comparing prices of things. I have never spent money on clothing and come from an era when you could find unbelievable quality at thrift shops. That's what brought me here. For the record, these days I can afford to buy much better gear than I do but I don't make clothing a priority.

    It helps if you have little or no interest in things. Like Junkie I have no interest in cars and rarely drive mine (must check to see if it is still n the garage); no interest in electronics. I have never been into food and I don't drink alcohol. I own my own place and may buy another for an investment but I don't even have much furniture. I hate clutter.

    I have bought and been given high end items in the past and I have only sometimes found a link between high price and durability. My cheap items generally perform just as well. You just need to pick your stuff carefully and price may not be the important part.
     
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  14. Monitor

    Monitor I'll Lock Up

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    I love muscle cars and vintage Harley's and all that but the only car I'm truly and really in love with is a 1970-whatever VW Scirocco. And that's the one I'm buying as soon as one appears where I am.

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  15. Bfd70

    Bfd70 Practically Family

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    Assuming we only mean for ourselves as I’ll buy the 3 housemates pretty much anything

    I’ll spend more on clothes. Pants, shoes, shirts, hats. I wear clothes almost everyday. When i put on something nice it makes me happy. Therefore i get some happy time every day.
    I’ll gladly pay more for food and beverage but i’ll say, and guess that many will agree, that some of the best meals I’ve had came in under $20 (i’m talkin bout you tacos).

    I have a few hobbies but i pursue them casually enough that it doesn’t warrant an investment into the “best gear.”

    I’m completely disinterested and will spend as little as possible on tech and gadgets. Until last month my tv was very small and very old. I only replaced it because my eyes are getting old too and it was impractical to move the furniture closer.
    I bought an expensive car once. Never again. Total waste for me. I spend all of my car time stuck in traffic and angry. I just can’t equate a car to happy.
     
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  16. red devil

    red devil One Too Many

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    Had to think for a while on this one, it's really about where I see value and where I don't... Let's take restaurants I like to eat well but am not interested in the setting.
    Case in point, I am not convinced by Michelin ratings.
     
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  17. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    Lifestyle, occupation and location are key determinates of spending. I avoid carbs or sugar so fine dining is useless to me. I live near great public transport, just minutes from the city center so I don't need a car. I don't need to dress for work so I have no need for well cut suits, etc.
     
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  18. ton312

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    Spoken like a true Chicagoan. I understand. I’m an Edens/94 guy myself but have to traverse the Ike/290 on occasion. None of it equates to happy. Unless it’s early Sunday morning and I can get to my moms house in Westchester in 20 minutes.
     
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  19. nick123

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    I can't think of anything else significant I splurge on besides jackets. I'm sure time will change that. One day I plan on a really nice leather satchel.
     
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  20. Well..I may be a little different than some here. I've enjoyed many sports cars over the years. Several new Vettes and other two seaters plus traded 4x4 pickups every few years while still working for GM for thirty three years and also took trips on my Harley during the summer. I do love good food and have several restaurants as favorites yet not really expensive, just gems I've discovered along the way. I retired early nineteen years ago after paying off my home and cars. I also enjoy nice clothes and have a collection of western boots as well. Then there's the leather jackets. I do love to travel and seem to most often head to a relaxing powdered sugar beach with emerald blue green water somewhere. I put years in making a living with a job that was more of a hassle than enjoyable and figured I'd make an effort to seek out some of life's pleasures....to me. I now drive a big comfortable quiet car with a good sound system. Oh but I'm not techy. I've never even had a cell phone and have no desire for one.

    Hey I enjoy a variation of places, things and experiences of life and like they say 'you only go around once'.

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