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    Stuff you can't believe people pay so much money for

    Flip flop sandals. I recall during my most recent stint at University a friend of mine saying he needed to go buy some flip flops because it was getting warm. He returned and said "well there goes $75 but they are worth it".

    $75 for something that is composed of nothing and shows off your ugly feet and gnarly toes. WTF?

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    Lol, I can't wait for people to start using bike parts as examples...

    A: "I can't believe people pay $$$ for that part, what snobs!"

    B: "That part makes my bike exceed light speed, you cheap poser! It's worth every penny!"

    Rinse and repeat...

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    Dope costs waaaaaaay too much these days.

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    10 speed.....lol. it's 1 more than 9 speed, so it MUST be better.

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    Good one. The vending machine at work sells quart bottles of water for $1.30 Thats $1/gallon more than premium gasoline! Pretty wild considering its just filtered tap water.
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    Oh God, this reads like a "You know you've gotten old when..." joke. And apparently I can relate.

    So, I remember thinking that Crocs clogs were overpriced at $5.00 a pair. When they jetted up to $20.00 I thought people were lunatics for buying them. Now what are they, $30, $40, $50 bucks depending on which one you get. I can't believe people pay that kind of money for a couple of chunks of expanded foam. Marketing is an amazing thing.
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    $80 a month?!?!?! Hell no. That's $1,000 I can now free up for bike parts.

    But to the OP... that said, I love my Olukai sandals. But I have had them for 3 years now and wear them almost every day. lol

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    Health insurance. My company subsidizes it and we have exceptional coverage - but for $800 a month for my wife and I? I really feel sorry for those who have to pay over $1000/month and get poor coverage. $800/month for us is pretty straining.

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    Huge big azz homes. Seriously, do you need 6 bathrooms? Oh, and Starbucks.
    I have 5 daughters and a wife. I could use 6 bathrooms and I am not just trying to be funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    Flip flop sandals. I recall during my most recent stint at University a friend of mine saying he needed to go buy some flip flops because it was getting warm. He returned and said "well there goes $75 but they are worth it".

    $75 for something that is composed of nothing and shows off your ugly feet and gnarly toes. WTF?

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    Men shouldn't wear flip flops in public unless they're on a beach or a pool. I can't stand it when men wear jeans and flip-flops.

    WTF happened to men? Can't wait until this comes out. It's getting bad reviews, but still sounds interesting.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Men shouldn't wear flip flops in public unless they're on a beach or a pool. I can't stand it when men wear jeans and flip-flops.

    WTF happened to men? Can't wait until this comes out. It's getting bad reviews, but still sounds interesting.
    No kidding. Manscaping, man cave, etc. If you have to modify it by putting man in front of it then you are already admitting it isn't something a man should be doing.

    Manscaping is taken care of by your barber. If you are lucky it will cost you $20, he'll use a straight razor to clean up your sideburns, around your ears etc. If you are extra lucky he might clean up the hairs that are growing out of your ears. If he washes your hair, does your eyebrows, nails or feet: he isn't a barber, congratulations on finding the place my wife gets here hair done and enjoy your $100 haircut.

    Man Cave: if you need to add a huge ass tv, and crap to a special room to feel like a man you have already failed. You probably already have a man cave, it is called the garage or the street out front. Go out, change your oil. There you are a man.

    Pretty non-professional clothes. If you need $250jeans, $80 t-shirts, etc. you have already failed as a man. Every man should have good clothes, they are called your work clothes. When you are home or hanging with your buddies or kids or wife, a cheap t-shirt, Lee/Levis/whatever cheap jeans should suffice. A nice pair of sneakers keeps the toes protected in case you have to do anything that a man does on the fly like chase a loose dog, save someone from the street, run after a purse snatcher, etc. If your clothes have ever stopped you from looking under a car's hood that has stopped by your house, then you have failed as a man.

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    I have one more based on Dion's post. Years ago when I was quite young, in my early teens, I was hairy (still am). I inherited a badger hair shaving brush and an old mug. I got a circle of shaving soap and began shaving in earnest.

    Since then I have never purchased a bottle of shaving cream. My badger hair brush is still running fine, the mug broke but I just replaced it with one from my kitchen. I buy 1 circle of shaving soap (williams mug if you are interested) every 6-8 months. I shave approx. every 2 days when i am employed or every 3-4 when I am not (currently).

    I use a disposable razor head (a free one from the mail 4 blade thing). I replace my blade every 2-3 months or so, depends really. Based on when I start getting too many ingrowns. My hair is coarse like a badger, probably make a great source for a shaving brush.

    All tolled I probably spend $5 a year on shaving soap and $20 on razors. That is $25 per year.

    I see the creams, lotions, shaving crap on the shelves and frankly i think a lot of it just cause problems once you use it. Makes your skin soft so if you run out of it you get horrible side effects. I use non of it and my skin is a soft as it needs to be.
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    bicycles.
    when I can spend $5000 and get EITHER a mountain bike, or a motorcycle, something is wrong.

    also, what is up with the flop hate? sandals are awesome. it is like instant relaxation. In the summer, every day when I get done with work and get to my car, off come the shoes and socks, and on go sandals. Chill time. Until the bike shoes go on of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Train View Post
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    when I can spend $5000 and get EITHER a mountain bike, or a motorcycle, something is wrong.

    also, what is up with the flop hate? sandals are awesome. it is like instant relaxation. In the summer, every day when I get done with work and get to my car, off come the shoes and socks, and on go sandals. Chill time. Until the bike shoes go on of course.
    The best barometer for this type of stuff are other dudes. The last time I wore sandals in public (not at the beach nor pool) my buddies asked me, "Dude... you're wearing sandals in public?!"

    That was enough for me to man-up and throw shoes on. I was shamed, and I'm glad they shamed me. And I wear a suit and tie everyday, so I get pretty dressed up for work (required). In my house, I wear flip-flops, but the moment I have to go to a store or something, I throw on shoes.

    Agreed with Rockcrusher - when a man spends more than $30 on a pair of jeans that hasn't been perpetrated by a wife or girlfriend, he gets his man-card revoked. I spent $65 on a pair of jeans once, because my wife took me to Nordstrom Rack and demanded I start paying more attention to my "look".

    Who is she trying to fool? Me? A look? I'M MARRIED.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    The best barometer for this type of stuff are other dudes. The last time I wore sandals in public (not at the beach nor pool) my buddies asked me, "Dude... you're wearing sandals in public?!"

    That was enough for me to man-up and throw shoes on. I was shamed, and I'm glad they shamed me. And I wear a suit and tie everyday, so I get pretty dressed up for work (required). In my house, I wear flip-flops, but the moment I have to go to a store or something, I throw on shoes.

    Agreed with Rockcrusher - when a man spends more than $30 on a pair of jeans that hasn't been perpetrated by a wife or girlfriend, he gets his man-card revoked. I spent $65 on a pair of jeans once, because my wife took me to Nordstrom Rack and demanded I start paying more attention to my "look".

    Who is she trying to fool? Me? A look? I'M MARRIED.
    I tell my wife this a lot. "if you wanted me to dress differently then you should have made that clear before we got married. Not making that change and then getting married locked it in. I'll be wearing denim jeans at home until I die. T-shirts too and sneakers."
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    fancy phones. i guess i just dont care about interwebz on the phone, because i only "care" to look at it when i'm home. otherwise, i'm usually driving, and thats a nono. i have a flip phone. if it aint broke, dont fix it.

    (what im really afraid to admit is that i'm too impatient to learn a new electronic).

    Big fancy TVs. Still got all tube TVs here!

    expensive speakers. I say, as long as its not staticy, i dont care.

    purses and shoes. unless those shoes serve a purpose and you dont have much of a choice but to spend alot (like bike shoes) then i'm all about shoes from Target.

    Alchohol. i'd much rather eat food for that price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    I have one more based on Dion's post. Years ago when I was quite young, in my early teens, I was hairy (still am). I inherited a badger hair shaving brush and an old mug. I got a circle of shaving soap and began shaving in earnest.

    Since then I have never purchased a bottle of shaving cream. My badger hair brush is still running fine, the mug broke but I just replaced it with one from my kitchen. I buy 1 circle of shaving soap (williams mug if you are interested) every 6-8 months. I shave approx. every 2 days when i am employed or every 3-4 when I am not (currently).

    I use a disposable razor head (a free one from the mail 4 blade thing). I replace my blade every 2-3 months or so, depends really. Based on when I start getting too many ingrowns. My hair is coarse like a badger, probably make a great source for a shaving brush.

    All tolled I probably spend $5 a year on shaving soap and $20 on razors. That is $25 per year.

    I see the creams, lotions, shaving crap on the shelves and frankly i think a lot of it just cause problems once you use it. Makes your skin soft so if you run out of it you get horrible side effects. I use non of it and my skin is a soft as it needs to be.
    You and I are on the same wavelength. I have also been cutting my own hair for 20 YEARS. My outside mirror broke about 7 years ago so now I cut by braille.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    The best barometer for this type of stuff are other dudes. The last time I wore sandals in public (not at the beach nor pool) my buddies asked me, "Dude... you're wearing sandals in public?!"

    That was enough for me to man-up and throw shoes on. I was shamed, and I'm glad they shamed me. And I wear a suit and tie everyday, so I get pretty dressed up for work (required). In my house, I wear flip-flops, but the moment I have to go to a store or something, I throw on shoes.

    Agreed with Rockcrusher - when a man spends more than $30 on a pair of jeans that hasn't been perpetrated by a wife or girlfriend, he gets his man-card revoked. I spent $65 on a pair of jeans once, because my wife took me to Nordstrom Rack and demanded I start paying more attention to my "look".

    Who is she trying to fool? Me? A look? I'M MARRIED.
    I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with the no flip flops issue. I wear boots all day long and if I want to wear some flip flops then who gives a d@mn. My opinion is if you give a sh!t what other guys think of you then that warrants man card revocation.

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    I thought this thread was about things u think cost too much, not whether or not you think they are a good buy, or a man if you do/dont have em.

    I have $100 sandals, $280 jeans, pay someone to cut my hair, have big TVs....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbnoobadam View Post
    I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with the no flip flops issue. I wear boots all day long and if I want to wear some flip flops then who gives a d@mn. My opinion is if you give a sh!t what other guys think of you then that warrants man card revocation.
    I do give a sh|t. I don't wear ponytail with a bandana with a snake around my neck either. Why? Because my friends would clown me to no end. If one of my buddies showed up with a skull ring and leather pants, I would gracefully kick his ass.

    Men need to shame each other every once in awhile. When I had flip-flops, they're were, like, "Dude, we're going to go eat. Put on some shoes..."

    Like I said, I work in the financial industry, and I wear a suit, tie and carry briefcase every day of the week and most weekends. It's extremely uncomfortable, especially when valley heat gets into the 100's.

    I still won't wear Jesus cruisers in public. No way. Comfort factor between socks and a pair of skate shoes vs. sandals? NONE.

    If I'm kicking it around the house, then yes. Trip to the store? Hell no. As I don't want to see some dudes gross fcuking feet while shopping for produce, I'm not going to force them to have to look at my feet... out of common respect.

    You know what's also comfortable? Tank-tops. Another thing that men should not wear in public that isn't around a body of water. Man up. Put on a regular shirt, the extra 4oz. of cotton fabric won't kill you. There's nothing worse than seeing fat-ass Chuey Ramos in his 1998 Impala sporting jean shorts, a gigantic tank top and flip-flops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    I do give a sh|t. I don't wear ponytail with a bandana with a snake around my neck either. Why? Because my friends would clown me to no end. If one of my buddies showed up with a skull ring and leather pants, I would gracefully kick his ass.

    Men need to shame each other every once in awhile. When I had flip-flops, they're were, like, "Dude, we're going to go eat. Put on some shoes..."

    Like I said, I work in the financial industry, and I wear a suit, tie and carry briefcase every day of the week and most weekends. It's extremely uncomfortable, especially when valley heat gets into the 100's.

    I still won't wear Jesus cruisers in public. No way. Comfort factor between socks and a pair of skate shoes vs. sandals? NONE.

    If I'm kicking it around the house, then yes. Trip to the store? Hell no. As I don't want to see some dudes gross fcuking feet while shopping for produce, I'm not going to force them to have to look at my feet... out of common respect.

    You know what's also comfortable? Tank-tops. Another thing that men should not wear in public that isn't around a body of water. Man up. Put on a regular shirt, the extra 4oz. of cotton fabric won't kill you. There's nothing worse than seeing fat-ass Chuey Ramos in his 1998 Impala sporting jean shorts, a gigantic tank top and flip-flops.
    All I'm saying is that as a guy it's our job to give our friends **** for doing stuff we think is lame but on the same token as a man it's our job not to give a **** what others think. I'm sure there's a sh1tload of guys out there that think getting all greased up and prancing around on a stage in a speedo is pretty lame but you went ahead and did it because you liked it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    fancy phones. i guess i just dont care about interwebz on the phone, because i only "care" to look at it when i'm home. otherwise, i'm usually driving, and thats a nono. i have a flip phone. if it aint broke, dont fix it.

    (what im really afraid to admit is that i'm too impatient to learn a new electronic).

    Big fancy TVs. Still got all tube TVs here!

    expensive speakers. I say, as long as its not staticy, i dont care.

    purses and shoes. unless those shoes serve a purpose and you dont have much of a choice but to spend alot (like bike shoes) then i'm all about shoes from Target.

    Alchohol. i'd much rather eat food for that price.
    i believe in having the best audio components i can afford. always have.

    smart phone? mine's free from credo and it's proved to me real quick the reason it was free is that it's a POS...

    TVs? i've never paid for one. but the one i have now dominates the room...

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    Lawn care. Almost every single neighbor has switched to a "professional" lawn service. They cut the grass, blow away the mess, and leave. They don't care for that lawn. Alas, I'm a dying breed on my street.

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    $80 a month?!?!?! Hell no. That's $1,000 I can now free up for bike parts.

    But to the OP... that said, I love my Olukai sandals. But I have had them for 3 years now and wear them almost every day. lol
    Come do the Olukai stand up paddle race next year (happened last week). If you pre-register you get a free pair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    The best barometer for this type of stuff are other dudes. The last time I wore sandals in public (not at the beach nor pool) my buddies asked me, "Dude... you're wearing sandals in public?!"

    That was enough for me to man-up and throw shoes on. I was shamed, and I'm glad they shamed me. And I wear a suit and tie everyday, so I get pretty dressed up for work (required). In my house, I wear flip-flops, but the moment I have to go to a store or something, I throw on shoes.

    Agreed with Rockcrusher - when a man spends more than $30 on a pair of jeans that hasn't been perpetrated by a wife or girlfriend, he gets his man-card revoked. I spent $65 on a pair of jeans once, because my wife took me to Nordstrom Rack and demanded I start paying more attention to my "look".

    Who is she trying to fool? Me? A look? I'M MARRIED.
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    Men usually do a good job of shaming themselves without any help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SenorSerioso View Post
    Lawn care. Almost every single neighbor has switched to a "professional" lawn service. They cut the grass, blow away the mess, and leave. They don't care for that lawn. Alas, I'm a dying breed on my street.
    I'm with you on this one! Our service guys are strictly "mow & blow", then gone until next time. They don't do ANYTHING else unless we ask them to. No weed control, no lawn control, no hedge clipping, no nothing... That's not service, it's theft! Bastages, they are!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbnoobadam View Post
    All I'm saying is that as a guy it's our job to give our friends **** for doing stuff we think is lame but on the same token as a man it's our job not to give a **** what others think. I'm sure there's a sh1tload of guys out there that think getting all greased up and prancing around on a stage in a speedo is pretty lame but you went ahead and did it because you liked it.
    Gotta agree with this. I'd much rather see a guys "gross fcuking feet" than his package in a speedo.

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    I'm with you on this one! Our service guys are strictly "mow & blow", then gone until next time. They don't do ANYTHING else unless we ask them to. No weed control, no lawn control, no hedge clipping, no nothing... That's not service, it's theft! Bastages, they are!!!
    Some even pay for the "TruGreen" lawn service :roll eyes:. Neighbors stop by and ask me how my yard looks so great. I fertilize and water. Not that hard.

    Another addition to the money pit: tools. Go into Home Depot or Lowes. They feed on a man's desire for tools and inflate the prices accordingly.

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    I have one more based on Dion's post. Years ago when I was quite young, in my early teens, I was hairy (still am). I inherited a badger hair shaving brush and an old mug. I got a circle of shaving soap and began shaving in earnest.

    Since then I have never purchased a bottle of shaving cream. My badger hair brush is still running fine, the mug broke but I just replaced it with one from my kitchen. I buy 1 circle of shaving soap (williams mug if you are interested) every 6-8 months. I shave approx. every 2 days when i am employed or every 3-4 when I am not (currently).

    I use a disposable razor head (a free one from the mail 4 blade thing). I replace my blade every 2-3 months or so, depends really. Based on when I start getting too many ingrowns. My hair is coarse like a badger, probably make a great source for a shaving brush.

    All tolled I probably spend $5 a year on shaving soap and $20 on razors. That is $25 per year.

    I see the creams, lotions, shaving crap on the shelves and frankly i think a lot of it just cause problems once you use it. Makes your skin soft so if you run out of it you get horrible side effects. I use non of it and my skin is a soft as it needs to be.
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    All I'm saying is that as a guy it's our job to give our friends **** for doing stuff we think is lame but on the same token as a man it's our job not to give a **** what others think. I'm sure there's a sh1tload of guys out there that think getting all greased up and prancing around on a stage in a speedo is pretty lame but you went ahead and did it because you liked it.
    I took my fair share of clowning. I admit, bodybuilding was the gayest thing I've ever done and in hindsight it's embarrassing. That was 15 years ago and i have a good laugh even thinking about it. If the 37 year old me can go back and talk to the 22 year old me prancing around in posing shorts, I'd kick my own ass.

    Back on topic. Certain ammo is expensive, like .303 British and .30 carbine are two rounds that I shoot every once in awhile. I stopped buying .303 and only buy .30 carbine in steel.

    I mostly shoot my .22's simple because it's just so cheap.

    People get deep into reloading ammo and uncommon guns.

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    Food....

    It bewilders me when I hear people paying $500+ for a dinner for two at some fine dining restaurant. I understand the fact that they are paying for an "experience", so to each their own.

    However I don't put much weight on food because I see it as something that goes in through the mouth and comes out the other end. Plus a lot of the food that I truly enjoy eating happens to be fairly inexpensive. I don't think I have ever spent more than $60 on a meal for two people.

    Ironic thing is that I've had culinary training and worked in a fine dining restaurant. I can honestly say that I would rather eat a $5 burrito from a ghetto hole in the wall than have a $600 ten course meal at some super high end restaurant.

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    Modding these new fast cars to make them faster.

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    I think Dion has an unnatural hatred of feet. My feet sweat...a lot. I don't wear shoes unless I absolutely have to. The breeze keeps my feet comfy. A lot of shoes people wear are responsible for destroying their feet, anyway.

    Now flip flops I don't care for and agree they are better beach/pool wear. I bought some for the first time in my life a couple of years ago for a vacation.

    I thought $20 was steep for them.

    I have had a couple $100 for 2 meals and they have been outstanding. Never been anywhere that a $600 for 2 meal was even possible. Not sure how it could be that much better. I don't think I'd bother. I don't do expensive meals often anyway. Less than once per year is plenty.

    I think education is too expensive. Specifically college education. I managed okay but I was lucky. 90% of my first 4 yrs is paid and my 2nd 4 yrs added no extra debt however my wife got no financial aid and will probably spend the rest of her life paying for it. That is excessive. It costs too much and the value of the degree is cheapened by people getting degrees who do not need them for their field, or by employers who require them when the job doesn't really require any of the specialized knowledge you picked up in school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    I think Dion has an unnatural hatred of feet. My feet sweat...a lot. I don't wear shoes unless I absolutely have to. The breeze keeps my feet comfy. A lot of shoes people wear are responsible for destroying their feet, anyway.
    My rant is just tongue in cheek, but yes - my wife makes fun of me about it

    Costco.

    I walk up to the register with 5-10 things from Costco and ALWAYS end up over $100. WTF?

    My mom is a Costco freak - it's just my dad and her and she buys food like she's buying for a family of twelve - lot's of stuff goes bad, or I end up visiting and being, like, "Mom... are you guys going to eat this, because if not, I'm taking it..."

    And she always responds, "Please, D... take it. We're not going to eat it."

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    Known as Fourbucks in my house. No way you are paying less than $4 for anything there.
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    Car washes. Most overpriced worthless thing you can buy. If you want to wash your car, get out a hose and bucket and save ten bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    If your clothes have ever stopped you from looking under a car's hood that has stopped by your house, then you have failed as a man.
    The problem is that today many men don't even want to look under the hood of a car, so they've failed before they got dressed.

    What about pre-dirtied or worn out jeans? If you can't wear out your own pants, then you've also failed as a man.

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    I dont know about 500 $ meals out but eating out 95% of the time seems wasteful. Guess I best work on fixing that.

    Car washes---yeah...meh. I might wash the car at a drive through laser line 2 or 3 times a year and vacuum it out about as often. Good enough.

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    Dion, I am wearing my flip flops right now. I recently finished a ride and changed from my sweaty bike shoes to sandals so my feet can breathe.



    The problem is that today many men don't even want to look under the hood of a car, so they've failed before they got dressed.

    What about pre-dirtied or worn out jeans? If you can't wear out your own pants, then you've also failed as a man.
    auto manufacturers are making it increasingly difficult to work on cars anymore. I do some minor jobs on my car, but I would rather pay a professional to take care of the rest.

    sadly, the pre-dirtied and worn-out jeans are oftentimes some of the most expensive. they're a fail on so many levels.

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    I am kind of shocked after reading some of the responses here. I would say that everyone here has at least one thing that they spend a lot on, that someone else would say is too much. I am one of them.

    Things that I am guilty of spending too much money on according to this post.

    $300 pairs of jeans. They fit far better than any other pair of jeans I have ever put on. I don't wear them all the time, just some of the time. I have el cheapo jeans for working in the yard or painting or whatever.

    Shaving cream for $30. I have tried a lot of different creams and gels, and this one works, for me. I bought it 6 months ago, and I still have a little less than half of it left. I shave almost every other day, minus the weekends.

    Cable/Satellite. My wife and I watch TV. We like to watch TV. We like to record shows and skip the annoying commercials. We need a DVR. We pay for it.

    Working on my own car. I take it to the dealership for oil changes. Why? You need some kind of special wrench to get the oil filter off. It's an expensive wrench. The dealership knows the car better than I do. They check stuff while they are under there. Stuff that I have no clue about, because like mentioned above, they are making it harder and harder to work on your own car.

    Shoes. I buy comfortable shoes. They are sometimes a bit expensive. Not all of them, but some are. I have spent $100 on a pair of shoes. However, I wear them until the sole has disintegrated into the earth.

    Smartphone. I have one. I use it. Email, web browsing, texts, calls, Facebook, etc. Do I need all of it? Probably not. Can I pick and choose what I need to use, and not have to pay for the other stuff? NO!

    On the flip side, I do certain things to save money.

    1. I shave my head. I have for the last 20 years or so. Was in the military, and after I got out, it stuck. I spend roughly $20 every 2 years or so on new clippers.

    2. I mow and trim my own lawn. It's pretty damn easy to do this. Not sure how and why people pay to have their lawn cut.

    3. Car wash. Hose, bucket, and suds in the driveway. Takes longer than driving through the spray wash, but it is definitely cheaper.

    We all spend too much money. Looking at some of the bikes on this forum, and the garages that are shown, and the nice cars, and often the houses in the background, some do a little better than others. Does anyone need a $5000 bike, and then all of the upgrades on top of that? Do we need $85 jerseys? $150 water packs? $300 biking shoes? Probably not.

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    300 dollar jeans? 30 dollar shaving cream? i cant even guess as to where one would find something for that cost, let alone why they would spend the money for them. seriously, i dont care how good they fit- buy some 30 dollar lees or levis and wash and dry them a few times before you wear em to soften them up. i could buy enough jeans and tshirts to get me through the next 5 years with 300 bucks.
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    Car washes. Most overpriced worthless thing you can buy. If you want to wash your car, get out a hose and bucket and save ten bucks.
    This. When I got back from Fruita a few weeks back the bike hauler had this dust all over it that had got wet and turned into patterns of whitewash. When I fueled up it was at a station where the basic wash was "only" $3 with gas so I went for it. Hardly got the fruita off at all.

    Today I filled up there again and for "only" $1 more I could get the wash that had more steps including a prewash. OK, surely that will do it. Nope, fruita still there.

    Done with that.

    Got home and as you say spent 10 minutes and took care of it, and got the kid off his ass to help in the bargain.

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    cocaine. because it will eventually kill you...
    Everything will eventually kill you. Better cocaine then homeopathy. At least cocaine does something.

    I do not do drugs of any kind - but I think those should be perfectly legal

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    Quote Originally Posted by big terry View Post
    300 dollar jeans? 30 dollar shaving cream? i cant even guess as to where one would find something for that cost, let alone why they would spend the money for them. seriously, i dont care how good they fit- buy some 30 dollar lees or levis and wash and dry them a few times before you wear em to soften them up. i could buy enough jeans and tshirts to get me through the next 5 years with 300 bucks.
    No kidding, and if you really want the better fit, buy cheap jeans and get them tailored for less than the expensive jeans.

    There are times to spend money on clothes, but blue jeans are not it. Like oh, say, a good suit. That is worth spending some money

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    The problem with cheap jeans, is that they look cheap. And, they don't last. I have tried them. They simply don't hold up or fit as well. Look, not all of my jeans are $300. Only one pair. The rest are in the $99 - $180 range.

    As for the shaving cream, I stand corrected. It is $22. The Art of Shaving - Shaving Cream - Buy Shaving Cream

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    Im gonna have to agree with MOST of the stuff here.

    The only thing I really disagree with is the techy geeky stuff. I love my gadgets and while I budget shop for all my items I probably spend to much on them. My last TV purchase was in 09 for a 40" Samsung TOC LCD 1080p and it was $1400. I did however wait until my 36" RCA tube tv completely gave out before buying a TV and I doubt ill buy another unless this one goes out.


    Shoes: I used to be in the crowd of buying a new pair of Nike running shoes for $100-$150 per pair every 5-6 months. Then I realized they were only lasting 5-6 months. So I switched to buying Puma's for aorund $70-$90 a pair about once a year. Now recently we got an outlet mall with a Puma outlet so they usually cost me around $50 a pair.

    Jeans: The price of even levis has gotten outrageous. Oddly enough I usually buy my jeans at Aeropostale because they seem to be on sale almost daily (I dont think ive payed over $20 for a pair of jeans in 2-3 years) and they fit really well.

    Dinner: I took my wife to one of the top tier fancy smancy resturaunts for valentines last year. Formal dress, reservation only, one menu with no variants, the whole enchilada. We ended up with a tab of just shy of $150 for the two of us.....and we both drank water. The food was ill prepared, tasted horrible and the service sucked. We went to chili's last night, spent $33 after a beer and a coke each. The food was cooked perfectly, our server was nice and we left fuller than a tick. Needless to say my wife has figured weve done the "formal dining" thing and the glamour is over.

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    I also shave my head, been doing so for the past 12 years. It's $1 Barbasol, for me.

    I guess the biggest thing going against me in regards to justifying expensive personal spending (like on jeans, male products, etc.) is I look at my cost-to-benefit ratio. I've bought expensive ties and cheap ties. The expensive ties always last long, tie better, and look nice - so every 6-7 months I go down to the Nordstrom Rack and buy a new set. Why? Because there is a tangible benefit to having a nice tie - I have to wear a suit for work and speak to clients.

    When I come home and throw on the $16 cargo shorts and skate shoes, there is no benefit to spending more than what is required for function. Like I said, I have one pair of $65 jeans - and I wear them on "special occasions". Otherwise, trying to find jeans that "look better" has no benefit except to beat off to myself in the mirror.

    The only jewelry I wear is my wedding ring, and the only products I use are sunscreen, deodorant and a bar of soap - usually from the dollar store. Again, cost-to-benefit ratio.

    If I try on a pair of shoes that are comfortable and on sale, I buy two, and store the other. I've gone 2-3 years without having to buy a new pair of shoes.

    I spend on dry cleaning my suits, nice ties, nice'ish shirts (still from Target), and comfortable dress shoes - all for work. I spend money on print marketing, my website, and anything else that will turn a profit. $300 jeans don't turn a profit.

    I'm pretty cheap with bike parts, too. SLX as opposed to XTR.

    I guess I learned this from my family. I am the first generation that hasn't had to pick strawberry/artichoke/lettuce fields. My grandfather died at the age of 96, and a long time ago my aunt was telling him he needed to spend the money on a better hat, and he says, "Why? I bought this from Kmart and it works fine. I'll buy my hats from Kmart... I'm not proud."

    That stuck with me. But when you went into his garage, it was nothing but high end power tools. Cost-to-benefit.

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    Dion, while we may not agree on flip flops I definetely agree with your last post. I'm pretty cheap with almost everything I buy. While I may have a flat screen and a huge surround sound system you can bet your ass that the 46in lcd tv was bought on sale at walmart for $300 and the surround sound from some guy on craigslist for what one of the tower speakers would have cost in store. I don't buy my own clothes, my wife does that for me but because of my insisting she goes the cheaper route and avoids the mall or outlets. She primarily buys my clothes at ross and you can't beat 10 dollar name brand shorts and 6 dollar name brand tees. Where I tend to spend my money is on stuff for work like more comfortable boots or better functioning/more comfortable gear. I also like to buy guns and I shoot a lot so that translates to a lot of ammo and .308,.40cal and 9mm are definetely not the cheapest. My wife hates the guns but she doesn't say much about them because she likes purses and shoes.

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    .308,.40cal and 9mm are definetely not the cheapest.
    I've switched to steel ammo. You don't feel like you're throwing a nickel down range every time you squeeze the trigger. .303 British is like throwing quarters down range.

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    This is a funny thread -- makes me look around and see how my interests and expenditures have changed.

    Things I don't get --

    Jewelry (especially for men). $99 titanium wedding ring is all I ever imagine wearing.

    coffee (blows my mind what people spend on it).

    xtr/xx components (this is a mtb website, after all). Twice the price to only save a few grams, and get arguably less durability? Even the mfgrs admit that there is no functional benefit for their top end stuff, just lighter. No thanks (unless the sponsor is paying for them). Actually, this goes for the top of the line anything, more or less. I've found that generally, mid-grade stuff has the practical functionality and benefits of the same brand's top-of-the-line, just is missing a few 'features' twists that I won't use anyway.

    Things I've spent money on in the last few years that I never thought I would:

    Suits and shirts. Found it worthwhile to spend a bit more at a men's clothes store (I'm not talking silly expensive, but places like JoS Banks). The clothes look good over a longer period of time, the shirts hold a press and all that. Not that more expensive if you time the sales.

    Dress shoes. Dropped $220 on a pair of dress shoes earlier this year at my wife's urging (she is crazy about shoes). They do look and feel better than the rubber soled Famous Footwear stuff I've been wearing all my life, which will now be cycled out for better ones as they wear out. Since I have to wear dress shoes 5 days a week, they are worth it.

    Electronics and cell phones. Never thought I'd have a 55" tv or smartphone. Don't think I'll ever not have one now. I can identify them as luxuries, not must-haves, but I don't want to do without if I can help it!
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    I hear ya on that, Dion. IOW what folks are doing to their blue jeans that they don't last? The last pair I bought was 2yrs ago, and I have older pairs that are just fine.

    Now, I'm not opposed to owning quality stuff. Spending a little bit of money usually gets you longer-lasting, more serviceable things. I also don't buy a bunch of "stuff" just to have stuff I don't use. I have a lot of outdoor gear, but that's about it. It all gets used and keeps me happy and healthy. I have enough reasonable-quality tools to get me by, to the extent that if I need to do a new job, one or two new tools will suffice, if that.

    I really hate buying stuff that breaks and becomes trash. I realize it is going to happen, but the longer it lasts, the better.

    I also don't have a problem with spending more for higher quality food. Not necessarily restaurant food, though. My limit for that is usually in the vicinity of $100 for a dinner for two, and that's a rare treat. I'm talking about buying better quality food to prepare in my own home. I will almost always opt for a more expensive, but healthier option (though I generally avoid as much processed food as possible, since even the "healthier" processed items are still not that good for you). I'm talking about Organic vs. non or local and ripe/fresh vs. shipped around the world and picked unripe.

    But spending more just to spend more for something with negligible benefit? Meh. I won't spend more for personal care products unless there's a real tangible benefit that makes a real difference.

    Clothes? I'll spend a moderate amount for nicer things that fit well and look nice for work and for going out with the wife, but I keep plenty of cheap/old things around for working in the yard or the garage so I don't have to worry about getting them dirty, or getting a big grease stain on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tystevens View Post

    Jewelry (especially for men). $99 titanium wedding ring is all I ever imagine wearing.


    Mine cost about half that, I'm a cheap Bastid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tystevens View Post
    Jewelry (especially for men). $99 titanium wedding ring is all I ever imagine wearing.
    That is one piece of jewelry that I got. Though I went fancy and got a silver ring inlay in it and 8-1-1 alloy.

    Ordered together with a 24t titanium chainring from Boone - back when he was still doing chainrings. I still use that chainring on one bike.

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    i will pay nearly NOTHING for jewelry. i'm not impressed by it. i dont even like diamonds, because i think they are just boring clear stones. I happen to have diamond earrings as a gift from my mom, but i'd never buy them myself. I wear the same necklace and earrings that i dont take off, and nothing cost more than 20-30 bucks. So yeah, i'm a cheap date. my boyfriend buys me bike parts for holidays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    i will pay nearly NOTHING for jewelry. i'm not impressed by it. i dont even like diamonds, because i think they are just boring clear stones. I happen to have diamond earrings as a gift from my mom, but i'd never buy them myself. I wear the same necklace and earrings that i dont take off, and nothing cost more than 20-30 bucks. So yeah, i'm a cheap date. my boyfriend buys me bike parts for holidays.
    This whole industry of ultra expensive diamond engagement rings is the biggest made-up scam ever. I pity the fools who fell for it.

    Luckily both me and my wife are from a country where only a simple wedding band is used. I do not wear mine. Hers was not very cheap, but it is kinda nice and simple. My wife likes some jewelry, but she looks more on its design and appearance. Not a major expense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    Mine cost about half that, I'm a cheap Bastid.
    Yeah, well, I sprung for the comfort fit w/ engraving (my anniversary date on the inside of the band -- that has been worth every penny!). What can I say ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tystevens View Post
    Yeah, well, I sprung for the comfort fit w/ engraving (my anniversary date on the inside of the band -- that has been worth every penny!). What can I say ???


    I don't think that AZ. was drawing comparisons, more likely pointing out what a "cheap bastid" he is.

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    my Ti wedding band cost a little more. it's a Triton with two-toned finish. I didn't like the weight of a gold band. It's funny, I get a ton of comments about it. I went the traditional route for my wife's rings. she does like diamonds, but I did not spend exorbitantly on hers. I refused to buy a giant rock just so she could have a boulder on her finger with visible imperfections. I got her a smaller stone that is much better quality overall. stayed within my budget and paid in cash. that, I think, is the most important part of the whole wedding jewelry thing. and for that matter, we did not increase our debt load at all for our wedding (nor did our parents).

    that's something that could be added to the list...weddings. I think I read recently that the AVERAGE wedding tops $20,000 nowadays. ridiculous. we spent about $5,000 and it was fairly nice. I have friends and family that have done it for even less.

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    My wife got the cheap of the stick. My tungsten wedding ring with an engraved pattern and one small diamond was $117. Her white gold with multiple diamonds both in the ring and wedding band were a little over $1400.
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    Yes best con ever.
    Second best con... vitamin water

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    I had some of this recently. A friend is from Indonesia, and brought some back with him.

    The verdict: it certainly is good coffee. Absolutely not worth the price though.

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    The diamond invention—the creation of the idea that diamonds are rare and valuable, and are essential signs of esteem—is a relatively recent development in the history of the diamond trade. Until the late nineteenth century, diamonds were found only in a few riverbeds in India and in the jungles of Brazil, and the entire world production of gem diamonds amounted to a few pounds a year. In 1870, however, huge diamond mines were discovered near the Orange River, in South Africa, where diamonds were soon being scooped out by the ton. Suddenly, the market was deluged with diamonds. The British financiers who had organized the South African mines quickly realized that their investment was endangered; diamonds had little intrinsic value—and their price depended almost entirely on their scarcity. The financiers feared that when new mines were developed in South Africa, diamonds would become at best only semiprecious gems.

    The major investors in the diamond mines realized that they had no alternative but to merge their interests into a single entity that would be powerful enough to control production and perpetuate the illusion of scarcity of diamonds. The instrument they created, in 1888, was called De Beers Consolidated Mines, Ltd., incorporated in South Africa. As De Beers took control of all aspects of the world diamond trade, it assumed many forms. In London, it operated under the innocuous name of the Diamond Trading Company. In Israel, it was known as "The Syndicate." In Europe, it was called the "C.S.O." -- initials referring to the Central Selling Organization, which was an arm of the Diamond Trading Company. And in black Africa, it disguised its South African origins under subsidiaries with names like Diamond Development Corporation and Mining Services, Inc. At its height -- for most of this century -- it not only either directly owned or controlled all the diamond mines in southern Africa but also owned diamond trading companies in England, Portugal, Israel, Belgium, Holland, and Switzerland.

    De Beers proved to be the most successful cartel arrangement in the annals of modern commerce. While other commodities, such as gold, silver, copper, rubber, and grains, fluctuated wildly in response to economic conditions, diamonds have continued, with few exceptions, to advance upward in price every year since the Depression. Indeed, the cartel seemed so superbly in control of prices -- and unassailable -- that, in the late 1970s, even speculators began buying diamonds as a guard against the vagaries of inflation and recession.

    The diamond invention is far more than a monopoly for fixing diamond prices; it is a mechanism for converting tiny crystals of carbon into universally recognized tokens of wealth, power, and romance. To achieve this goal, De Beers had to control demand as well as supply. Both women and men had to be made to perceive diamonds not as marketable precious stones but as an inseparable part of courtship and married life. To stabilize the market, De Beers had to endow these stones with a sentiment that would inhibit the public from ever reselling them. The illusion had to be created that diamonds were forever -- "forever" in the sense that they should never be resold.
    ...

    In its 1947 strategy plan, the advertising agency strongly emphasized a psychological approach. "We are dealing with a problem in mass psychology. We seek to ... strengthen the tradition of the diamond engagement ring -- to make it a psychological necessity capable of competing successfully at the retail level with utility goods and services...." It defined as its target audience "some 70 million people 15 years and over whose opinion we hope to influence in support of our objectives." N. W. Ayer outlined a subtle program that included arranging for lecturers to visit high schools across the country. "All of these lectures revolve around the diamond engagement ring, and are reaching thousands of girls in their assemblies, classes and informal meetings in our leading educational institutions," the agency explained in a memorandum to De Beers. The agency had organized, in 1946, a weekly service called "Hollywood Personalities," which provided 125 leading newspapers with descriptions of the diamonds worn by movie stars. And it continued its efforts to encourage news coverage of celebrities displaying diamond rings as symbols of romantic involvement. In 1947, the agency commissioned a series of portraits of "engaged socialites." The idea was to create prestigious "role models" for the poorer middle-class wage-earners. The advertising agency explained, in its 1948 strategy paper, "We spread the word of diamonds worn by stars of screen and stage, by wives and daughters of political leaders, by any woman who can make the grocer's wife and the mechanic's sweetheart say 'I wish I had what she has.'"
    One of the most successful scams ever. Though not as big as homeopathy and other placebo-based healthcare methods.

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    I don't spend much on jewelry -- shiny rocks and shiny metal, kinda silly when you think about it. The wife is pretty good about it. Every now and then we'll buy her something, but not real often and not crazy expensive.

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    For me Weddings is the big one.

    Why go into debt for sometimes 10's of thousands to have a big party for your friends that would come anyway even if they had to pay ( Well they would if they were true friends )

    Then there is why should you have to pay for someone that knowone has seen for 20 years ???

    Just saying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    ... plastic pet balls ...
    Not too expensive for a pair of good balls.

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    And, of course, how could we forget...

    ...audiophile equipment.

    As far as the sheer lunacy of some of that stuff... hard to match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muzzanic View Post
    For me Weddings is the big one.

    Why go into debt for sometimes 10's of thousands to have a big party for your friends that would come anyway even if they had to pay ( Well they would if they were true friends )

    Then there is why should you have to pay for someone that knowone has seen for 20 years ???

    Just saying.
    so what is it called when family members won't come because you're not providing the alcohol, and you've specifically told them not to bring their own because local laws require a bartender to be paid for and present if alcohol is present at the venue?

    providing alcohol for such an event for a bunch of people ain't cheap. even if it's a cash bar, we'd have still had to pay for one or two bartenders. also not cheap. no thanks, we skipped that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    so what is it called when family members won't come because you're not providing the alcohol, and you've specifically told them not to bring their own because local laws require a bartender to be paid for and present if alcohol is present at the venue?
    Family members won't come? I would call it a good day..


    No alcohol without a bartender on the other hand...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    Family members won't come? I would call it a good day..


    No alcohol without a bartender on the other hand...

    lol, well the "family" who didn't come were certainly not missed. they were inlaws, and I've still never met most of them. and as I understand it, if alcohol was present, they'd have likely been the type to trash the venue anyway...stiffing us with that bill I'm sure.

    my wife and I have said, if we had to go through that again, we'd have gone to the courthouse and spent that money on a nice international vacation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    One of the most successful scams ever. Though not as big as homeopathy and other placebo-based healthcare methods.
    Truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axe View Post
    And, of course, how could we forget...

    ...audiophile equipment.

    As far as the sheer lunacy of some of that stuff... hard to match.
    Like this? $8.5k for a speaker cable Amazon.com: AudioQuest K2 terminated speaker cable - UST plugs 8' (2.44m) pair: Electronics

    I am quickly becoming a fan of everything AudioQuest. Like this $1.1k power cord: AudioQuest - 10' NRG-10 Power Cable - Coffee/Black - 67-028-04

    Or this $1k USB cable: AudioQuest - 10' USB A-to-USB B Cable - Black/Gray - 65-091-04

    Or this $1.1k HDMI cable. My 2D TV is now much more 3D! AudioQuest - Chocolate 65.6' HDMI Cable - Platinum White - 65-076-11

    Some people obviously deserve to be parted with their cash.

    Edit: Holy mackerel, I have just discovered why my MP3s sound so crappy! I need one of them secret military research Quantum Purifiers. I am not quite sure what they do bu now I know that mechanical quantum noise is causing a layer of contamination residue ruining the timber and picture resolution of my 128kb/s records! Luckily for me, quantum purification in the electron path reduces quantum noise and increases signal velocity (suck it light!). BybeeTech - Quantum Purification
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Men need to shame each other every once in awhile. When I had flip-flops, they're were, like, "Dude, we're going to go eat. Put on some shoes..."

    Like I said, I work in the financial industry, and I wear a suit, tie and carry briefcase every day of the week and most weekends. It's extremely uncomfortable, especially when valley heat gets into the 100's.

    I still won't wear Jesus cruisers in public. No way. Comfort factor between socks and a pair of skate shoes vs. sandals? NONE.
    im sorry your friends are so uptight. . as long as your sandals dont stink ( shoe rotation) and your not putting your feet on the table who cares?


    i work in the tech sector. i can roll into work with sandals, shorts and a tshirt and no one has ever said that's insufficient.




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    Diamond Encrusted iPhone -- Yours For Just $8 Million - Business Insider

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