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What do you refuse to skimp on and why?

Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by Gollum24601, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. MartyMcC

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    Beer definitely
     
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  2. MangeD700
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    Lights
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    Not particular in that order, it depends what I or my family needs for the moment...
     
  3. Nevada

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    Gotta add a few somethings: (Other than TP, which goes without saying.)

    Riding gear. If y'all think it's bad when the seams blow out on a bag, try having the seams blow out on your riding jacket when you're sliding down the pavement at speed....

    Prescription lenses.

    All this said, there is a point of diminishing returns, where the additional money spent doesn't actually return additional value. Exactly where that point is varies by item, by time, and by individual. But it's there. For a lot of folks, good coffee is a big deal. As an example, 90% of the coffee out there is fine for me, so dropping extra dimeage on it doesn't make much sense. Buck a cup joe at Mickey D's is my speed. (I do not, however, have any affection for French or Italian roasts.) Top shelf whiskey vs rotgut, doesn't matter. If I drink it, it's going to be in Coke anyway, so the fine distinction between aged 10 years in English Oak vs 25 years in White Oak gets lost.
     
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    With regards to plane rides.... The biggest factor that determines prices paid is how early you book a seat. Several weeks in advance? You'll be paying easily hundreds less than the guy who books at the last minute.
     
  5. Nighted
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    And toilet paper! :D
     
  6. brokenoldman

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    Socks (instance)
    Ketchup (heinz)
    Footwear
    Skateboard parts-never skimp on bearings.
    T-shirts

    Sent from the GTA.
     
  7. twogunmojo

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    oakley is owned by the bully luxottica...they were told in no uncertain terms if they did not sell the thme luxottica would not allow oakleys to be sold at any of luxotticas other stores..oakley caved and sold out..

    and no their optics are not better than smith...
     
  8. twogunmojo

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    dickies currently lists 8 items made in the u.s.a...take a look at them and see if you would be willing to pay the price to have 7 shirts/7 jeans/7 pants/1 jacket...might as well put your name on the tad gear waiting list for those prices...
     
  9. P185Renegade

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  10. 0dBm

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    Since I spend at least 8 hours IN each of the following (quite frequently more), I spare little if any expense acquiring the VERY best that I can afford.
    • bedding
    • shoes
    • chair
    The tools of my current chosen profession are no more than a computer and a pen. The computer is provided by my primary employer and it is replaced every 24 months. My Herman Miller chair was also provided by my employer. I have a similar model in my home office; however, I spend no more than 30 continuous minutes at a time in it. I acquired several excellent pens in years past so I need not replace them. Unless I travel for sustained periods, I spend no more than the 8-minute commute to work (and back) or the occasional trips around town in my vehicle. I live in the very moderate climate of Southern California so my attire requires less investment.
    With those material needs placated, I am able to concentrate on the more important aspects of my life: my relationship with my wife and life partner, and my only child. So, ultimately, I refuse to undermine the quality of the time that I spend with them.
     
  11. Jacob Lee

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    All xmetals were produced under Jim's command prior to lux acquisition. I'm not here to argue optics, do that over on oakley forums if you wanna argue what's better. Those guys will lay the law down hard.
     
  12. Jacob Lee

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    Btw everyone wondering if smiths are better than oakley just use the google machine. You'll figure out for yourself. To save yourself time: they are not. :)
     
  13. Wishoot

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    Pretty much everything.

    I subscribe to the "Buy once, cry once" philosophy.

    For example....I used to buy a new pair of inexpensive dress shoes pretty much every year because they would wear out. Since I switched to Allen Edmonds years ago, I've never had to replace a pair.
     
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  14. KnoxButler

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    Rope... Never skimp on rope. Whether you need rope often or not, I've learned to always get good quality rope. It is a real pain in the :censored:(and possibly dangerous) when you need your rope to preform and it snaps, frays, or otherwise fails you.

    So among other things, I never skimp on rope.
     
  15. kertap75

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    How often do you wear yours and how much walking in them do you do? In my job (pit manager in a casino) I'm on my feet and walking all day every day. No one I've known has found a pair of shoes that lasted more then a year of daily wear. I know people who have desk jobs who have had better luck. I used to wear Dexter weather walkers (not exactly a dress shoe, but when New looked nice enough) those would last me over a year but the leather wouldn't look dressy enough after that time do they would retired to casual home wear. Now that all the Dexter outlets are closed in my area I switched to cheap shoes that last me 4 to six months since I'm hesitant to buy shoes online
     
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    I wear mine quite a bit in all kinds of weather too. I spend a lot of time walking around downtown Chicago on business. I walk everywhere unless the weather is really, really bad or I'm running late for a meeting. It's nothing for me to walk from Union Station to destinations on North Michigan Ave (about 2.5 miles one way). My favorite pair of Allen Edmonds is about 15 years old and I still wear them more than any other shoe. After heavy use/abuse, I've only had to have the sole and heel replaced twice. The leather still looks great too (I polish them regularly). I also have a pair of casual Mephisto's that are going on 15 years old. Same thing. Remarkably comfortable and durable.
     
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    I'll have to take a look at those
     
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  18. Wishoot

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    Tell ya what... Find a used pair on Ebay if you don't want to pay the full retail price on a pair. If the leather is in good shape, the worst thing you would have to do is replace the sole and heel. I have a local cobbler that does it for $35.
     
  19. Lorenzo

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    Chairs - yes,the joys of your own back and rear cradled for 9+hrs/day by a chair you actually tried, chose and own :) vs. company issue!
    Computer incl. peripherals - facing the truth, how many of us spend their entire working day+a goody chunk of leisure looking at a monitor, mouse and keyboard in hand?
    Personal hygiene stuff - toilet paper/wet wipes aside, there IS a reason why some toothpastes (Rembrandt, President) cost as much per tube as a :censored: crate of Colgate. Luck or not, I never even had a cavity filled in the 33 or so years I'm wearing this set of teeth :)
     
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    Multi-tools
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