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dm 12-02-2007 09:06 AM

Cars are my problem. Ive bought four old Porsche's in the last few years and have found myself saying "if you want to get rid or it, let me know" to a fellow with a MGA the other day, I would have bought it on the spot if he would have given me a price. I hope he dosn't call.

Sandy 12-02-2007 09:08 AM

I am with W2R - art, generally in a higher range - about $300, and didn't leave, but got them on the spot. I still have these pieces and am glad I bought them. Most other things that I can remember other than small stuff, has been discussed/considered prior to purchase, but it may be the timing that differs.

Of course, this is probably selective memory and I am sure I made some huge wasted/impulsive purchases in the past that I can't/don't want to remember now.

MikeD 12-02-2007 09:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Helena (Post 583770)
Speaking of briefcases... I found a beautiful natural eel skin
briefcase at an estate sale for $3. The catch was... it had a
combination lock... and no one knew the combination... but
I bought it anyway... I put it away for a few weeks, then one
night I was determined to open it... so I began at 000 and one
digit at a time I moved the lock up to the 600s before one side
opened... then I had the same fun with the other side... but I
finally opened it... unfortunately, there were no valuables inside...
but it was brand new and beautiful inside... and all for the cost of
three bucks... along with some time, patience and sore fingers. :coolsmiley:

My grandfather was a great scavenger. He found a brand new Sesame brand combination lock at the landfill when we were kids. He didn't know the combination but tried everything he could think of while sitting on his porch watching the cars go by. He was retired. Finally, he threw it in the trash and said to my brother "If you can open it, you can have it." My brother picked it up and decided to triy every single number starting from 0000. Pop, it opened on 0000, the first try. Boy, was grampa pissed.

Mike D.

RunningBum 12-02-2007 09:23 AM

My worst impulse buys have been stocks that I either heard good news on and tried to jump on, or tried bottom feeding when they took a dive, without properly researching them. But the results probably haven't been that much worse than my educated stock picking, and it's easy enough to see if I get buyer's remorse.

I can't think of anything else over $100 I've bought on impulse.

Robert the Red 12-02-2007 09:23 AM

In 1997, just after we closed on our new house (about twice the price of the old one), we walked through it with the glow of pride, and then went for coffee. Across the street from the coffee place was a Persian carpet place -- so we bought a $3300 rug. Had to keep it rolled up for several weeks since we were having hardwood floors put in the new house (to replace the horrible orange shag carpet which had turned off several previous buyers). The rug looked wonderful on the new floors -- practically an advertisement.

We did also get the coffee, while we mulled over the purchase for 10 minutes.

cute fuzzy bunny 12-02-2007 10:13 AM

If you're an impulse buyer, dont ever look at the fatwallet web site.

Clearly its a communicable disease that uses TCP/IP as a transmission mechanism, and the carrier need not be infected. I got Martha to buy pyrex that I didnt buy... ;)

Lets see if infectious transmission is possible...

Anyone ever wanted some of those nice Le Creuset enameled cast iron pans but didnt feel like paying $140 per pot?

Go to amazon and search for "lodge cast iron enamel" and load up. These are actually slightly heavier gauge than the Le Creusets, have a similar enameling process, and sell for a good discount. Target also carries them, and I hear you can find them here and there at Marshalls/TJ Maxx. Lodge is one of the oldest makers of cast iron cookware. If you have a product problem within the warranty period, they send you a new one and a UPS label to send the old one back.

Muhahahahaaahaaaa

Maurice 12-02-2007 10:20 AM

For me maybe $1200-1500 for a suit. That would be highly unusual though. Most of my impulse buys are books, CDs, or sheet music. In fact, most of my purchases are books, CDs, or sheet music. Any other shopping I usually look at as a chore and have to force myself to do it.

Donzo 12-02-2007 10:27 AM

About 15 years ago I was working my territory(as a rep at that time) and was in the Long beach area. I had about 45 minutes until my next appointment and stopped to look at some sailboats that were for sale. I ended up buying a 27 footer......
I put it in a slip in Marina Del Rey and it became my condo on the water and my booze cruiser(I lived in land - at Rancho Cucamonga at the time). I had a blast on that boat and sold it for close to what I had paid for it.
Wish I had kept it - it would be perfect for Lake Tahoe.

W2R 12-02-2007 10:27 AM

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Originally Posted by cute fuzzy bunny (Post 583846)
If you're an impulse buyer, dont ever look at the fatwallet web site.

OK, obviously I have a defective shopping gene. That site is boring to me.

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Originally Posted by cute fuzzy bunny (Post 583846)
Anyone ever wanted some of those nice Le Creuset enameled cast iron pans

No. I have no desire for new pans, and they sound heavy. I don't have much time to cook anyway, while I'm working. I'd rather put the money in my ER fund.

cute fuzzy bunny 12-02-2007 10:29 AM

Alright, thats one thats clearly been vaccinated... ;)

Moemg 12-02-2007 10:35 AM

Never ever go on ebay when you are sipping wine .I've ended up with several Little souls dolls .They go for $150 and up . I do like them a lot .

Martha 12-02-2007 11:48 AM

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Originally Posted by cute fuzzy bunny (Post 583846)

Lets see if infectious transmission is possible...

https://www.fotosearch.com/thumb/DGV/...204981-001.jpg

Na!Na!Na!Na!Na!Na!

bbbamI 12-02-2007 12:33 PM

Twelve years ago....one kitten (at animal shelter).

Sixteen years ago...two kittens (at animal shelter).

Martha 12-02-2007 12:57 PM

Actually, the best pans in the world are good old cast iron pans. You want old because the insides should be nice and smooth. If well seasoned, they are far more non-stick than Teflon and they last forever. We have a large collection of iron pans, the biggest of which somehow managed to fall off a steam boat somewhere sometime. I do like my Griswold pans.

And yes, you can use soap to clean seasoned pans. Just be sure to dry them as soon as you are done washing the pan.

cute fuzzy bunny 12-02-2007 04:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Martha (Post 583892)
Na!Na!Na!Na!Na!Na!

Oh look! Shoes on sale!!!

More price-match shoe deals (Womens/Ladies)... PM from Amazon to various merchants

>:D

W2R 12-02-2007 04:56 PM

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Originally Posted by cute fuzzy bunny (Post 583945)

Bah, humbug!!! I already HAVE shoes. :rolleyes: Haven't ever had to go barefoot for lack of shoes. They'd just fill up my closet, anyway, and make it hard to find the ones I have. Guess that's even more money for my ER fund. $$$ It's sure going up today!

:2funny:

bbbamI 12-02-2007 05:15 PM

W2R...are you my long lost sister? :)

stargazer08 12-02-2007 06:26 PM

Went to a fundraiser assuming my contribution was the price of my dinner. They had an auction. There was a beautiful original watercolor of an Arabian stallion. My hand kept raising during bidding. My 9 hour drive home included said picture for $550. That was almost 20 years ago. I just recently gave it to my daughter since we are downsizing and I have nowhere to hang it. It was a beautiful piece and the first original artwork I owned. Funny thing is, years later I bought a horse and this stallion was its great-grandsire.

gandalf42 12-02-2007 06:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Helena (Post 583770)
... it had a
combination lock... and no one knew the combination... but
I bought it anyway... I put it away for a few weeks, then one
night I was determined to open it... so I began at 000 and one
digit at a time I moved the lock up to the 600s before one side
opened... then I had the same fun with the other side...

Worked on a found bike lock. Started at 000. The combination turned out to be in the high 900s! Oh well. :rolleyes:

cute fuzzy bunny 12-02-2007 06:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Want2retire (Post 583953)
Bah, humbug!!!

Oh look! $1 hour long massages from a guy named Frank!

$1 hour long massages from a guy named Frank


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