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May 23, 2011, 09:14 PM
 
I have a bad habit of doing this. Take for instance the Samsung WEP870 BT headset. I love it, the design fits perfectly in my ear and the stereo quality of the headphones is really damned good for BT... I have 4 of these. I'm still using the first I bought over a year ago, but the other three are in my office closet, just waiting for the day it conks out. I do this for other things too, my favorite Montblanc pens, extra reading glasses (4 pairs), an extra iPhone, 2 AE base stations, remotes, keyboards, mice, razors, trimmers, etc.. Sure, sometimes it works out well, I had an AE base station go tits up in March and just swapped it right out and sent the bad one in and got it replaced, but most of the time the stuff just takes up storage space. I've tried not doing it, but I almost always fidget until I get a spare. I guess it also bugs me that if a manufacturer stops making a particular style or design that I really like that I'll just be stuck, or have to go scouring Ebay to get another. Maybe I'm just eccentric, but other people do this too, right?
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May 23, 2011, 09:48 PM
 
For big ticket tech things it's not economical for me, but if I find a pair of pants or shoes I really like I will scour the shelves looking for more in other colors etc.
     
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May 23, 2011, 10:08 PM
 
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May 23, 2011, 11:42 PM
 
I always buy clothes in sets of three. I only buy one kind of socks (well, one kind white and one kind black). I buy pens in sets of 5. For most of my hobbies I have a back up of just about everything.

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May 24, 2011, 12:27 AM
 
I can understand buying spares, but don't you ever feel like you are missing out on the latest and greatest? If my router dies on me tomorrow I wouldn't want to swap it out with an identical unit, I'd rather upgrade to something new and exciting.

I guess it depends on whether you buy the spares because you like that specific model or design or whether you get the spare in case the first unit fails or breaks. If you just love the design and are afraid you won't be able to find it anymore then you aren't alone. I know that Steve Gibson has mentioned that he has more than a dozen of the same model keyboard stocked up since he really likes it. Personally, I don't have the money or space to buy spare electronics, but I do have multiple pairs of the same jeans and some other clothing I like.
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May 24, 2011, 04:52 AM
 
Originally Posted by Shaddim View Post
I guess it also bugs me that if a manufacturer stops making a particular style or design that I really like that I'll just be stuck, or have to go scouring Ebay to get another. Maybe I'm just eccentric, but other people do this too, right?
Yup.
I have seven of the same guitar model (because the manufacturer discontinued them and the neck/trem on this particular model is perfect for me). And I have a large stash of the old white Apple keyboards (glad I did, 'coz I hate the alu ones with a passion).

Really not a big fan of having to alter my habits (and/or style) because some pleb in an office thousands of miles away decides that it's time for a "new improved!" bit of kit.
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May 24, 2011, 06:46 AM
 
If something I really like is readily available, I'll buy it regularly. If it becomes harder to get, I definitely will go out of my way to stock up. Case in point, Vernor's Ginger Ale*. It's a Detroit area thing that isn't available everywhere, and up until last week, my local grocery carried it. I spent last week in the Detroit area with family, and when I got home, I went to the store for groceries in general, and Vernor's specifically. I made my wishes about stocking Vernor's clear to the soft drink manager, and we'll be watching the shelves. But I'm also checking other stores to get my "fix," because I really miss the stuff.

*Vernor's is the original ginger soda, and it makes every other so-called "ginger ale" pale by comparison. Schweppes and Canada Dry are pale reflections, suited only for use as mixers. And yes, many people do drink the stuff instead of just using it as a mixer. I you get a chance, give it a try-compare the others to Vernor's. No, I don't own stock in the company, I just like the stuff that much.

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May 24, 2011, 07:33 AM
 
I'm the exact opposite. My life has been uprooted so many times I can pack my entire existence in about 20 boxes. I own virtually nothing... no car, no furniture.. just some clothing, computers, and a TV.
     
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May 24, 2011, 12:12 PM
 
Even if I wanted to, I don't think I can afford to buy one thing (esp. expensive gadgets) in different colors/packaging/etc. The only exception would be food and clothes. I can hoard on cheaper things. Besides, like one poster said, I'd rather not miss out on newer and probably better replacements once it breaks.
     
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May 24, 2011, 12:14 PM
 
Must be a cultural thing, I wouldn't classify that as hoarding. Hoarding is when you don't thrown shite out.

I can't afford more than one high priced tech item, nor do I have the space. I never run out of beer though.
     
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May 24, 2011, 03:17 PM
 
Not much at the moment. I tend to do it with things that end up needing the replacement, so my hoard slowly dwindles to nothing. I do have a big stack of super quiet Scythe 120mm case fans.

Also, I am making plans for incandescent bulbs.
     
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May 24, 2011, 04:34 PM
 
I tend to stock up on cables whenever I visit monoprice. I had to order a micro usb cable for my AppleTV and ended up with an extra 5 HDMI cables plus 2 Firewire 800 cables.

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May 24, 2011, 04:35 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Stogieman View Post
I tend to stock up on cables whenever I visit monoprice. I had to order a micro usb cable for my AppleTV and ended up with an extra 5 HDMI cables plus 2 Firewire 800 cables.
They're unbelievably cheap, and so is the shipping. I feel compelled to buy 3 or 4 cables, adapters, etc. just so I feel like I get my money's worth.
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May 25, 2011, 01:35 AM
 
iOs Devices. iPhone 2G, 3G (x2), 3Gs, 4G. 2x iPod Touch. iPad.
     
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May 25, 2011, 07:26 AM
 
Originally Posted by Shaddim View Post
I do this for other things too, my favorite Montblanc pens, extra reading glasses (4 pairs), an extra iPhone, 2 AE base stations, remotes, keyboards, mice, razors, trimmers, etc..
ah, this explains the two women
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May 25, 2011, 12:09 PM
 
for everyday staples; i always by N + 1. if i used the last one, which triggers it being put on a list to get the next time i'm out, i buy the normal quantity of stock i start with + 1 extra. certain groceries or pet supplies fit into this category.

for things that i like/use based on a certain time of year, i buy during the off season and get as many as i can. prime example, golf balls. camping supplies would be another.

for hobbies; like building/fixing things around the house...i stock up. can't have too many nails, sanding disks, etc

for big ticket items, i always buy at the beginning of a new product cycle so if i want another i can get one to match. bedroom LCD TVs is on that list right now. however; if i know i can swing both at the same time...like suring xmas sales...i'll just pull the trigger then. i don't keep extras around though*

*always have 2 projector bulbs on hand. if current one goes bad, there is a chance that one of the two new ones might be bad/has problems so i don't want to go days or weeks without another one. specially around big sporting events.
     
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May 25, 2011, 01:16 PM
 
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ah, this explains the two women
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May 25, 2011, 01:23 PM
 
Generally just I/O cables. I have one iPod and like 12 sync cables, for example.
     
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May 25, 2011, 01:31 PM
 
Originally Posted by residentEvil View Post
*always have 2 projector bulbs on hand. if current one goes bad, there is a chance that one of the two new ones might be bad/has problems so i don't want to go days or weeks without another one. specially around big sporting events.
Absolutely. I always have a couple of those on hand. I just bought them when I got the projector and put them in the utility closet.
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May 25, 2011, 02:27 PM
 
Jeans. I am 6'7" and slim, so whenever I find jeans that fit me I buy a bunch. Having said that, I recently found a store that stocks Wranglers and Lewis with 38" legs, so I've been more relaxed.

I used to do the same with shirts, but since I've found out about made to measure shirts that don't break the bank (indochino.com and others) I'm more relaxed about that too. No more buying XXL and looking like a tent.

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May 25, 2011, 04:21 PM
 
My real weakness is stationery. When I find something I like, I tend to stock up — even mores when they’re cheap and/or discontinued. That’s why I have a several hundred Made-in-USA Papermate Mirados, and a two-foot tall stack of Rhodia pads. I used to do it with computer parts, but I managed to break that habit.
     
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May 25, 2011, 04:50 PM
 
Yes, iPod cables... just because I don't want to throw the damn things away. But I literally have 8 of them. Two at work, one in the laptop bag, one plugged into the wall, one at the MacBook Pro, one at the Mac Pro, on in the wife's laptop... couple in a drawer somewhere.

They are not really my "favorite things" though.

Also: Speedlights, though I only have 3, I would never get rid of them.
     
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May 25, 2011, 04:51 PM
 
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
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Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
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May 26, 2011, 05:01 PM
 
If something holds value well, is relatively small and/or can be displayed, I will hold onto it as long as I can. Some things that come to mind--gold items, surfboards, and watches. Also, I tend to hang onto books.
     
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May 26, 2011, 10:42 PM
 
My favorite kind of soap is what I usually hoard up on.
     
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May 26, 2011, 11:28 PM
 
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My favorite kind of soap is what I usually hoard up on.
I have two large bottles of Dr. Bronner's peppermint in the linen closet (because they were on sale), although I think the bar version lathers much better.
     
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Thanks for the tip. After I use up my non bronner's bar soap I'll give theirs a try
     
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Dr. Bronner's is the best.
     
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Doesn't one bottle last about a century?
     
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roughly a month for me if I just use it for body, hair and shave.
     
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Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
If something I really like is readily available, I'll buy it regularly. If it becomes harder to get, I definitely will go out of my way to stock up. Case in point, Vernor's Ginger Ale*. It's a Detroit area thing that isn't available everywhere, and up until last week, my local grocery carried it. I spent last week in the Detroit area with family, and when I got home, I went to the store for groceries in general, and Vernor's specifically. I made my wishes about stocking Vernor's clear to the soft drink manager, and we'll be watching the shelves. But I'm also checking other stores to get my "fix," because I really miss the stuff.

*Vernor's is the original ginger soda, and it makes every other so-called "ginger ale" pale by comparison. Schweppes and Canada Dry are pale reflections, suited only for use as mixers. And yes, many people do drink the stuff instead of just using it as a mixer. I you get a chance, give it a try-compare the others to Vernor's. No, I don't own stock in the company, I just like the stuff that much.
So I ducked into the local 99 cent store today to have a look around, as I hadn't been there before. And on my way to the register with a handful of crap, the rack of 2 liter sodas caught my eye. Crowding the upper shelves were the usual 7UP, Pepsi... etc, nothing special, and certainly not for the the $1.50 being asked. But as if it was destined, I looked back at the rack while standing in line and there at the very bottom... Vernors.

Of course I hadn't heard of it before reading this post of yours...

Anyways, yes, it's completely of its own taste. I never realized how fake the other ginger ales taste until now. I'm not even sure how to describe Vernors flavor in comparison. I mean, it tastes of ginger... but that's really all that would let you know it's a ginger ale. But it's just much smoother and has a very prominent taste of vanilla.

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Glad to have another devotee join our ranks, Lateralus!

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Another Michigan favorite: Kogel's Viennas. I usually buy 10-15 lbs of them whenever I visit family. That and Squirt, but I think I saw that at the local Meijer's here in Indy.
     
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Jun 1, 2011, 11:03 PM
 
I've been inured.

Used to drink it as a lad. It's at the tart end of the lemon-lime flavored soda experience.
     
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So Squirt is kind of like a lemon party?Google it
     
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Depends on where you put it.
     
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Hmmm... I wonder where it goes as well. Somebody should Google the answer and report back.
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Careful...

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Originally Posted by Atheist View Post
I'm the exact opposite. My life has been uprooted so many times I can pack my entire existence in about 20 boxes. I own virtually nothing... no car, no furniture.. just some clothing, computers, and a TV.
Likewise, but sans TV.
     
   
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