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"Buy Once, Cry Once" I don't get it.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Berg, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. Berg

    Berg Well-Known Member

    Buy once cry once. I've seen people post this as if we are supposed to know what it means. It seems to be used as a warning not to buy cheap crap but I don't get it, what does it actually mean? Why would I want to cry at all?
  2. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron member

    it means its better to spend more money(cry once at the price) and buy something of quality that will function well and not break or jam.

    rather than to buy something cheap (and not cry at the price...), but only to have it break and jam all the time (....but to cry at all the times it doesnt work)
  3. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    The idea is that you're sad to give up the money (hence "cry"), but giving up a bit more money to get a product that will last is better than having to shed those tears because you have to buy replacements for the cheap crap you bought the first (second, third, etc.) time.

    So, buy good (expensive) stuff the first time and only suffer the pain of cash leaving your wallet one time.

    Like all other platitudes, maxims, or truisms, there's a bit of truth to it, but it's not a universal solution for everyone. A better one would be, "be a wise consumer."
  4. Dreamliner787

    Dreamliner787 Well-Known Member

    Pay for what you get, get what you paid for.
  5. Example: A few years ago I bought a made in 1968 with box 2 1/2 inch Colt Diamondback in 38 special for $800. I was offered $1500 on Tuesday and said no. I did express an interest in a trade for a S&W model 57 in nickle with box plus cash though. We shall see.

    Example 2. I passed on a mauser red nine fo $1300. I do wish I had bought it just like the Colt Viper I also passed on. Today both of these guns are hard to find and the prices are out of reach for my budget. Should have bit the bullet and bought them when I had the chance.
  6. Berg

    Berg Well-Known Member

    This is the answer I was looking for, thanks it does make sense now.
  7. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    I frequently find this applies to holsters. :)
  8. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    Good point about holsters!

    Everytime I buy a gun, I think about whether or not I really needed to make the purchase. Buyer's remorse. So, I "cry once", but I try to buy wisely.
  9. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Well-Known Member

    You got that right. I really should dig out the holsters that I never use (some that I didn't care for and a few that I admittedly tried to save money on) and have a sale. Save now! 50% less tears. ;)
  10. RFMan

    RFMan Well-Known Member

    This is very frequently applied to scopes/optics :)

    And sometimes to 1911s.

    And occasionally to ARs.
  11. RhinoDefense

    RhinoDefense Well-Known Member

    Spend the money on quality equipment up front rather than spend more money over time to replace lesser quality equipment.
  12. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Read my sig line below
  13. mcmurry

    mcmurry Well-Known Member

    People say that the reasons AR's are so expensive is because they are hand made, like a Maserati. I say I don't want a "Maserati" gun, I just want a Ford or Chevy type of gun. Something dependable, but not out-friggin-rageous!
  14. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    AR's are not expensive. Most would be compared to a Ford or a Chevy. Even the most expensive models are selling at about the same price as a common hunting rifle today.
  15. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron member

    there is a huge difference between 'hand made' and 'hand assembled'....

    i'll eat my holster if ANY of the common ARs are actually 'hand made'
  16. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    Anybody who has every bought a cheap holster knows exactly what you mean. I agree 100% on this.
  17. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member


    ARs are not "so expensive"...they are not hand made...and I have never before heard a single person, anywhere, say that.

    If you think ARs are "out-friggin-rageous"...I don't know what to tell you.

    Have you checked out the high-end 1911 market lately?

    How about an AR alternative such as the FN Scar?
  18. Hunterdad

    Hunterdad Well-Known Member

    Buy quality scope and pay more $$. Cry because you spent so much on a quality optic.

    Buy crappy scope, cry because crappy scope is crap. Replace crappy scope with another crappy scope then cry because crappy scope turned out to be crap. Etc...
  19. Cesiumsponge

    Cesiumsponge Well-Known Member

    This axiom applies heavily in sport optics like red dots, rifle scopes, and spotting scopes. Several of my rigs have scopes that cost as much as, or more than the rifle.
  20. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    Optics/lenses are definitely a place where it pays to spend the money for any kind of even semi-serious use.

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