How do you resist urge to buy new piece?

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  1. Claus

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    One thing to consider is that uplifting euphoric feeling when you buy something that you like. Basically, it’s fun to shop and buy stuff that you enjoy. But these joys are often fleeting and you get bored with the new toy and soon begins the hunt for another one.

    So you don’t need it, or really want it, or even can’t afford it, but you’re really just chasing that serotonin high.
     
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  2. DustyGmt

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    I always wanted to collect at least one of each notable WWI era milsurp. 1903, Enfield, K98, K31, Arisaka, etc... The Golden age of collecting those without going bankrupt was my dad and grand dads generation, now the prices on them have become prohibitive. I sometimes wonder if games like Call of Duty made them more desirable and pushed the prices up on them. Now if one or two of those fell in my lap at a good price, I'd probably have to expand on it.
     
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  3. jmorris

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    I try not to.

    If you need the money to live comfortably I would spend it on that, if the money would be otherwise wasted, I don’t resist adding something of value to my collection. I long ago sold off my last motorcycle, don’t race cars anymore, don’t wear expensive watches or own motor boats or RV’s, got to do something I enjoy.

    Mrs. Morris just loves gambling, sometimes I go along just to do things she enjoys. My “play money” always seems to wind up in my super secret stash pocket of my wallet and purchases a firearm, I know I don’t need, but would own if someone just gave me one, once we return from the trip. Better in my mind than paying for the electricity to run the fountain at the Bellagio. We are a few decades past the “lean years” though.
     
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  4. jag1954

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    Up until December of last year I'd owned 2 revolvers (which I sold), both S&W...... knew how to shoot them, yet at the same time never knew how to clean and maintain them. Put rounds through them with friends and that was that. Fast forward 20+ years and I purchased a SA Hellcat 9mm in late December 2020 and having never shot a semi automatic hand gun except for a 5 second drill off the fantail of our U.S. Navy ship as required for all crew, I was in for a huge surprise as to the 'snapiness' of said Hellcat..... 8 months and 17 guns later I must admit that I have little or no resistance when delving into my new hobby. I'm proud and thankful to say that thanks to this forum and a few others, our local gun club, various publications and friends, I've learned a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the maintenance, care, situational awareness, skill set, shooting skills, etc., et al., so basically all aspects of being a responsible gun owner and that I am a whole hearted gun enthusiast. Researching, purchasing, reading up on, getting other enthusiasts' thoughts, range time, buying accessories and LEARNING are part and parcel of this new found hobby of mine. In other words I have ZERO resistance......
     
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  5. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    How do you resist urge to buy new piece?

    Finances, and want versus need.

    Want sometimes wins! :)
     
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  6. Mosin77

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    My answer is, be realistic and honest with yourself about why you want a gun and why. Also be realistic if it’s a gun likely to be more expensive/harder to find in future or not. Example: I bought a Finnish M28/30 in 2019 for $560. I had a feeling it was undervalued and likely to only go up. I also had a feeling this particular one had some history and I’d kick myself for not jumping on it. Today, 2021, guns in similar condition are going for $1200, if you can find one. And that’s not factoring in the unique provenance of mine. At that price I’d not be able to rationally afford the gun I have. So, I was right to spend the money in 2019. On the other hand there are plenty of other guns I wanted in 2019…. One was a Beretta PX4. Still want one. In 2019 they were $350 used. Now? They’re $400 used. Big deal. I’ll buy one some day.
     
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  7. tomrkba

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    "How do you resist buying..."

    Self-Control. Proper financial management. At worst, review your collection and only buy guns that fill a new role.
     
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  8. Ironicaintit

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    I’m resurrecting an old dodge truck, so that’s where my toy fund is currently headed.

    you have to learn to balance your expensive hobbies
     
  9. WheelGunMan

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    I don't resist if I really want something. I'll even pay a higher dollar if I desire it bad enough.
     
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    Thats saved me from buying a few guns that sounded great until i got them in hand and realized while they were really nice, and i liked them......I had no desire to own them.
     
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  11. RetiredUSNChief

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    "How do you resist urge to buy new piece?"

    Oh, let me count the ways!

    - Oil changes on all five family cars at the same time.

    - Youngest daughter fails to get student loan paperwork done on time, resulting in my footing 100% of her first year tuition.

    - A/C work on two vehicles.

    - College books...for three kids.

    - Did I mention three kids in college at the same time?

    - Bathroom remodel.

    - Rebuilding depleted savings.

    The list goes on!
     
  12. MedWheeler

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    GunnyUSMC writes:

    On this board, that can be taken two ways. Maybe it should read "Don't spend money you don't have on guns." ;)
     
  13. WheelGunMan

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    I must admit..I purchased the brunt of my handguns AFTER the kids were thru with Mom & Dad sponsored higher education. I also drove the same car for many years.
     
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    How do you resist urge to buy new piece?

    I don't. That was simple enough. :)

    Ron
     
  15. Spats McGee

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    Congratulations on getting your license!
    I check my bank balance. That's usually enough to get me to resist. :p

    At the same time, I've finally reached a point where I've got everything I need, and almost everything I want. Well, except for more ammo...
     
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  16. CDMCKY

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    I've been "disciplined" in (reasonably limiting) my gun purchases by
    my "I'll only buy a gun if I get it for a steal" code. I do have quite a few,
    guns because I've managed to get A LOT of "steals", though I certainly
    would have MORE (guns) without my "code" in force.
     
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  17. CoalCrackerAl

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    Resistance is futile. :p That being said. After all the bills are paid. And not touching emergency funds. If you have the cash on hand. And find a deal on a gun you like. Buy it,
     
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  18. Mauser lover

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    Lately I've been spending all that extra money on airplane stuff...
    But gun prices and such seem to be coming back down to somewhat reasonable prices, so who knows what I'll be shopping for on "Black Friday" this year. Guns/ammo or maybe a SureFly magneto replacement instead. Depending on what is the better deal.
     
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  19. Tommygunn

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    Is there some new law in effect that says we must resist the urge to buy new guns???????!!!!??!?!? :what:

    No one told me about it!! :evil::scrutiny:


    I will not comply!!!!!!!! :neener:
     
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  20. Chuck R.

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    I use a two step method:

    A. Spend some time on personal finance sites reading about the sorry state of the average American's retirement savings.
    B. Go to Walmart, ask the greeter if this is how he/she envisioned spending their golden years.

    The above will normally have me adding to my investments, rather than buying another toy.

    Seriously, I've now accumulated 65+ guns, of which IAW the 20/80 "rule" I actually shoot/hunt with about 20% of them. For the past few years I've focused on acquiring components so I can continue to enjoy what I have when we go through these sort of periods. I know lots of guys at work that have guns sitting idle now that spend a large amount of time biatching about ammo prices..
     
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  21. Mosin77

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    QFT.

    I’ve done this too. There have been a number of guns I thought were really nice and that I thought I needed. So I borrowed them, took them to the range, and realized I had just saved myself a bunch of money. You really never know how well you’ll like something until you shoot it, in your own hand. Something that sounds amazing in a magazine may not be so, for you, in the real world.
     
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    Over my lifetime I've made good money. Never got married or had any children. Always had cash on hand to do what I wanted as long as I had food and shelter, my other interests were well fed as well. I am a long time reloader and accumulator of firearms. For many years I was in "the gun of the month" club. These days I have slowed down due to being retired but still will pounce on a good deal when I see one. I do more reloading and shooting these days though and enjoy that immensely.
     
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  23. Drail

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    Resisting the urge to buy more is really easy when you're poor......
     
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    Airplanes are a bottomless pit........ They're worse than cocaine, man. Unfortunately they are also more fun than anyone should be allowed to have.
     
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    I look through my safe and reacquaint myself with guns I've not handled in a while. Combined with work schedule that's usually enough to keep me from going to the shops. But sometimes it doesn't work by reminding me of gaps in my collection. Hence this week my failure at resisting a NIB G19 gen 5. And I failed to resist ordering night sights, and a sight tool, and a VM-2, etc.

    Come to think of it, Resistance is futile!
     
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