Sunday, March 06, 2022

The Sunday Five - Adult Toys

If you want a laugh, this post was flagged for a violation of standards, for _$_ exu@l content.  Obviously the computer didn't read the post, only the title. 


I have some great camera equipment, nice lenses, specialty items (I have an underwater digital camera.) Most of it is bought after agonizing over spending the money, and reminding myself that the thing that sets adults apart from children, is the price of the toys (not as poetic, but less sexist than "the men and boys".) 

Once in a while I will see something and it will fall into my tolerance for an impulse buy, that is how I ended up the underwater camera, and how I ended up with the lens this image was taken with.  A Vivitar Series One, 500mm, about $100 at your favorite online retailers. 40 years ago, Vivitar was a respected name, like many the name was sold in bankruptcy and lives on, but without the legacy.  I wanted a longer lens, and Nikon does not make one for my camera, so on an impulse one day I clicked on this and bought it.  It is fully manual, so it is a little bit more work, but I have to say, this image is proof that a cheap lens can take a good image.   

1: What is your tolerance for an impulse buy? 

2: Do you have a toy allowance or budget? 

3: Does more money always equal better? 

4: Do you consider yourself wise with money, or stingy? 

5: What toy didn't you get as a child, that you would still like to get? 

My answers:

1: What is your tolerance for an impulse buy? About $100. 

2: Do you have a toy allowance or budget? I try to set a limit each year on spending on new toys. 

3: Does more money always equal better? The bird speaks for itself, the equivalent lens for the series up from my camera from Nikon, is about $4,000, and is manual only on my camera- the same as the cheap lens. 

4: Do you consider yourself wise with money, or stingy? I often say stingy. 

5: What toy didn't you get as a child, that you would still like to get? Another recent impulse buy, Legos. 

Please share your answers in the comments! 

20 comments:

  1. 1. I rarely impulse buy and it would usually clothes...under $100.
    2. No, none.
    3. Often money equals quality but not always.
    4. Stingy. More with myself than others.
    5. Etch a Sketch.

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    1. I am usually a sale shopper for clothes

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  2. 1: What is your tolerance for an impulse buy? A tolerate impulse buys well.
    2: Do you have a toy allowance or budget? We’re not allowed to use the B word in our house.
    3: Does more money always equal better? Definitely not.
    4: Do you consider yourself wise with money, or stingy? Wise, not stingy, but extravagant at times.
    5: What toy didn't you get as a child, that you would still like to get? Well, I desperately wanted a chemistry set for my birthday one year. Instead, my father bought a ham radio kit, which he assembled at his workbench while I stood by (he loved electronics). I never did get that chemistry set, but I don’t really want it now.

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    1. My parents had logical answers for not buying the chemistry set,logic and toys don't go together.

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  3. 1: What is your tolerance for an impulse buy? I cannot think of a thing I've bought on impulse ... maybe a $100 bottle of a good Reposado? Carlos, on the other hand ... we went to an artisan show shortly after moving to Camden and he saw this handmade bracelet-thing he liked. He didn't get it; we walked all through the show and he went on and on about the wrist cuff, so I finally said if he wanted it he should get it. He returned to the artist's booth, and then came back to me with the cuff. I asked how much ... $700!!!! He said he was too stunned to say he no longer wanted it.

    2: Do you have a toy allowance or budget? We do not.

    3: Does more money always equal better? Not always.

    4: Do you consider yourself wise with money, or stingy? I think wise. I have a very strong "Do I WANT it, or do I NEED IT" emotion. I read something by the Dalai Lama a long time ago, where he says you should WANT the things you have, not HAVE the things you want.

    5: What toy didn't you get as a child, that you would still like to get? I was THAT kid who never much cared for toys unless they were the toys that could build something. I was much more books and art supplies.

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    1. Art supplies, there is no limit on what I can buy

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  4. 1. I don't really have impulse buys. Though I've been looking at art lately.
    2. Not really.
    3. Not really.
    4 In theory, I'd say 'no' to stingy. In reality 'yes. I talk myself out of things justifying that I don't deserve them. It's odd.
    5. Honestly, I cannot remember any toy I wanted. I had rock and sock em robots......what more could a kid want?

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  5. 1. Limit on impulse buys? Probably no higher than $200.
    2. Toy allowance or budget? No.
    3. Expensive = better? Not always.
    4. Wise with money or stingy? My sister says I'm cheap but really, I'm just thrifty. But if I want something, I buy it. I don't stint myself. Luckily, I'm not a huge or overly self-indulgent impulse buyer.
    5. Longed-for childhood toys? Art supplies and lessons.

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  6. 1: What is your tolerance for an impulse buy? About $200 I think.

    2: Do you have a toy allowance or budget? No set budget.

    3: Does more money always equal better? No, not always.

    4: Do you consider yourself wise with money, or stingy? I wouldn't say wise.

    5: What toy didn't you get as a child, that you would still like to get? I can't think of anything.

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    1. Hmm, I should raise my impulse threshold,

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  7. 1. I don't really have a set tolerance. I don't impulse buy anything really expensive. So low maintenance :) Impulse buying gene usually hits at fairs. Balder Half, on the other hand, sheesh! To paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy, when did adjustable beds become an impulse buy. BH bought mine at the fair.

    2. Nope. The word, budget, tickles me though. 'Discussing the budget' was a euphemism for getting frisky when our sons were young. I still get a little tingly down yonder when I hear the word.

    3. Nope.

    4. I'm somewhere in the middle. I do like buying stuff for others, though.

    5. Nothing. I was appreciative of anything I got.

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    1. We should keep a list of all of the words that excite you.

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    2. That would fit on a post-it, sunshine.

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  8. Dear me the title made me sit up straight.
    1: What is your tolerance for an impulse buy? I try very hard not to succumb to impulse buying, other than in grocery stores.

    2: Do you have a toy allowance or budget? No I do not.

    3: Does more money always equal better? No it does not, but there is a correlation.

    4: Do you consider yourself wise with money, or stingy? I consider myself both stingy and foolish: stingy in little things but I fear poor in the big picture.

    5: What toy didn't you get as a child, that you would still like to get? Hmmm. I had to think about this for a minute. I cannot think of any.

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    1. The grocery store can be so much fun,

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  9. 1: What is your tolerance for an impulse buy? Not sure I have tolerance level. If it is expensive (more than $50) it has to be vetted with the hubby, since our finances are 100% commingled, so I'm spending our money, not just mine. We have bought many things we did not even know existed when we came across them, including art prints, statues, toys, and furniture, and I can rarely resist a new giraffe, Green Lantern, or super-hero item, but I make an effort to resist things and ask myself if I really need them and if I have room for them before buying.

    2: Do you have a toy allowance or budget? No, although I've TRIED to have one. The hubby is WAY too lenient with me on that. I am buying fewer and fewer things these days, but the remaining collectibles I want are much more expensive, so I don't know if we're actually saving money at this point.

    3: Does more money always equal better? Almost never, but sometimes. From a collectible viewpoint, more money usually means an item or book in better condition. But I'm always happy to save a buck or wait for something to go on sale most of the time.

    4: Do you consider yourself wise with money, or stingy? Depends on the day and the source of my spending. With my collectibles? I have a problem and need help. In all other areas of my life, I think I'm quite frugal and savvy. (maybe to compensate?)

    5: What toy didn't you get as a child, that you would still like to get? Everything. We were poor and I got almost no toys that I specifically wanted, just toys my Mom could afford or were available via donation. That doesn't mean I didn't love and appreciate everything I got (I did), it just wasn't ever the things I knew about and wanted specifically. As an adult, I have obtained most things I ever wanted (which is why my basement looks like a 12 year old's dream space.) Probably my biggest longing is for a complete set of DC and Marvel Lego action figures - which are way beyond affordability (for me) these days. And Book and record sets of Comics books...I missed out on those.

    Sassybear
    www.idleeyesandadormy.com

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    1. I like your description of the lower level of your home.

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  10. How absurd. Glad Google didn’t block your blog!

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