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  # 897490 18-Sep-2013 11:01
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Just found an AeroPress at Ripe on Boulcott Street, $65 off the shelf. Highly recommended - go for it!

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  # 897523 18-Sep-2013 11:32
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  • A good set of knives.  Got a set of 3 Henckels kitchen knives 7 years ago. They last a lifetime and have spoiled me for cutting with anything else.
  • HRV or DVS. Have had both, and would put them in every house I buy from now on
  • +1 for cordless drill
  • +1 for LASIK

 
 
 
 


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  # 897525 18-Sep-2013 11:34
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My Raymond Weil watch.

Good quality socks, especially the skiing ones.

Icebreaker clothes.

German chef knife set.

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  # 897537 18-Sep-2013 11:44
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heat pumps!!!




Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


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  # 897543 18-Sep-2013 11:50
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Central Heating, double glazing and loads of insulation.

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  # 897675 18-Sep-2013 13:47
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In no particular order for me is....

House, first home buyer 3 years ago
Car (2005 Subaru Legacy 3.0R Spec B)
iPhone 5
iPad Mini 3G
iMac
Home Theater system
Canon DLSR
Decent kitchen knives!
Good power tools and plenty of them

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Geektastic: I have several bespoke jackets from tailors in the UK that set me back about $2,000 each over 10 years ago. Nothing like off the peg stuff - each one took about 3 months with 3 or 4 fittings and everything from the cloth to the linings to the buttons was chosen individually by me. Cloth was cut from a pattern made to measure just right for me and so on.

Unlike shoes (by and large), what happens to the jackets if/when you change size/shape?

 
 
 
 


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  # 897926 18-Sep-2013 18:57
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Geektastic: I have several bespoke jackets from tailors in the UK that set me back about $2,000 each over 10 years ago. Nothing like off the peg stuff - each one took about 3 months with 3 or 4 fittings and everything from the cloth to the linings to the buttons was chosen individually by me. Cloth was cut from a pattern made to measure just right for me and so on.

Unlike shoes (by and large), what happens to the jackets if/when you change size/shape?


At $2000 it comes with a personal trainer for life, so you don't change shape.

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  # 898102 18-Sep-2013 23:15
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Travel +1

Le Creuset dutch oven + cheap but by now well seasoned wok

Dunham shoes from USA - look boring but so comfortable for my fat feet and last ages

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  # 898104 18-Sep-2013 23:19
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I have never regretted buying my first decent cordless drill, instead of the cheap muck ones I used to go thru about 2 per year.





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  # 898881 20-Sep-2013 09:42
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langers1972: Central Heating, double glazing and loads of insulation.


I'm guessing you might not be from these parts originally, Langers!

Likewise, we have 4 heat pumps and at least partial double glazing (due to presently lacking the $50,000 required to replace the entire house's windows!).






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  # 898884 20-Sep-2013 09:46
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MaxLV:
Geektastic:
Lizard1977:
Geektastic:
Lizard1977: "Expensive" shoes. For years I bought cheap sneakers from the Warehouse, but they never lasted for more than a couple of months before the heel would collapse like a souffle. About 7 years ago I took the plunge and bought proper sneakers from the Shoe Clinic. My feet haven't stopped thanking me, they've lasted for years and years, and the average cost (compared with the cost of buying new shoes from the Warehouse every few months) works out much better. I just refuse to buy cheap shoes anymore - it's a false economy for me. I've bought two pairs of sneakers from them (one pair of miAdidas customised to my feet), one pair of court shoes for badminton, and one pair of business shoes. Not only do they last, they feel as comfortable as they did on day one.


Next time you're in London, may I recommend Lobbs in St James?

Their craftsmen make wooden lasts that match YOUR feet precisely and then each pair of shoes you order is made on those lasts. Better shoes you could not get.

Added trivia - they could make shoes today that would fit Queen Victoria perfectly, because they still have their lasts of her feet!

The price, you say? Ahem. If sir has to ask, he may be more comfortable seeking his footwear elsewhere....!


Wow!  Yeah, I guess that's why I put expensive in quotes.  Definitely compared to Warehouse shoes, my current collection is expensive, but probably not expensive in the grand scheme of things.  Certainly not nearly $6000! :)  Sir would most definitely be seeking more affordable footwear!  Bet they would be comfy though...

Still - you've got to be impressed by the commitment to perfecting a craft, even if it sets you back almost as much as a reasonably good second hand car...


I have several bespoke jackets from tailors in the UK that set me back about $2,000 each over 10 years ago. Nothing like off the peg stuff - each one took about 3 months with 3 or 4 fittings and everything from the cloth to the linings to the buttons was chosen individually by me. Cloth was cut from a pattern made to measure just right for me and so on.

I'd have got to the shoes eventually...!

Very few seem to prefer quality to price in NZ though.



Or that most Kiwi's know that quality doesn't have to cost $$$$$$.



In that case most of them are more often wrong than right. Or they misunderstand the concept of quality. Or both.





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Geektastic:
langers1972: Central Heating, double glazing and loads of insulation.


I'm guessing you might not be from these parts originally, Langers!

Likewise, we have 4 heat pumps and at least partial double glazing (due to presently lacking the $50,000 required to replace the entire house's windows!).



Nope, Poole in Dorset KiwiMac 

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Geektastic:
MaxLV:

Or that most Kiwi's know that quality doesn't have to cost $$$$$$.



In that case most of them are more often wrong than right. Or they misunderstand the concept of quality. Or both.


While I agree many don't understand the concept, there is a line between "paying for quality" and "paying for a brand name or exclusivity", as well as different levels of quality. I'll use the shoe example, simply because it's from this thread. At $5000/pair, those shoes would need to last me about 70 years (with no further maintenance or repair cost) to equate to a similar value ($/year) cost as the shoes I currently buy. I'll happily pay ~$200 for a pair of shoes that last 3 years or thereabouts. That's still decent quality, and they're still very comfortable. I can't stand cheap, uncomfortable shoes though.

And that's another thing I've never regretted spending money on, is comfortable shoes :)

Off-topic-ish, there is (or was, presumably is still there) a shoe lady on Waiheke who, I am told, used to work at some of the high-end show makers in London. Could be worth checking out if that's your sort of thing ;)

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  • Travel with my soon-to-be wife, as we met in our thirties we have less history than many couples, so experiences are key
  • Quality in anything - buy once, buy right. Frying pans, knives, appliances, tools, clothes, bedding
  • My education, which has paid for itself probably 20 times over already
  • Kindle Paperwhite
  • Harmony One (though it's not really very easy to get it to control XMBC, got it 70% working)
  • SSD's for my PC
  • Nice suits and custom made shirts (can be cheaper than off the rack if ordered online)
  • Good shoes - Ecco for work, Merrell for outdoors
  • Good socks - thorlo socks, mostly from amazon, dress and hiking. Their dress socks last much longer than any socks I can get in NZ, two years on they're still black, and comfortable.
  • Heat pumps
  • Nikon DSLR cameras and lenses
  • Double glazing, insulation. Wish I had central heating though, and one day I may have a real eco-house built - comfortable and efficient not hippie
  • Disaster supplies - food, water, power, sanitation, cooking, though I'll probably never use them
  • A really nice torch - Fenix TK41, plus others
  • Egyptian cotton sheets on my memory foam bed (though will probably go back to a regular bed next time)
  • A nice keyboard and mouse, that I work on every day das keyboard/logitech mouse with wrist supports, same setup home and work
  • Comfortable reclining sofas
  • Thick carpet
  • Smart phone, S4, though I was late to this game I find it really handy now

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