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  Reply # 1876994 4-Oct-2017 09:09
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mattwnz:

 

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mattwnz:

 

House in Auckland. Now far too expensive to even consider.

 

 

Ah but it always is. In 5 years from now you'll say my god, the prices then compared with now......

 

Yes, they did go mad, but then now is always good.

 

If you can, and not be so picky.

 

 

 

 

That's the truth. My parents bought the house I grew up in in 1970 for GBP14,000 (an average house at the time was about GBP5,500). Dad said it was a real pain servicing the mortgage back then but he knew the location couldn't fail in the long term.

 

Average house prices increased by a factor of 43 times over that period...!

 

 

Back then many families only had a single income, and the wife could afford to stay at home to look after the children and do the house work etc. AS a result house prices were based around a single income earner. These days prices are based on two income households and low interest rates. 

 

 

 

 

That doesn't really affect whether they will increase in value, merely the starting point. Also, it's not solely correct to say that the wife could afford to stay at home and look after the children whereas today that isn't true - I know wives that do that whose husbands are doing normal middle management jobs - but the fact they do not is at least as much due to the fact that women have been encouraged by feminism etc etc to go to work instead of staying at home. The effects of that on society (positive and negative) is a whole other discussion!






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  Reply # 1876997 4-Oct-2017 09:12
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Might be worth starting another thread for house price discussions, lads. My initial excitement at a thread about buying cool and useful tools and toys is being buzz-killed.

 

 


 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1877019 4-Oct-2017 09:29
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No to house price discussions !

That's why I put the no investment comment in original post.

Bring on more toys.

Prescription inserts for my ski goggles.

Like glasses without the ear pieces which sit inside my goggles.


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  Reply # 1877027 4-Oct-2017 09:35
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Prescription inserts for my ski goggles.

Like glasses without the ear pieces which sit inside my goggles.

 

Weird. I always wore my photochromatic prescription glasses when skiing, with an elastic band so they wouldn't fall off. Goggles only for days when it was sleeting and you couldn't see sh1t anyway.

 

Mind you, a decent face plant would pop a lens out. And, one time, I didn't even notice I'd lost a lens until a friend in the queue told me how funny I looked. Fortunately, I was able to find the missing lens on the next run and pop it back in.

 

 


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  Reply # 1877031 4-Oct-2017 09:37
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Funny you should mention ski goggles. I am a bit blind without my specs and not that keen on contacts (but might have to go back to them). I have OTG (over the glasses) goggles, but find my specs fog up inside them as soon as I stop skiing and the airflow is stopped (in lift queues). I saw this: https://www.uvex-sports.com/en/wintersports/ski-helmets/uvex-hlmt-300-visor-vario-white-mat/ and read a few reviews that said it was fantastic for wear over glasses. 

 

So ordered one online. Nobody stocks them in NZ so no chance to try on first. It duly arrived and the helmet and visor is just fantastic apart from one damn thing: The visor has foam pads on the bottom edge that catch on my glasses when it is raised and lowered. I can tell it's going to start pulling the foam away soon. I have to wiggle my glasses to get the visor up and down. The pads close the gap between the visor and your cheek bones kind of like ski goggles fit, but with gentler pressure. They just touch without pressing.

 

But - the vision is amazing and specs don't fog up. On the weekend we had a mix of sun, rain, snow and whiteout and the vision was always really good with the brightness sensitive variable tint. If only the damn visor didn't catch.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1877035 4-Oct-2017 09:42
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Oh, I also considered a helmet with built-in phone audio http://www.skis.com/POC-Receptor-BUG-Communication-Audio-Helmet/323534P,default,pd.html but the visor won out.


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  Reply # 1877559 5-Oct-2017 04:59
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I bought a Yamaha receiver today, I wish I had bought it five years ago instead of the Onkyo one (stupid HDMI board).

 

As it happens I have an Onkyo receiver that I'd like to get rid of....


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  Reply # 1877564 5-Oct-2017 06:59
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mattwnz:

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pctek:


mattwnz:


House in Auckland. Now far too expensive to even consider.



Ah but it always is. In 5 years from now you'll say my god, the prices then compared with now......


Yes, they did go mad, but then now is always good.


If you can, and not be so picky.



 


That's the truth. My parents bought the house I grew up in in 1970 for GBP14,000 (an average house at the time was about GBP5,500). Dad said it was a real pain servicing the mortgage back then but he knew the location couldn't fail in the long term.


Average house prices increased by a factor of 43 times over that period...!



Back then many families only had a single income, and the wife could afford to stay at home to look after the children and do the house work etc. AS a result house prices were based around a single income earner. These days prices are based on two income households and low interest rates. 



I think two income households is a major factor in the high house prices. But I digress....

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  Reply # 1877736 5-Oct-2017 11:07
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NZSpides:

 

I bought a Yamaha receiver today, I wish I had bought it five years ago instead of the Onkyo one (stupid HDMI board).

 

As it happens I have an Onkyo receiver that I'd like to get rid of....

 

 

 

 

 

Agreed!

 

 

 

I've just recently had my old top-end Pioneer receiver die on me, just went and bought the base model Yamaha one and it surpasses it by miles in sound quality.

 

 

 

Also for a base model it has some great features (4k passthrough, Upscaling, etc..) 

 

 

 

A little light on the number of connections but more than suitable for the sub $600 pricetag!

 


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  Reply # 1877788 5-Oct-2017 11:43
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Double drawer dishwasher = life changer. I used to listen to podcasts while doing the dishes. Now it's quite hard to catch up with them all.


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  Reply # 1877814 5-Oct-2017 11:59
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Last two houses we've had two single drawers, one each side of the sink. Costs a little more but no stooping required.

 

Which is what I dislike the most about conventional dishwashers.

 

 


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  Reply # 1877817 5-Oct-2017 12:05
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Last two houses we've had two single drawers, one each side of the sink. Costs a little more but no stooping required.

 

Which is what I dislike the most about conventional dishwashers.

 

 

 

 

If we had the room, we'd have two single drawers for that very reason. We have a double drawer one and love it, but the top drawer does get used a lot more than the bottom.


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  Reply # 1877832 5-Oct-2017 12:57
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I miss our double dish draw. 

 

Our current house came with a cheap nasty dishwasher.   It's noisy but performs just adequately enough to justify its ongoing existence.  I have sworn that the second it breaks down it's toast, but it has proven surprisingly durable.





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Switched from Powershop to Flick last month, saving about 30%.  Might jump ship during winter, then back again during spring, autumn, summer but so far loving it, wish I did it ages ago. 

 

I know this topic is about things I brought, but really want a Heatpump dryer to save even more $$$ on power. 


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  Reply # 1877851 5-Oct-2017 13:21
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My spiralizer  makes veges great again.





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