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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7750 on: April 15, 2015, 11:37:25 AM »
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Is it common for people to use student loans for fun shit?

Very common. Student loans are for "living expenses" too.  Many people consider vacations (or super fancy apartments) part of standard living expenses.

And how could anyone even get through college without a Mac Book Air, an Ipad, an Iphone, and an Iwatch? ;)

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« Reply #7751 on: April 15, 2015, 11:45:43 AM »
When you start nursing school the government gives you these things they call low-anes or something.  Whatever they call it, it's a big pile of free money you get when you say you'll go get more schooling.  So it's like a bonus, you can go buy a new car, or buy a new macbook air, take a vacation, eat at a fancy restaurant, get your hair and nails done up, or anything else you've always wanted but never had the cash for.  It doesn't even matter if you go to class!

^^At least that's what I imagine is going through her head.
Is it common for people to use student loans for fun shit?
Is that a dumb question?
I never had any loans (combination of luck and doing the right things, I guess) but I literally never conceived of being able to, or wanting to, use them for anything other than actual school expenses. Maybe that's why I felt like the only broke-ass, with my ROTC scholarship and just enough hours cleaning dorm bathrooms to pay rent. I wish I could say I'd taken advantage of that massive headstart by vaulting ahead of the rest right out the gate, but I was still broke a full decade later because of dumb shit I did.
Anyway.
For real, never thought it was even possible to commit such dumbassery with student loans, even if you wanted to.

With my college friend group, it was uncommon for people to NOT use their loan money on stupid crap.

...and that's why several of them owe six figures now.

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« Reply #7752 on: April 15, 2015, 12:09:22 PM »
Is it common for people to use student loans for fun shit?
Is that a dumb question?

Anybody that has any amount of student loans, and does any type of "fun shit" is effectively financing their fun shit with student loans.  Every dollar that you spend on pizza, beer, a car, a movie, a vacation, etc is a dollar that you had because you have a student loan.  The same is true for all other forms of debt.  Going to a movie while you have a mortgage? Effectively taking a 4% loan to finance your movie ticket.

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« Reply #7753 on: April 15, 2015, 12:14:44 PM »

Is it common for people to use student loans for fun shit?
Is that a dumb question?


Boob jobs and new cars...

The car I can understand, I'm at a rural community college. Transportation is a necessity. 

Basic finances and long term planning are not skills my classmates seem to have.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7754 on: April 15, 2015, 12:41:21 PM »
Is it common for people to use student loans for fun shit?
Is that a dumb question?

Anybody that has any amount of student loans, and does any type of "fun shit" is effectively financing their fun shit with student loans.  Every dollar that you spend on pizza, beer, a car, a movie, a vacation, etc is a dollar that you had because you have a student loan.  The same is true for all other forms of debt.  Going to a movie while you have a mortgage? Effectively taking a 4% loan to finance your movie ticket.


this i don't get

if i took out a loan for the mortgage and i have the house, how am i now financing my movie ticket with the 4% loan? i exchanged the house for the loan money. if you look at it like this, its a triple exchange.


we like to express that loan amount as principal plus interest. but if you do the math ahead of time and just assume the maximum amount of time. you know the exact amount owed. but to say you are financing other stuff by not paying that faster makes no sense to me. . it could maybe be an opportunity cost. but nothing more.

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« Reply #7755 on: April 15, 2015, 12:49:38 PM »
it could maybe be an opportunity cost. but nothing more.

But that's the key.

If you have $10 that you've earned, and a mortgage, you could put that $10 towards the mortgage, saving you the 4% interest on it.

Or you could go to the movies.  By going to the movies, you're choosing to pay 4% on the $10.  Thus, in essence, your mortgage is financing that movie expenditure.

It may or may not be 100% accurate, but it's one valid way of looking at it.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7756 on: April 15, 2015, 12:57:53 PM »
Anybody that has any amount of student loans, and does any type of "fun shit" is effectively financing their fun shit with student loans.  Every dollar that you spend on pizza, beer, a car, a movie, a vacation, etc is a dollar that you had because you have a student loan.  The same is true for all other forms of debt.  Going to a movie while you have a mortgage? Effectively taking a 4% loan to finance your movie ticket.
Interesting way of looking at it, but I would distinguish between, say, borrowing $100K for tuition and borrowing $150K for tuition + lifestyle accessories. I was well out of college before I began to conceive how much of the latter actually happens.
Boggles the mind. I was dead set on not having student loans from the get-go. I'm not sure why, because I don't recall being raised to fear debt. Regardless, the idea of fucking oneself even harder than necessary just never occurred. Who are these people? Wait, I should just ask my mom... hahaha

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7757 on: April 15, 2015, 12:58:14 PM »
it could maybe be an opportunity cost. but nothing more.

But that's the key.

If you have $10 that you've earned, and a mortgage, you could put that $10 towards the mortgage, saving you the 4% interest on it.

Or you could go to the movies.  By going to the movies, you're choosing to pay 4% on the $10.  Thus, in essence, your mortgage is financing that movie expenditure.

It may or may not be 100% accurate, but it's one valid way of looking at it.

I don't have a mortgage or owe any money, so the way I see a dollar spent is that means one less dollar for me to invest, as my goal is to achieve FIRE, this means that I view spent money in terms of time added towards working.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7758 on: April 15, 2015, 01:20:58 PM »
it could maybe be an opportunity cost. but nothing more.

But that's the key.

If you have $10 that you've earned, and a mortgage, you could put that $10 towards the mortgage, saving you the 4% interest on it.

Or you could go to the movies.  By going to the movies, you're choosing to pay 4% on the $10.  Thus, in essence, your mortgage is financing that movie expenditure.

It may or may not be 100% accurate, but it's one valid way of looking at it.

i dont agree on how you are using opportunity cost

you either pay 10 on your mortgage or you pay 10 to go to the movies. if you pay 10 on the mortgage now,  it means no movie. if you pay for the movie now,   it means that later you have to pay 10 plus 4% for the mortgage.  you changed the timeline

I  argue that if you saw a movie later, it probably will increase in price, as well

i think we can both agree that the rate or inflation for the movie isnt the same as the APR for the mortgage but the 4% represents the opportunity to buy a house now. you didnt have the cash,  and you didnt want to wait and save up.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7759 on: April 15, 2015, 01:32:59 PM »
it could maybe be an opportunity cost. but nothing more.

But that's the key.

If you have $10 that you've earned, and a mortgage, you could put that $10 towards the mortgage, saving you the 4% interest on it.

Or you could go to the movies.  By going to the movies, you're choosing to pay 4% on the $10.  Thus, in essence, your mortgage is financing that movie expenditure.

It may or may not be 100% accurate, but it's one valid way of looking at it.

Exactly.  Say you have 100k, and you purchase a house for 100k, and also go on a vacation that costs 100k.  You need to finance one of those things.  You either pay the house outright and finance your vacation, or you pay for the vacation outright and finance the mortgage.  What is the difference (besides the obvious technicality that the house is used as collateral in one case, and you will get different terms on the different loans)?  You have essentially purchase 200k worth of goods with 100k cash and financed the other 100k.  If you think you are not financing your vacation because you paid that bill in full while taking on 100k worth of mortgage I would say you are fooling yourself. 

Or say I make 100k/yr, and I have 100k/yr worth of expenses, and I also purchase 100k/yr worth of faberge eggs on credit.  I just financed 100k worth of faberge eggs.   What if I instead put 100% of my living expenses on a credit card and purchase 100k worth of faberge eggs with cash.  What is the difference?  Would you argue that in second scenario I was not essentially financing my 100k/yr faberge egg habit because I technically paid cash for them while charging all my other expenses?  At the end of the year I have 100k worth of debt because of those damn faberge eggs, and my bank account balance really doesn't care which expenses I technically paid in cash.
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« Reply #7760 on: April 15, 2015, 01:34:43 PM »
it could maybe be an opportunity cost. but nothing more.

But that's the key.

If you have $10 that you've earned, and a mortgage, you could put that $10 towards the mortgage, saving you the 4% interest on it.

Or you could go to the movies.  By going to the movies, you're choosing to pay 4% on the $10.  Thus, in essence, your mortgage is financing that movie expenditure.

It may or may not be 100% accurate, but it's one valid way of looking at it.

Also http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fungibility

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7761 on: April 15, 2015, 01:37:17 PM »
it could maybe be an opportunity cost. but nothing more.

But that's the key.

If you have $10 that you've earned, and a mortgage, you could put that $10 towards the mortgage, saving you the 4% interest on it.

Or you could go to the movies.  By going to the movies, you're choosing to pay 4% on the $10.  Thus, in essence, your mortgage is financing that movie expenditure.

It may or may not be 100% accurate, but it's one valid way of looking at it.

i dont agree on how you are using opportunity cost

you either pay 10 on your mortgage or you pay 10 to go to the movies. if you pay 10 on the mortgage now,  it means no movie. if you pay for the movie now,   it means that later you have to pay 10 plus 4% for the mortgage.  you changed the timeline

I  argue that if you saw a movie later, it probably will increase in price, as well

i think we can both agree that the rate or inflation for the movie isnt the same as the APR for the mortgage but the 4% represents the opportunity to buy a house now. you didnt have the cash,  and you didnt want to wait and save up.

In essence what you are doing is transferring your $10 purchase into your mortgage.  Say you have $10 left on your mortgage balance today, and you have $10 cash.  You can either:

Pay $10 for a movie ticket and keep your $10 mortgage at 4%.
Pay your mortgage off, and then take a $10 loan at 4% to pay for your movie ticket.

Either way, if you see that movie you have a $10 loan at the end of the day, and no cash.

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« Reply #7762 on: April 15, 2015, 01:48:30 PM »
Or to give a real life example.  At one point I loaned a friend money, and it took a long time to pay it back, because he was always broke.  But he also had no problem buying weed.  Was I buying his weed?  I felt I was.  I loan him $100 to pay is electricity bill, which he does, but also buys $100 worth of weed the next week, while not paying me back.  What's the difference if he just took my $100 and bought the weed?

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« Reply #7763 on: April 15, 2015, 02:27:55 PM »
Or to give a real life example.  At one point I loaned a friend money, and it took a long time to pay it back, because he was always broke.  But he also had no problem buying weed.  Was I buying his weed?  I felt I was.  I loan him $100 to pay is electricity bill, which he does, but also buys $100 worth of weed the next week, while not paying me back.  What's the difference if he just took my $100 and bought the weed?

Still gots to smoke man.

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« Reply #7764 on: April 15, 2015, 02:31:04 PM »
Or to give a real life example.  At one point I loaned a friend money, and it took a long time to pay it back, because he was always broke.  But he also had no problem buying weed.  Was I buying his weed?  I felt I was.  I loan him $100 to pay is electricity bill, which he does, but also buys $100 worth of weed the next week, while not paying me back.  What's the difference if he just took my $100 and bought the weed?

Still gots to smoke man.

This right here was the logic my company had. We were wholesalers of many gift products but our business really slow down during the recession so we started bringing in smoking accessories because smokers gunna smoke.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7765 on: April 15, 2015, 02:33:16 PM »
What's the difference if he just took my $100 and bought the weed?

Because then he would probably feel obligated to share the weed with you, whereas if he used your $100 to pay for the electric bill then the weed is his, ALL HIS!!!11!

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« Reply #7766 on: April 15, 2015, 06:13:36 PM »
I am also a woman who likes to solve problems not just complain about them, but I am thinking most women who are into this kind of MMM thing are highly likely to be similar. Make sense?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7767 on: April 15, 2015, 06:23:45 PM »
it could maybe be an opportunity cost. but nothing more.

But that's the key.

If you have $10 that you've earned, and a mortgage, you could put that $10 towards the mortgage, saving you the 4% interest on it.

Or you could go to the movies.  By going to the movies, you're choosing to pay 4% on the $10.  Thus, in essence, your mortgage is financing that movie expenditure.

It may or may not be 100% accurate, but it's one valid way of looking at it.

i dont agree on how you are using opportunity cost

you either pay 10 on your mortgage or you pay 10 to go to the movies. if you pay 10 on the mortgage now,  it means no movie. if you pay for the movie now,   it means that later you have to pay 10 plus 4% for the mortgage.  you changed the timeline

I  argue that if you saw a movie later, it probably will increase in price, as well

i think we can both agree that the rate or inflation for the movie isnt the same as the APR for the mortgage but the 4% represents the opportunity to buy a house now. you didnt have the cash,  and you didnt want to wait and save up.


Why would the price go up? Sure, DVDs usually cost more than the price of a movie ticket but its an apples to oranges comparison. Yes, they are both fruit (or getting to view the movie) but buying it means that you get to watch it as many times as you want (barring wear and tear on discs) for the same price, unlike cinemas where you have to pay over and over.

A better comparison would be renting it. If you get it from a library or equivalent (my prefered method) it can be virtually free to completely free. For renting from a video store, the price should still be cheaper if you keep an eye on specials and borrow once its out of the new releases.

TL;DR The cost per viewing should go down, not up.

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« Reply #7768 on: April 15, 2015, 09:52:34 PM »
Viewing the same movie now, but in the future, the price should go down (deflation).

Viewing a new release in the future, the price should go up (inflation).
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« Reply #7769 on: April 16, 2015, 02:50:04 PM »
Co-worker just bought an expensive house, but has to pay final rent check on old apartment at the same time as the first mortgage payment is due.

"So they expect us to pay rent and a mortgage, like double. I don't get how they can expect that. Maybe we'll just run it up on a credit card or something".

Yikes.

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« Reply #7770 on: April 16, 2015, 02:54:40 PM »
it could maybe be an opportunity cost. but nothing more.

But that's the key.

If you have $10 that you've earned, and a mortgage, you could put that $10 towards the mortgage, saving you the 4% interest on it.

Or you could go to the movies.  By going to the movies, you're choosing to pay 4% on the $10.  Thus, in essence, your mortgage is financing that movie expenditure.

It may or may not be 100% accurate, but it's one valid way of looking at it.

i dont agree on how you are using opportunity cost

you either pay 10 on your mortgage or you pay 10 to go to the movies. if you pay 10 on the mortgage now,  it means no movie. if you pay for the movie now,   it means that later you have to pay 10 plus 4% for the mortgage.  you changed the timeline

I  argue that if you saw a movie later, it probably will increase in price, as well

i think we can both agree that the rate or inflation for the movie isnt the same as the APR for the mortgage but the 4% represents the opportunity to buy a house now. you didnt have the cash,  and you didnt want to wait and save up.


Why would the price go up? Sure, DVDs usually cost more than the price of a movie ticket but its an apples to oranges comparison. Yes, they are both fruit (or getting to view the movie) but buying it means that you get to watch it as many times as you want (barring wear and tear on discs) for the same price, unlike cinemas where you have to pay over and over.

A better comparison would be renting it. If you get it from a library or equivalent (my prefered method) it can be virtually free to completely free. For renting from a video store, the price should still be cheaper if you keep an eye on specials and borrow once its out of the new releases.

TL;DR The cost per viewing should go down, not up.

I don't watch many movies more than once, so if it isn't good enough to watch in the theaters I would most likely get it from the library (free), rent it at the library (50 cents a day), rent it from Redbox (1.25/day) or borrow it from a friend (free), which is way cheapter than paying $10. Of course another option is going to a second-run theater, which would be around $3.

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« Reply #7771 on: April 16, 2015, 05:17:51 PM »
Overheard at work: $30,000 watch. My brain hurts :-( yes this persons household income is considerably higher than mine, but it would still be like me buying a 6k watch... wtf? My 12 year old $150 watch is still going strong... it felt like such a luxury at the time! I also tryed to convince people that luxury goods were for the ultra rich not cubicle jockeys like us. That we aren't  even the target market... the target market is the ultra rich, ceos, pop stars etc... don't  think anyone else agreed with me. But i have never seen myself as being in that realm :-S

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« Reply #7772 on: April 16, 2015, 07:16:21 PM »

Overheard at work: $30,000 watch. My brain hurts :-( yes this persons household income is considerably higher than mine, but it would still be like me buying a 6k watch... wtf? My 12 year old $150 watch is still going strong... it felt like such a luxury at the time! I also tryed to convince people that luxury goods were for the ultra rich not cubicle jockeys like us. That we aren't  even the target market... the target market is the ultra rich, ceos, pop stars etc... don't  think anyone else agreed with me. But i have never seen myself as being in that realm :-S

If only the ultra rich purchased these things the companies would go under. The Millionaire Next Door touched on this and noted the people that chase these possessions as the "aspirational rich" who never actually get there cause they spend so much on trying to appear like they are there already. But I agree holy fucking shit that is insane for a watch!!!!



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« Reply #7773 on: April 17, 2015, 02:20:57 AM »
it could maybe be an opportunity cost. but nothing more.

But that's the key.

If you have $10 that you've earned, and a mortgage, you could put that $10 towards the mortgage, saving you the 4% interest on it.

Or you could go to the movies.  By going to the movies, you're choosing to pay 4% on the $10.  Thus, in essence, your mortgage is financing that movie expenditure.

It may or may not be 100% accurate, but it's one valid way of looking at it.

i dont agree on how you are using opportunity cost

you either pay 10 on your mortgage or you pay 10 to go to the movies. if you pay 10 on the mortgage now,  it means no movie. if you pay for the movie now,   it means that later you have to pay 10 plus 4% for the mortgage.  you changed the timeline

I  argue that if you saw a movie later, it probably will increase in price, as well

i think we can both agree that the rate or inflation for the movie isnt the same as the APR for the mortgage but the 4% represents the opportunity to buy a house now. you didnt have the cash,  and you didnt want to wait and save up.


Why would the price go up? Sure, DVDs usually cost more than the price of a movie ticket but its an apples to oranges comparison. Yes, they are both fruit (or getting to view the movie) but buying it means that you get to watch it as many times as you want (barring wear and tear on discs) for the same price, unlike cinemas where you have to pay over and over.

A better comparison would be renting it. If you get it from a library or equivalent (my prefered method) it can be virtually free to completely free. For renting from a video store, the price should still be cheaper if you keep an eye on specials and borrow once its out of the new releases.

TL;DR The cost per viewing should go down, not up.

I don't watch many movies more than once, so if it isn't good enough to watch in the theaters I would most likely get it from the library (free), rent it at the library (50 cents a day), rent it from Redbox (1.25/day) or borrow it from a friend (free), which is way cheapter than paying $10. Of course another option is going to a second-run theater, which would be around $3.


I haven't paid for a movie ticket in a long time, but I just found out they are now $15 in some areas!  I thought that was absolutely crazy!  My company used to give everyone 4 passes before each summer (doesn't anymore), but when they stopped giving out passes I stopped going. 

We watch a lot of Netflix and Amazon Prime (no cable only Internet).  Sometimes will splurge on a movie from Amazon (~$4.99) if Redbox doesn't have it, but we limit those since we think Amazon Prime is already expensive enough.

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« Reply #7774 on: April 17, 2015, 07:52:26 AM »
Overheard at work: $30,000 watch. My brain hurts :-( yes this persons household income is considerably higher than mine, but it would still be like me buying a 6k watch... wtf? My 12 year old $150 watch is still going strong... it felt like such a luxury at the time! I also tryed to convince people that luxury goods were for the ultra rich not cubicle jockeys like us. That we aren't  even the target market... the target market is the ultra rich, ceos, pop stars etc... don't  think anyone else agreed with me. But i have never seen myself as being in that realm :-S

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« Reply #7775 on: April 17, 2015, 10:50:55 AM »

Overheard at work: $30,000 watch. My brain hurts :-( yes this persons household income is considerably higher than mine, but it would still be like me buying a 6k watch... wtf? My 12 year old $150 watch is still going strong... it felt like such a luxury at the time! I also tryed to convince people that luxury goods were for the ultra rich not cubicle jockeys like us. That we aren't  even the target market... the target market is the ultra rich, ceos, pop stars etc... don't  think anyone else agreed with me. But i have never seen myself as being in that realm :-S

If only the ultra rich purchased these things the companies would go under. The Millionaire Next Door touched on this and noted the people that chase these possessions as the "aspirational rich" who never actually get there cause they spend so much on trying to appear like they are there already. But I agree holy fucking shit that is insane for a watch!!!!


When questioned about this sort of thing most people respond with "But I deserve it." Whatever it is. It doesn't matter. They deserve it. "Rich people aren't better than me. I deserve to own one too." I don't know where this idea of "deserving" going into debt to buy a status symbol came from. Must be some really good marketing ads my brain didn't interpret correctly.

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« Reply #7776 on: April 17, 2015, 10:56:43 AM »

Overheard at work: $30,000 watch. My brain hurts :-( yes this persons household income is considerably higher than mine, but it would still be like me buying a 6k watch... wtf? My 12 year old $150 watch is still going strong... it felt like such a luxury at the time! I also tryed to convince people that luxury goods were for the ultra rich not cubicle jockeys like us. That we aren't  even the target market... the target market is the ultra rich, ceos, pop stars etc... don't  think anyone else agreed with me. But i have never seen myself as being in that realm :-S

If only the ultra rich purchased these things the companies would go under. The Millionaire Next Door touched on this and noted the people that chase these possessions as the "aspirational rich" who never actually get there cause they spend so much on trying to appear like they are there already. But I agree holy fucking shit that is insane for a watch!!!!


When questioned about this sort of thing most people respond with "But I deserve it." Whatever it is. It doesn't matter. They deserve it. "Rich people aren't better than me. I deserve to own one too." I don't know where this idea of "deserving" going into debt to buy a status symbol came from. Must be some really good marketing ads my brain didn't interpret correctly.

One of the three times I was ever close to breaking up SWMBO was early in our relationship when she got an iPhone. She said that she had a shitty phone for so long, she deserved a nice one. I never understood that, and the sense of entitlement really upset me. Because you had something that wasn't that great, but didn't even exist 15 years prior, you deserve to pay more month over month for eternity to have a better version of that thing that we all got along fine without for so long?

I don't think she ever knew how much that bothered me, since I don't think I actually said anything about it (we hadn't been dating long enough for me to get involved in her finances). I watched her spending habits closely for the next few months (and years) and realized that she likes some nice things, but isn't spendthrift and in general doesn't have any entitlement issues, so I got over it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7777 on: April 17, 2015, 11:33:54 AM »

Overheard at work: $30,000 watch. My brain hurts :-( yes this persons household income is considerably higher than mine, but it would still be like me buying a 6k watch... wtf? My 12 year old $150 watch is still going strong... it felt like such a luxury at the time! I also tryed to convince people that luxury goods were for the ultra rich not cubicle jockeys like us. That we aren't  even the target market... the target market is the ultra rich, ceos, pop stars etc... don't  think anyone else agreed with me. But i have never seen myself as being in that realm :-S

If only the ultra rich purchased these things the companies would go under. The Millionaire Next Door touched on this and noted the people that chase these possessions as the "aspirational rich" who never actually get there cause they spend so much on trying to appear like they are there already. But I agree holy fucking shit that is insane for a watch!!!!


When questioned about this sort of thing most people respond with "But I deserve it." Whatever it is. It doesn't matter. They deserve it. "Rich people aren't better than me. I deserve to own one too." I don't know where this idea of "deserving" going into debt to buy a status symbol came from. Must be some really good marketing ads my brain didn't interpret correctly.

"But I deserve it." describes several relatives of mine to a T.  Never mind they're in working-class to lower-middle-class jobs.  Spending more than a few hours at an event with them makes my brain want to explode.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7778 on: April 17, 2015, 11:40:21 AM »

Overheard at work: $30,000 watch. My brain hurts :-( yes this persons household income is considerably higher than mine, but it would still be like me buying a 6k watch... wtf? My 12 year old $150 watch is still going strong... it felt like such a luxury at the time! I also tryed to convince people that luxury goods were for the ultra rich not cubicle jockeys like us. That we aren't  even the target market... the target market is the ultra rich, ceos, pop stars etc... don't  think anyone else agreed with me. But i have never seen myself as being in that realm :-S

If only the ultra rich purchased these things the companies would go under. The Millionaire Next Door touched on this and noted the people that chase these possessions as the "aspirational rich" who never actually get there cause they spend so much on trying to appear like they are there already. But I agree holy fucking shit that is insane for a watch!!!!


When questioned about this sort of thing most people respond with "But I deserve it." Whatever it is. It doesn't matter. They deserve it. "Rich people aren't better than me. I deserve to own one too." I don't know where this idea of "deserving" going into debt to buy a status symbol came from. Must be some really good marketing ads my brain didn't interpret correctly.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7779 on: April 17, 2015, 11:41:44 AM »
Overheard at work: $30,000 watch. My brain hurts :-( yes this persons household income is considerably higher than mine, but it would still be like me buying a 6k watch... wtf? My 12 year old $150 watch is still going strong... it felt like such a luxury at the time! I also tryed to convince people that luxury goods were for the ultra rich not cubicle jockeys like us. That we aren't  even the target market... the target market is the ultra rich, ceos, pop stars etc... don't  think anyone else agreed with me. But i have never seen myself as being in that realm :-S

You have a $150 watch? Even that's out of my league.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7780 on: April 17, 2015, 11:54:37 AM »
2010 :Overhearing one of the boys at work saying that they have a hard time living on such small wages in such an expensive province (Alberta). He couldn't make his child support payment this month because of a drunk driving charge he received awhile back and how is current GF totalled his car and was charged with no insurance and no drivers licence... A few weeks later his GF bought him $2000 bucks in coke to help him relax for his birthday.

2011: Another guy, who while not too horrible with his money (only has a 60K loan on an used Audi, living with mom & dad, no savings), also needed to somehow save up 10k to pay for his lawyer to fight his DUI charge. He really needs to drive; how else will you go out and spend 2k a night partying if you can't drive there?

Both were fired for being idiots at later dates .....

Yeah, I'm suprised the first wasn't fired sooner. We don't really care what our employees do during their free hours, but if they are talking about buying coke while at work, most places would fire them on the spot.

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« Reply #7781 on: April 17, 2015, 11:56:44 AM »
2010 :Overhearing one of the boys at work saying that they have a hard time living on such small wages in such an expensive province (Alberta). He couldn't make his child support payment this month because of a drunk driving charge he received awhile back and how is current GF totalled his car and was charged with no insurance and no drivers licence... A few weeks later his GF bought him $2000 bucks in coke to help him relax for his birthday.

2011: Another guy, who while not too horrible with his money (only has a 60K loan on an used Audi, living with mom & dad, no savings), also needed to somehow save up 10k to pay for his lawyer to fight his DUI charge. He really needs to drive; how else will you go out and spend 2k a night partying if you can't drive there?

Both were fired for being idiots at later dates .....

Yeah, I'm suprised the first wasn't fired sooner. We don't really care what our employees do during their free hours, but if they are talking about buying coke while at work, most places would fire them on the spot.

Ah, a newcomer making his way through the thread. Good luck!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7782 on: April 17, 2015, 12:05:09 PM »
Overheard at work: $30,000 watch. My brain hurts :-( yes this persons household income is considerably higher than mine, but it would still be like me buying a 6k watch... wtf? My 12 year old $150 watch is still going strong... it felt like such a luxury at the time! I also tryed to convince people that luxury goods were for the ultra rich not cubicle jockeys like us. That we aren't  even the target market... the target market is the ultra rich, ceos, pop stars etc... don't  think anyone else agreed with me. But i have never seen myself as being in that realm :-S

You have a $150 watch? Even that's out of my league.

Lol, I owed a decent watch but I would never remember to wear it so I ended up just selling it to a friend that liked it. Even on the occasions I did wear it, I would usually use my phone to check the time anyways.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7783 on: April 17, 2015, 12:05:51 PM »
Overheard at work: $30,000 watch. My brain hurts :-( yes this persons household income is considerably higher than mine, but it would still be like me buying a 6k watch... wtf? My 12 year old $150 watch is still going strong... it felt like such a luxury at the time! I also tryed to convince people that luxury goods were for the ultra rich not cubicle jockeys like us. That we aren't  even the target market... the target market is the ultra rich, ceos, pop stars etc... don't  think anyone else agreed with me. But i have never seen myself as being in that realm :-S

Is it an Apple watch made of unobtainium and powered by uranium?
Naha,
powered by Unbrainium.

FWIW, some watches could be considered collector's items, and may appreciate in value in certain markets, although we all know that ultimately things are worth what others will pay for them. It's the same premise by which some paintings or sculptures are worth millions - it just takes an intimate knowledge of the market to identify what is considered "valuable".

I agree that $30k for a watch is Caligulan excess. This reminds me of a story that kinda fits here. Having read all 161 pages of this thread, I feel like it's time to contribute :-) My first contribution to this thread will be an "Overheard a few years ago in college" one, as my coworkers are surprisingly reasonable:

Imagine my surprise when I learned that one of my hallmates in my college dorm had 2 ~$35k Rolexes in his room - I was dumbstruck! But wait, it gets better:

...AND a ~$9k Tag Heuer watch that he never wore.

AND 3 Ferrari's.

AND a 7-series BMW.

AND a ~$100k Mercedes.

AND a Ford Expedition.

AND a BMW X5.

AND a house so big that a mutual friend of ours literally got lost and wound up in a DIFFERENT WING by mistake, in a high-COL area.

...

I could go on for days. The level of ridiculous consumption was/continues to be baffling. I know nothing about whether or not they could "afford" all of this, but that isn't really the point...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7784 on: April 17, 2015, 12:16:13 PM »
Overheard at work: $30,000 watch. My brain hurts :-( yes this persons household income is considerably higher than mine, but it would still be like me buying a 6k watch... wtf? My 12 year old $150 watch is still going strong... it felt like such a luxury at the time! I also tryed to convince people that luxury goods were for the ultra rich not cubicle jockeys like us. That we aren't  even the target market... the target market is the ultra rich, ceos, pop stars etc... don't  think anyone else agreed with me. But i have never seen myself as being in that realm :-S

You have a $150 watch? Even that's out of my league.

Lol, I owed a decent watch but I would never remember to wear it so I ended up just selling it to a friend that liked it. Even on the occasions I did wear it, I would usually use my phone to check the time anyways.

I sold a watch my grandfather gave me (that he was going to throw out) for $800. I don't wear watches unless I'm going to be camping for an extended time... last time I did that I was in grade school.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7785 on: April 17, 2015, 01:08:36 PM »
I sold a watch my grandfather gave me

Did it come to you via Chris Walken?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7786 on: April 17, 2015, 01:14:11 PM »
Specifically the rectum thereof?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7787 on: April 17, 2015, 01:38:39 PM »
I sold a watch my grandfather gave me

Did it come to you via Chris Walken?

Specifically the rectum thereof?

LOL, you guys.

I have two watches--a cheapo black Casio I wear on weekends and a Citizen Eco-Drive I wear to work and when being dressy.  The Citizen retailed at the time for $350, but I bought it off eBay for $80.  It's a spiffy little watch.  Unlike Pooperman I feel naked without wearing a watch; with few exceptions I've worn a watch every day since the fourth grade.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7788 on: April 17, 2015, 01:39:28 PM »
I sold a watch my grandfather gave me (that he was going to throw out) for $800. I don't wear watches unless I'm going to be camping for an extended time... last time I did that I was in grade school.

Why wear a watch camping? That's one of the few times I don't care what time it is. Setup camp 45 minutes before sundown or 3 fingers from the horizon.

I like Fossil watches, a good style can be classy or casual. Take your old one in and you can usually get 50% off your new one. Not that I trade in very often, got my first in 11th grade, second 5 years ago, and third 2 years ago... hmm, quality may be going down.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7789 on: April 17, 2015, 01:44:56 PM »
I sold a watch my grandfather gave me (that he was going to throw out) for $800. I don't wear watches unless I'm going to be camping for an extended time... last time I did that I was in grade school.

Why wear a watch camping? That's one of the few times I don't care what time it is. Setup camp 45 minutes before sundown or 3 fingers from the horizon.

Because you might be going somewhere while camping and not have access to electronics outside of your watch. Also helps with orienteering should you be doing something like that (a compass is better, but a watch is a substitute if you can math).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7790 on: April 17, 2015, 01:48:22 PM »
I sold a watch my grandfather gave me

Did it come to you via Chris Walken?

HAHAHA, thanks for reminding me of that skit.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7791 on: April 17, 2015, 01:49:11 PM »

Because you might be going somewhere while camping and not have access to electronics outside of your watch. Also helps with orienteering should you be doing something like that (a compass is better, but a watch is a substitute if you can math).

How do you do that?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7792 on: April 17, 2015, 01:54:06 PM »

Because you might be going somewhere while camping and not have access to electronics outside of your watch. Also helps with orienteering should you be doing something like that (a compass is better, but a watch is a substitute if you can math).

How do you do that?

http://www.wikihow.com/Find-Direction-Using-a-Watch

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7793 on: April 17, 2015, 02:07:54 PM »
I sold a watch my grandfather gave me (that he was going to throw out) for $800. I don't wear watches unless I'm going to be camping for an extended time... last time I did that I was in grade school.

Why wear a watch camping? That's one of the few times I don't care what time it is. Setup camp 45 minutes before sundown or 3 fingers from the horizon.


Very true. I was just hoping it wasn't and for importance knowing the time on vacation.

Because you might be going somewhere while camping and not have access to electronics outside of your watch. Also helps with orienteering should you be doing something like that (a compass is better, but a watch is a substitute if you can math).
« Last Edit: April 17, 2015, 02:21:24 PM by zdravé »

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7794 on: April 17, 2015, 02:08:06 PM »

Because you might be going somewhere while camping and not have access to electronics outside of your watch. Also helps with orienteering should you be doing something like that (a compass is better, but a watch is a substitute if you can math).

How do you do that?

What if my watch is digital?

http://www.wikihow.com/Find-Direction-Using-a-Watch

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7795 on: April 17, 2015, 04:34:03 PM »

Because you might be going somewhere while camping and not have access to electronics outside of your watch. Also helps with orienteering should you be doing something like that (a compass is better, but a watch is a substitute if you can math).

How do you do that?

What if my watch is digital?

http://www.wikihow.com/Find-Direction-Using-a-Watch

You can still use it to estimate how far you've gone,if you've boiled your water long enough, etc.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7796 on: April 17, 2015, 04:58:38 PM »
"We owe $1500 on taxes, so now we're broke!"

Months after buying a brand new (2015?) Honda Accord to replace the previously-new 2014 Tacoma that was totalled about 2 months after they bought it...

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« Reply #7797 on: April 18, 2015, 02:09:53 PM »
JLee:  That is good.  It must be tax time because mine is very similar. 

CW:  "We owe $1800 in taxes, and there is no way we can pay that!"   (Recently bought a new Buick.)
Me:  "Well first and foremost you need to make sure you have another $150 taken from your paycheck each month so it doesn't happen again."
CW: "OMG!  I can't afford this, there is no way I can afford that!  I'm already in the red.  I can't have smaller paychecks!"
Me:  "Well if you don't then you are just going to owe a bunch of money again next year."

10 minutes later...
CW:  "I just bought tickets to go to a concert in [city 8 hours away].  However I'm not really sure how I'm going to afford the hotel room."

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« Reply #7798 on: April 18, 2015, 03:37:37 PM »
JLee:  That is good.  It must be tax time because mine is very similar. 

CW:  "We owe $1800 in taxes, and there is no way we can pay that!"   (Recently bought a new Buick.)
Me:  "Well first and foremost you need to make sure you have another $150 taken from your paycheck each month so it doesn't happen again."
CW: "OMG!  I can't afford this, there is no way I can afford that!  I'm already in the red.  I can't have smaller paychecks!"
Me:  "Well if you don't then you are just going to owe a bunch of money again next year."

10 minutes later...
CW:  "I just bought tickets to go to a concert in [city 8 hours away].  However I'm not really sure how I'm going to afford the hotel room."

Boggles the mind...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7799 on: April 18, 2015, 03:39:31 PM »
JLee:  That is good.  It must be tax time because mine is very similar. 

CW:  "We owe $1800 in taxes, and there is no way we can pay that!"   (Recently bought a new Buick.)
Me:  "Well first and foremost you need to make sure you have another $150 taken from your paycheck each month so it doesn't happen again."
CW: "OMG!  I can't afford this, there is no way I can afford that!  I'm already in the red.  I can't have smaller paychecks!"
Me:  "Well if you don't then you are just going to owe a bunch of money again next year."

10 minutes later...
CW:  "I just bought tickets to go to a concert in [city 8 hours away].  However I'm not really sure how I'm going to afford the hotel room."

Wow.  Just wow.