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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #350 on: January 02, 2017, 07:04:44 AM »
Yes, they last forever, or forever enough for our lifetimes.  And craigslist is littered with them!  Since there's really no way to damage heavy metal, craigslist is the most economical way to go.

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #351 on: January 15, 2017, 02:20:29 PM »
After pining for a barbell and Olympic plates for years (but too frugal to buy), I read MMMs new post with him pictured doing a barbell squat. That was enough to push me over the edge and buy a barbell with plates, both of which should last me my entire lifetime.

Short of leaving them outside in the elements (which I don't plan to do) or droping them from height, what could possibly happen to shorten, their virtually endless, longevity? I don't want to ever buy these again.

Your wife gets tired of seeing them (unused) in the family room, taking up space....

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #352 on: January 15, 2017, 04:02:37 PM »
I think hammers really do last a very long time, though. I have a small ball peen hammer that was my grandfather's and for all I know, his grandfather's.

I found a 3# sledge that a family member lost in the woods 20 years prior. The handle was gone, but his name was still clear. He put a new handle on it and it worked fine.

My corded Hilti hammer drill (mentioned earlier) is showing its age with what I would consider light use. . .

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #353 on: February 18, 2017, 02:36:56 PM »
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Basically all clothing items wear out, so the only ones that qualify are the ones with lifetime free replacement guarantees.  REI gear, Land's End, Osprey, a few others.  Those are BIFL companies, though, not BIFL items.
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I got a MEC rainjacket from the thrift store. MEC has a lifetime warranty. The inside PU membrane is cracked and peeling off at the neck and armpit areas. I wonder If I can fix it by myself and what are the steps to do that.
Or if I should try to see if the MEC can replace/repair it? Does anyone have some advice.

Thanks
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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #354 on: February 19, 2017, 12:45:08 AM »
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Basically all clothing items wear out, so the only ones that qualify are the ones with lifetime free replacement guarantees.  REI gear, Land's End, Osprey, a few others.  Those are BIFL companies, though, not BIFL items.
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I got a MEC rainjacket from the thrift store. MEC has a lifetime warranty. The inside PU membrane is cracked and peeling off at the neck and armpit areas. I wonder If I can fix it by myself and what are the steps to do that.
Or if I should try to see if the MEC can replace/repair it? Does anyone have some advice.

Thanks
  ooh,  I just noticed this on my son's MEC jacket.  following, because  I never considered the warranty option.  hm. what about a pull on my merino sweater?

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #355 on: February 19, 2017, 03:00:05 AM »
Ooooh, MagLites are definitely worthy of this list too. Really practical when operating in tight corners, you can just, ermm, stick it in your mouth and have both hands free. I leave the king-size model in my glove box, it doubles as a "leave-me-alone" stick should I become stranded in a questionable neighborhood.

I always thought some sort of a mouthpiece, complete with drool catching tray, should be included with the smaller MagLites.

These exist, you replace the end cap with a little rubber wedge

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #356 on: February 19, 2017, 07:57:27 AM »
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hm. what about a pull on my merino sweater?

Tug gently on the fabric on the sides and then above and below the pull, in an effort to get as much of the pulled yarn back in place as you can.  Then, using a small crochet hook, poke the hook through the fabric at the base of the pull from wrong side to right side, grab the pull with the hook, and pull that dangly yarn through to the wrong side of the sweater.  If you don't have a crochet hook, you can use a needle.  Here is a little video on using needles, with and without thread, to pull through the snagged yarn.
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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #357 on: April 03, 2017, 05:15:07 PM »
Does anyone have any recommendations for button down shirts - that are durable?
Tired of buying shirts that don't last.
I know clothing isn't usually BIFL, but I would like something as durable as I can get.

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #358 on: April 04, 2017, 05:15:00 AM »
What is wearing out on your shirts?

LLBean and Land's End seem very well made, and my dh has a couple of Abercrombie shirts from the thrift store that seem nice and heavy.

Eventually, the collars look shabby, and if your really want to extend the life of a shirt you can pick out the stitching, turn the collar over, and resew it.

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #359 on: April 15, 2017, 10:38:02 AM »
The points of the collars wear out on mine, as well as the ends of the sleeves where the shirt rubs against my desk. The Gold Label shirts from Dillard's seem to last as long as any of them, but are definitely not BIFL.

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #360 on: May 11, 2017, 12:56:06 AM »
Australian Drizabone Oilskin coats. Last forever. They've been making them for almost 120 years. Stories abound in Australia of people owning the coats for 50+ years.

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #361 on: May 11, 2017, 07:12:51 AM »
I have read through most of this thread and haven't seen it mentioned yet so...

Cutco Knives!

We received a small set for our wedding and they have been amazing. 6 years in and just as sharp as the day we got them. If you ever need them repaired or sharpened, they will do it for free (I think you just pay shipping).

I regularly tease my parents, because they have owned many sets of kitchen knives of the years. Rather than dropping a bit more to get a good set that will last 30 years, they have to buy a new set every few years. And none of their knives have ever cut as well as the Cutco ones we have.


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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #362 on: May 19, 2017, 04:12:51 PM »
Also in theater kitchen category: frying pans. I go against the general consensus and recommend iron, but not cast iron for frying pans. Still heavy, but less so than cast iron. Also less brittle, which is a nice perk if it ever drops. Virtually indistructable material.
I have a DeBuyer pan, which I absolutely love. http://www.debuyer.com/en/products/mineral-b-element-round-fry-pan
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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #363 on: June 05, 2017, 08:18:29 AM »
Does anyone have any recommendations for button down shirts - that are durable?
Tired of buying shirts that don't last.
I know clothing isn't usually BIFL, but I would like something as durable as I can get.

Land's End (particularly when they are on sale).
Costco has really low prices on Kirkland Signature dress shirts (button down and spread collars).  No idea about their longevity but I trust Costco and full price is $17.95.

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #364 on: June 05, 2017, 08:43:01 AM »
Does anyone have any recommendations for button down shirts - that are durable?
Tired of buying shirts that don't last.
I know clothing isn't usually BIFL, but I would like something as durable as I can get.

Land's End (particularly when they are on sale).
Costco has really low prices on Kirkland Signature dress shirts (button down and spread collars).  No idea about their longevity but I trust Costco and full price is $17.95.

How do they make it so cheaply? Second you on the Lands end.


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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #365 on: June 07, 2017, 12:30:11 PM »
Does anyone have any recommendations for button down shirts - that are durable?
Tired of buying shirts that don't last.
I know clothing isn't usually BIFL, but I would like something as durable as I can get.

Land's End (particularly when they are on sale).
Costco has really low prices on Kirkland Signature dress shirts (button down and spread collars).  No idea about their longevity but I trust Costco and full price is $17.95.

How do they make it so cheaply? Second you on the Lands end.


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I think it is a reflection on the giant mark ups that other retailers take that Costco does not.  I just bought a white Kirkland Signature button down oxford on sale at Costco for $12.97.  I can't tell any difference between it and my expensive dress shirts.  It will not last forever but I suspect it will last as long as my other more expensive dress shirts.

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #366 on: July 24, 2017, 11:40:06 AM »
Does anyone have any recommendations for button down shirts - that are durable?
Tired of buying shirts that don't last.
I know clothing isn't usually BIFL, but I would like something as durable as I can get.

I have Lands End shirts, wore them daily for over 20 years.  Now they sit in the closet because I FIRED.
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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #367 on: July 25, 2017, 08:23:33 AM »
I just used the Vitamix for the first time at a friend's house. Threw in a couple of large and square ice cubes in my smoothie and they are now gone! Any normal blender that I have used simply bounces them around (tumbles them) and makes a ton of noise. Not this one.

To each his own.

BTW - being mustachian means a lot of things, not just what you purchase and what you don't or how much you pay for a mixer. It seems as though some people wield the label like a sword, for whatever reason they have, picking out what serves their cause or makes their point and discarding the rest (until use later for another "cause").

I ride bikes and have for my entire life - and I mean commute to work pre-FIRE for 30+ years, shopping, play, etc. every day, but I have a powerboat, motorcycle, and a van. I have a 4 bedroom house with a pool, but have made the house so efficient that my power bill dropped to less than half of the previous owner and should be able sell it for a significant profit in the next few years when we downsize. I spend 2.5 times as much as the 4% Rule on a million bucks, but I FIRED at 54 (had plans for 47, but got remarried to my DW with 3 children which added a few years onto that). I also own some expensive things because I like them, they often work flawlessly, and they usually last a long time. I'd rather not go out and buy a new one every year, regardless of how much I save in the process. As an example, I could go out and buy a Harbor Freight table grinder for less than half the price of a Dewalt, but it wobbles and has a loose grinding plate and therefore is dangerous and my end product (sharpened teeth on my Vermeer stump grinder) are not sharpened properly. How much does buying the cheep table grinder save me? Answer - it doesn't.

BTW- I did use dandelion greens in my smoothie, but got them at Whole Foods ; )

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #368 on: July 25, 2017, 08:35:58 AM »
8. Cuisinart Food Processor- as long as you don't break the plastic lid it's good. had mine 12 years
I broke the plastic lid on mine.  But before that, it lasted my grandpa about 30 years and me about 5 years.  Now I have a shitty Walmart food processor.  I'm sure I'll get another Cuisinart eventually.

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #369 on: July 31, 2017, 04:14:26 PM »
8. Cuisinart Food Processor- as long as you don't break the plastic lid it's good. had mine 12 years
I broke the plastic lid on mine.  But before that, it lasted my grandpa about 30 years and me about 5 years.  Now I have a shitty Walmart food processor.  I'm sure I'll get another Cuisinart eventually.

Wait, why not just buy another lid?
Try the Cuisinart parts page (select the model first)
Try EBay searches
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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #370 on: August 01, 2017, 06:13:09 AM »
8. Cuisinart Food Processor- as long as you don't break the plastic lid it's good. had mine 12 years
I broke the plastic lid on mine.  But before that, it lasted my grandpa about 30 years and me about 5 years.  Now I have a shitty Walmart food processor.  I'm sure I'll get another Cuisinart eventually.

FYI, if your Cuisinart food processor has rivets in the blades, the blade has been recalled. Contact Cuisinart for a free replacement - but be prepared for a LONG wait.

https://www.consumerreports.org/recalls/cuisinart-food-processor-blade-replacement-delayed/
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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #371 on: August 01, 2017, 07:38:39 AM »
8. Cuisinart Food Processor- as long as you don't break the plastic lid it's good. had mine 12 years
I broke the plastic lid on mine.  But before that, it lasted my grandpa about 30 years and me about 5 years.  Now I have a shitty Walmart food processor.  I'm sure I'll get another Cuisinart eventually.

FYI, if your Cuisinart food processor has rivets in the blades, the blade has been recalled. Contact Cuisinart for a free replacement - but be prepared for a LONG wait.

https://www.consumerreports.org/recalls/cuisinart-food-processor-blade-replacement-delayed/
Mine was definitely from way before '96, but thanks for the heads-up.  I can't believe the affected blades span almost 20 years, that's nuts.
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And it took a pretty bad tumble in a move, so there was more broken on it before the lid situation.  The poor thing deserved better than I dealt out.

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #372 on: August 02, 2017, 02:47:31 PM »
I am really looking forward to getting a solid Kenwood (all glass and stainless steel bowls/jugs, 1700W motor) kitchen machine in a month or two. I have gotten so accustomed to using it at friends and family that our kitchen feels like it is missing something essential without it. I love making things from scratch, and baking bread/sauerkraut/making hummus or other dips gets so much easier with one.

But one of the things I like the most is that the model I'm looking at (the Titanium) has a 10 year motor guarantee (I have friends who have had theirs for over 20 years with no hiccups) and the whole customisable thing. Instead of filling my kitchen with several motors that all could break down individually and cost a lot to produce/recycle, it makes much more sense to me to get one, sturdy motor (hence paying the premium for a 1700W motor) with repair options. You can get attachments to the Kenwood (blender jugs, spice grinder, food processor, ice cream maker, whatever) that can do almost anything short of making waffles. They are amazing. Oh, and they make great bread/pizza too.

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #373 on: August 22, 2017, 04:06:28 PM »
Loving this thread!

I bought a Brooklyn Industries backpack fifteen years ago that is ridiculously sturdy and doesn't seem to be wearing out at all. I kind of wish it would, because I'm a little tired of it, but oh well. I use it every day for work (I'm a teacher).

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #374 on: August 26, 2017, 01:57:46 AM »
Someone commented 'Not BIFL-> any apple product.'  I get what they were trying to say, buuuut I enjoy my apple products and I don't find the windows or non-apple equivalent to last any longer.
it all depends on how you use it.. i'm still using my ipod nano generation 2 circa 2007 which makes it 10 years old. and my mac air gen 1 circa 2010 daily. the mac air has gone through many os upgrades and one ssd upgrade. still going strong and i'll see if they hit the 15 year mark.

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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #375 on: September 08, 2017, 04:29:13 PM »
Just ordered a second hand dress for $1000, and am looking to spend another ~300 on accessories. Since we already have two dresses in the same category, we can reuse some of the jewelry, but need to get a different type of shoes and ribbons. I expect this dress to last for at least two generations. The two dresses we already have are approaching 50 and 25 years old, and will last for a long time.

Sounds crazy to spend so much on a piece of clothing, but these are national costumes that never go out of fashion (since the design already is several 100 years old), and can replace the need for all types of "nice" clothes, including a wedding dress. I got married in the dress that now is approaching 25 y.o., and my kids have used the same dress for dancing and singing performances the last few years. The oldest dress was an inheritance from my grandmother via an aunt.

This newest purchase is to celebrate the kids' Sami roots through their father's side. We are all waiting for the mail to arrive:
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Re: Buy It For Life!
« Reply #376 on: September 16, 2017, 10:46:55 AM »
Nonstick cookware is one thing you should not BIFL. Even the highest price nonstick all-clad pan will eventually lose its non-stick ability unlike the All-Clad d5!