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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    I just took a look at my spreadsheet, and in the last four months (since becoming a flashaholic) I've spent $13,000!

    That consists of 46 total lights of which 12 are custom (meaning expensive!). So I guess you're not the only "crazy" one around here.
    Here is a list of my lights.

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    I would hope the members here at CPF who have these wonderfully expensive flashlight collections also have riders on their insurance policy to cover their losses in case of fire or theft.

    ~ €hance
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    Shado I think the first line on the Gatlight manual, shown in you photo, just about sums it up for me.

    “Congratulations” on your collection, and “Thank you” for sharing.
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    Just some speculation here. if you ran ALL of the flashlights in this collection at once, it'd be enough to warm a rather large room during winter. The sheer volume of lights would probably blind anybody in the room, even with just the ambient light of an innocent ceiling bounce...with the whole assortment of color temperatures, I'd dare say that the light would be similar to the brightness and whiteness of the sun. O.o

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    Quote Originally Posted by Chauncey Gardiner View Post
    I would hope the members here at CPF who have these wonderfully expensive flashlight collections also have riders on their insurance policy to cover their losses in case of fire or theft.

    ~ €hance
    If that every happened, I'm sure that at least Mcgizmo would be scratching his head while hoping that one of his lights was not the fire starter lol. Although if they were all running at once... >

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaVaGe View Post
    BUT i Spend a Ton on collecting old Honda Z50a mini bikes.
    Now THAT I would love to see! One of my best friends had both a Honda 50 mini and 70 mini when we were growing up...great little street-legal bikes. How many do you have?
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    Lol I don't think I've hit 1000 yet in 3 months

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    Awesome collection...It's definitely a sickness, because there is no other way to explain such a bad investment
    "I am not a Collector" - Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by F250XLT View Post
    Awesome collection...It's definitely a sickness, because there is no other way to explain such a bad investment
    LOL, to true...

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    It seems though - at least for the custom lights - that they are fairly easy to sell and recoup your investment. Especially if they are rare or no longer made.
    Here is a list of my lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlmorgan999 View Post
    It seems though - at least for the custom lights - that they are fairly easy to sell and recoup your investment. Especially if they are rare or no longer made.
    Not these days, hard to get your money back out of anything you buy new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlmorgan999 View Post
    It seems though - at least for the custom lights - that they are fairly easy to sell and recoup your investment. Especially if they are rare or no longer made.
    When I became a true flashaholic 6 months ago I convinced myself the same. After everything else I collected in the past had no real resale value (gadgets, phones etc) it was nice to see a healthy used market on cpf. Having spent countless amounts On flashlights i have now come to the conclusion that some items are hold their value while others will drop in value from new. Some items are clearly over sold and the prices are high because a handful of collectors are willing to stimulate demand. Once the collectors have their collection satisfied it will become more difficult to estimate value as price will very much depend on what the next person is willing to pay for the 'holy grail'. I have noticed recently several high end lights on CPF custom / titanium not moving and been withdrawn eventually. I hope this is just a temporary blip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mohanjude View Post
    I hope this is just a temporary blip.

    The blip you speak of, started quite a while before you arrived I'm afraid.
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    It doesn't really concern me much as I very rarely sell things once I buy them. It is an interesting observation though...
    Here is a list of my lights.

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    Quote Originally Posted by Chauncey Gardiner View Post
    I would hope the members here at CPF who have these wonderfully expensive flashlight collections also have riders on their insurance policy to cover their losses in case of fire or theft.

    ~ €hance
    That's really something to think about...and I would love to see the look on the face of the insurance agent when he is told the policy needs to be "upped" to cover 30K in flashlights!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toohotruk View Post
    ...and I would love to see the look on the face of the insurance agent when he is told the policy needs to be "upped" to cover 30K in flashlights!
    Don't forget to tell the agent to include shipping, (with insurance) PayPal fees, and batteries!

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    That's awesome man.
    Last edited by CPFBiology; 05-31-2012 at 10:30 PM.

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    Impressive no. of 30k (Bow)

    Everyone have their own favorite
    I prefer a full Surefire collection rather than McGizmo's craftsmanship
    (If i could ever spend that money on flashlightS)

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    Your wife must be very understanding of your love of flashlights,you also must be a pretty wealthy collector.None of them things are any of our business though & all the best to you on your search for your grail light.
    Your collection is totally jaw dropping,the fact you amassed it in the space of 6 months is just unbelievable.If i had that amount of disposable income,i think i'd travel to everywhere they were made & clock some air
    miles seeing our world.Anyways this thread is not about me fantasizing it's about a fellow CPF member with a collection to die for & well done to him for that.

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    Dual income / no kids???

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    I think it's a great collection, and it's more money that I earn in one year.
    Will you adopt me? I'll promise to be a good son!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lichtinsdunkel View Post
    I think it's a great collection, and it's more money that I earn in one year.
    Will you adopt me? I'll promise to be a good son!


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    First, awesome collection.

    Now to the important questions.

    First, are you guys interested in adopting a 52 year old, fat man? If so, I'm in.

    Second, is your wife a good cook (this part is important) and since I hate to appear
    sexist, I'd like to say that it really doesn't matter who does the cooking, as long as
    the food is good.

    Third, do you allow pets? I have a few rescue dogs that are the only thing that matter
    to me and I'd like to bring them along please.

    Just like you, I like flashlights a lot and I LOVE knives. I even design knives and if I find
    a custom knife maker that's interested in making some of my designs one day, I'll have
    some of the made.

    Anyway, in 96 I think it was, I went to a knife show in Orlando to talk to one of the custom
    knife makers about one of my designs and while walking around, drooling (and thankfully
    I was pretty much broke at the time), they told me a story about a guy visiting one of the
    shows one year with (I guess) two bodyguards.
    He was walking around and pointing out the knives he wanted, the second guy was putting a sticker
    on them and the third gay was paying for them.

    Hell, if I could afford it, I'd do the same thing.

    As for you having an understanding wife...I have no idea if she works or not but IF she doesn't and
    you're the one making the money, I don't see why that would matter
    That said, MOMMY, I LOVE YOU (again, can she cook?)

    Finally, I have a case that's better than the Pelican cases that would be great for your stuff
    (it's BIG) so PM me if you're interested or to discuss the conditions of my adoption..

    Again, awesome stuff and congrats.
    I would really like to see a pic of the knives please.

    George

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    I bet he don"t have a 501B with a e1320 drop-in




    Just kiddin. Very nice collection

    Keith

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    Man, I wish I have 30,000 to spend...
    but that is a very nice collection you have there !

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    I think you've got some brewing competition:

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...=1#post3968558

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    Awesome collection! Thanks for sharing pictures of your beautiful lights. They made me giggle like a little kid.!

    I've been collecting knives as of late
    Have you collected any custom knives by Jay Fisher? If not you should check him out.

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    I'm not sure I've spent $30,000 total since I started collecting in 2008 or so. Definitely spent several thousand, but not $30k.

    Of course, the fact that I started collecting flashlights at all is an anomaly in my life; normally I hate having more than one tool for each possible task, because I don't like having to choose between them. Not that there's much choosing happening nowadays -- I carry the same 3 lights every day now, and the others rarely get used because I know I'll never be able to replace them if they get lost, stolen, or destroyed.

    Fortunately I skipped pretty much straight to buying titanium flashlights. That cut down on my expenses a lot, because I didn't throw money at a bunch of cheaper lights first. Probably less than $500 total to-date on aluminum lights.
    Last edited by fyrstormer; 07-12-2012 at 11:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shado View Post
    cw_mi,

    Yes, I have batteries for all and then some. I have no set rotation and only carry lights in AOTH as of late. My Hinderer XM's get the front pocket till Holsters are made for them.
    If I could have even just one of them....whew!!!

    Btw, I'm just curious, what charger/s do you have for all those nice lights of yours? Do you have your cells in 'storage mode'?

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    WOW! For many reasons.

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