What's Your Collection's Net Worth?

fredx

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I can see where all this is leading

No where

Was hoping to get some intelligent responses and MAYBE some honest debate but I can see this forum is like 99.9 % of all other forums-- populated by liberals
 

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I can see where all this is leading

No where

Was hoping to get some intelligent responses and MAYBE some honest debate but I can see this forum is like 99.9 % of all other forums-- populated by liberals
So you're on the Young side then. I can tell you for a fact I'm no liberal. But your generation "I'm thinking " is a little different than most. No offense.
 

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Well since everyone wants to keep everything a secret around here

Lets just say I have been collecting social security for a while now

Probably a good chance I worked longer @ one job than most on here have been alive
 

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Well since everyone wants to keep everything a secret around here

Lets just say I have been collecting social security for a while now

Probably a good chance I worked longer @ one job than most on here have been alive
Never would have guessed that but well done. As I say no offense meant but I'm fairly sure if you were to take a survey most middle aged to older man and women would not feel comfortable discussing their income. What's your occupation btw?
 

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I still have not hear any intelligent responses / reasons why people are scared to discuss their income.
What can someone do with that info that would hurt them?

Are they afraid someone is gonna come and kidnap a relative and hold them hostage for $?
WTF
 

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Never would have guessed that but well done. As I say no offense meant but I'm fairly sure if you were to take a survey most middle aged to older man and women would not feel comfortable discussing their income. What's your occupation btw?
You dont seem to be cut from the same cloth as most posters on these forums
Thats a compliment
 

fredx

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Never would have guessed that but well done. As I say no offense meant but I'm fairly sure if you were to take a survey most middle aged to older man and women would not feel comfortable discussing their income. What's your occupation btw?
Blue collar worker ( guess that makes me a lower tiered person in most eyes)
Worked in the powerplant industry for 35 yrs-
 

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I still have not hear any intelligent responses / reasons why people are scared to discuss their income.
What can someone do with that info that would hurt them?

Are they afraid someone is gonna come and kidnap a relative and hold them hostage for $?
WTF
Honestly it's just a pretty private question Especially if you are discussing it with fellow worker. I know that doesn't apply here. I see it alot in the 50-60 year range of people. My twins came home one day in 12th grade and started telling me how much their teachers made. I was shocked when they told them. Then they told me who the teachers were. All were min 20's to early 30's. Told them next day to ask the older teacher. They got to the third one and stopped because they were getting scared of the responses. Lmao. Older generation doesn't like questions like that.
 

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Where I worked every one knew what everyone else made-- except for second level & up management, but we all had a good Idea on them- most , not all management people never wanted to discuss it- I'm pretty much sure @ a work place its a fear factor / threat deal
Just another of many reasons I had / have very little respect for management folks as people.
 

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How about yours?

I'm single. I'll park at a weigh station next time I'm on a date.

I can see where all this is leading

No where

Was hoping to get some intelligent responses and MAYBE some honest debate but I can see this forum is like 99.9 % of all other forums-- populated by liberals

You don't need to post with a chip on your shoulder. What's the point of insulting people when they decline to respond to questions that are often considered awkward or inappropriate? I've never had a relative stranger in real life ask my income and most people I know would consider it weird if I volunteered. I don't work in a company with a pay structure so that's a totally different environment around coworkers. Are liberals supposed to be cagey about their income and conservatives tell anyone who'll listen? Maybe I've been doing things wrong.
 

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I'm single. I'll park at a weigh station next time I'm on a date.



You don't need to post with a chip on your shoulder. What's the point of insulting people when they decline to respond to questions that are often considered awkward or inappropriate? I've never had a relative stranger in real life ask my income and most people I know would consider it weird if I volunteered. I don't work in a company with a pay structure so that's a totally different environment around coworkers. Are liberals supposed to be cagey about their income and conservatives tell anyone who'll listen? Maybe I've been doing things wrong.
Sounds to me your the one with the chip
I would NEVER brag/ volunteer how much $ I make or lots of other things- but I would tell them if they asked, with the caviot if they devulged theirs first-- since they obviously have no problem asking me-- & if they didnt, then I wouldnt telll them for only that reason.
You missed the point on the liberalism
 

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Sounds to me your the one with the chip
I would NEVER brag/ volunteer how much $ I make or lots of other things- but I would tell them if they asked, with the caviot if they devulged theirs first-- since they obviously have no problem asking me-- & if they didnt, then I wouldnt telll them for only that reason.
You missed the point on the liberalism
So, @fredx you are a troll.
YOU first asked how much do you make.
But when asked, you failed to respond.
 

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To me the question "how much do you make?" is like "what's your religion?" or "what's your political affiliation? The answer could steer someone's viewpoint.

If I say "last year I made $3.5 million" some may get one impression and if I said "last year I made $35,000" they may get a different impression. So my thought (based on the way I was raised) is that when speaking with strangers, avoid certain topics. If they insist my reaction is default to "nunyabiznessboyo".

If I were to sell my collection one at a time I'd get a lot more than selling as a bulk. Some have increased in "value", others have decreased. So it would not be prudent to put a value on it. Some are one off's so there is no value, really.
 
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Fuzzywuzzies

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It would seem to be a question of timing and relationship, as much as anything else: When the question of the value of my pocketbook - or flashlight collection - is put to me by someone I have just met or have little relationship with, I respond along the same lines as @bykfixer. Nunyabiznessboyo. However, when a long-time close friend puts such a question to me in the flow of a natural conversation, I may share such information.

That said, I agree with both @bykfixer and @Poppy that it is not a question to court if you plan to get on with people in this world. Usually it's perceived as a means of 'assessing' or prejudging a person, which can sour a relationship before it has even begun. I habitually choose to build relationship before casting big questions. Unfortunately though, some folks just don't pay much mind to getting along nicely with others.

My collection is now spread far and wide among family, friends, and strangers even, permanently. So while I suppose I could dredge my memories and records, and count up and value what I have spent, I'm glad to say I only have a few $k worth of lights and parts in possession. As much as I like lights, I'd biff it all out the window in the street tomorrow though, if it would get me an inch closer to a better goal: having a solid relationship with my wife and family as they grow up / old. That's priceless.
 

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