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 Post subject: Re: Too weak to stop buying radios
PostPosted: Dec Tue 03, 2019 2:06 am 
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It is certainly easier to buy them than to fix them or sell them.

I sold four on Saturday and another today. It is nice to see them go to people who have none, or few. The one sold today, an RCA 115, will be a Christmas gift from a couple to their son. Try to start selling and it is likely that you will see that it is fun. All of the buyers enjoyed seeing my collection.

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 Post subject: Re: Too weak to stop buying radios
PostPosted: Dec Tue 03, 2019 2:07 am 
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Just don't go to ebay!


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 Post subject: Re: Too weak to stop buying radios
PostPosted: Dec Tue 03, 2019 4:09 am 
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I like window shopping, saving pictures of the ones I like. For example that blue and white Stewart Warner clock radio, you bought that? I kept a picture of it. :lol:
Westinghouse H-147, got that one too. But I missed that Simplex. Nice score.

I wish sellers would learn photography but no fear, a better picture of that same model will show up eventually.

Anyway, I have thousands of pictures to admire. Costs nothing. Takes no space. Then there are the ones I bought, and the ones people bring to me, but that's another story. I only buy radios that I can pick up locally.

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 Post subject: Re: Too weak to stop buying radios
PostPosted: Dec Tue 03, 2019 6:07 am 
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I've pretty much stopped buying, because I've simply run out of room to display them. That, and I generally have most of the sets I've wanted.

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 Post subject: Re: Too weak to stop buying radios
PostPosted: Dec Tue 03, 2019 6:48 am 
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I agree with all of you.
I used to restore cars but I cant even get on my knees to pick something up. Let alone to work under it.

Too funny Russ..
Scott, I would love to stop selling at Kutztown. It's a burden.

"Just don't go to eBay!" That would be a feat...

I haven't bought anything since midnight!

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 Post subject: Re: Too weak to stop buying radios
PostPosted: Dec Tue 03, 2019 3:23 pm 
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You're doing fine Kirk. You're only spending money already in your Paypal account and you seem to do well selling on eBay. You can't just quit buying all together cold turkey, you just need to gradually slow down if you're so inclined. Don't pass up a great deal, but just try to gradually limit what you buy to mostly items you really want. You're a fixer, it's in your genes so don't fight it....you buy things and fix them, that's an admiral trait to be proud of, so embrace it.

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 Post subject: Re: Too weak to stop buying radios
PostPosted: Dec Tue 03, 2019 4:11 pm 
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OldRestorer wrote:
How do you all deal with it? I cant be alone in this right????? Please tell me that i'm not obsessed! :roll:

Ugh....

Kirk


I think I somewhat understand.

At one point if it was a radio, test equipment or audio device that looked interesting to me I'd buy it.

I then realized I can only listen to one radio at a time so I stopped buying those except in cases where the radio is rare, unique, has a feature or band none of mine has or would most likely be the victim of a re-purposer like the Philco 118 I bought for $25 which I certainly did not need.

Audio devices I only buy what I need or if it is at a steal of a price like the McIntosh C24 preamp I got for $10.

Test equipment is a little harder as it's stuff that I can actually use and things like oscilloscopes some times it pays to have more than one channel available and sometimes more than two is beneficial.

Ultimately you need to set well defined goals.

First figure out what compels you to buy like you do.

Then set some guidelines as to what you buy.

Some guidelines I've adopted are these.
1. Do I have one that already does what I'm considering buying.
2. Do I have only one in every room where one is desired.
3. Is what I'm considering buying better than what I already have.
4. Is what I'm considering buying rare or otherwise distinctly unique or one I need for a collection of a certain manufacturer or style.

Following those guidelines and limited money keeps me from buying most things.

I sort of knew I had a problem when I paid $900 almost 10 years ago for three Goodmans midax midrange horns two Goodmans trebax tweeter horns two three way and two 2 way crossovers simply because I wanted them. They still sit unused.


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 Post subject: Re: Too weak to stop buying radios
PostPosted: Dec Tue 03, 2019 4:52 pm 
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My self imposed limit has been only buy what I can display. If I'm about to be piling things I have too much and have to sell before I buy more. The rare and recent exception I made to this was buying a bunch of boatanchor radios at estate sales earlier this year with the intent to re-sell after repairs. Then use that profit to pay for stuff I really want in my collection. This system has worked for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Too weak to stop buying radios
PostPosted: Dec Tue 03, 2019 6:10 pm 
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Eliot Ness wrote:
You're doing fine Kirk. You're only spending money already in your Paypal account and you seem to do well selling on eBay. You can't just quit buying all together cold turkey, you just need to gradually slow down if you're so inclined. Don't pass up a great deal, but just try to gradually limit what you buy to mostly items you really want. You're a fixer, it's in your genes so don't fight it....you buy things and fix them, that's an admiral trait to be proud of, so embrace it.


Perfect advice...
I am trying John. I need to get busier. The 24 hour care taking is over and I have a lot of extra time. I just need to spend more time on the radios and not on my computer.

Thanks John.

Unused?? so sell them. (like I should talk) haha...
You plan is good but I dont think I could stick to it. We shall see I guess.

Kirk

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 Post subject: Re: Too weak to stop buying radios
PostPosted: Dec Wed 04, 2019 2:34 pm 
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To answer the original question of how I handle getting too many radios
the answer is poorly.

Long ago decided to buy only locally but that hasn't slowed purchases
down much. Getting great radios of all types for good prices so no
harm done and still enjoy the hobby.
Steve

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