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What Was Your Best/worst Buy Of 2009  
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3169 posts, RR: 12
Posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6003 times:

What was the best thing you brought in 2009? Maybe it was something you got for a very good price; or something you purchased that you haven't stopped using since you brought it.

Sometimes you buy something that was a complete dud.  Sad

Best. Apple Iphone; can't live without it.  veryhappy 

Worst. Some clothes; trousers that faded after 1 month; and a $10 clothes iron; do not buy one that cheap completely useless.

Maybe you brought some flights or paid for something that wasn't an item which left you with some good memories of 2009.


Why fly non stop when you can connect
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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5972 times:

My $1600 self-built nuclear bomb of a computer, and Windows 7 Pro for $30 Big grin

Worse, eh, can't think of any, but the most painful was my most expensive ($300), most gorgeous, best flying, and largest R/C airplane that only lasted 3 flights due to catastrophic structural failure  cry 


User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5962 times:

Best- "The Hangover" on DVD, a headset for my PC to use voice on VATSIM, a blazer that fits me perfectly for $2 at Salvation Army.

Worst- a shirt I bought for my dad at Forever 21 that cost $25 and turned out didn't fit him. And some noice-cancelling headphones that stopped working after 2 months. Luckily those were only $20- no huge loss.



Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5952 times:

Best:



Worst, either an Archer Farms Cob Salad from Target, or a Mr. and Mrs. T's bloody mary mix. One of the two gave me food poisoning. Diarrhea and Vomit like crazy + hospital visit.


UAL

[Edited 2009-12-31 20:48:11]

User currently offline76794p From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5946 times:

Best: HP HDX 18 or ipod touch

Worst: WIsdom teeth removal



There's always money IN the banana stand.
User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 39
Reply 5, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5931 times:

Worst: Lacie Ethernet Disk Mini 500GB. Stay well clear of those things.

Best: Netgear ReadyNAS Duo - superb product.


User currently offlineJagflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3460 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5909 times:

Best: iPod Touch 30GB

Worst: Small 2GB Mp3 player that looks like a clip-on iPod shuffle. I figured I'd leave it in the car so I don't have to worry about taking my iPod in/out. I kept leaving the thing on and forgetting to put the song(s) I wanted on it since it was always in the car. Used it for 3 days and shelved it.



Support the beer and soda can industry, recycle old airplanes!
User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5552 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5880 times:

Best: $A1300 dollar ticket SYD-BKK-DXB-VCE & return on EK in Spring Break!!!!!

Worst: 10 abreast EK B777s! Horrible! (Their A332, on the other hand were great!).

Gemuser



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User currently offlineRsg85 From Australia, joined Aug 2006, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5866 times:

worst would have to be the drinks i bought last night (new years eve) all they did was give me a massive hangover today

User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5852 times:

Best Buy; My Trip to Singapore and Thailand including the Qantas A380, Business Class on Cathay's 777-300ER and First Class on the Thai 747-400; not to mention the numerous beaches, the tan I picked up, swimming with the fish. Bliss.

Worst Buy; Probably a kebab that gave me really bad food poising the first weekend in December  Sad

JG  Yeah sure



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5808 times:
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Best: A brand-new Nikon 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF lens. $900 new, but $360 for me thanks to Circuit City's liquidation sale.

Worst: Every single penny I've ever spent on AT&T wireless "service". This month will be the last month I'm with them. Coverage at home has inexplicably disappeared. I drove 80 miles on I-94 in Michigan with "No Service". And then I drove from the south side of Chicago....through Chicago....and up through (and past) Milwaukee with "No Service" the entire time.

AT&T's network has proven to be completely nonfunctional, even after switching to a new phone and SIM card. I can't wait to leave.



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User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4264 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5786 times:

Best: bar exam registration and bar exam prep course. Wouldn't have passed the bar without 'em!

Worst: Everything purchased for the person I had a relationship with at the beginning of the year.

Texan



"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12163 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5772 times:
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Quoting 2H4 (Reply 10):
Best: A brand-new Nikon 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF lens. $900 new, but $360 for me thanks to Circuit City's liquidation sale.

Worst: Every single penny I've ever spent on AT&T wireless "service". This month will be the last month I'm with them. Coverage at home has inexplicably disappeared. I drove 80 miles on I-94 in Michigan with "No Service". And then I drove from the south side of Chicago....through Chicago....and up through (and past) Milwaukee with "No Service" the entire time.

AT&T's network has proven to be completely nonfunctional, even after switching to a new phone and SIM card. I can't wait to leave.

Strange...I've never had problems with mine until I moved to North Dakota.....AT&T and ND are not friends...haha



911, where is your emergency?
User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5764 times:

Best buy- Ted Baker shirt in the sales reduced from £100 to £32!

Worst buy- toss up between dinner at Jamie Oliver's restaurant (took ages to get served then my food was cold) or my mobile, £50 on a mobile phone that is way worse than my old one.


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7637 posts, RR: 37
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5723 times:

Best Buy - 40g aquarium with a glass hood and light strip ... regular price $160, Boxing Day price $135 ... my price due to PetSmart mixing the up the sale price with the savings ... $25  Big grin

Worst Buy - $337 in text messaging over the summer with various members of the opposite sex met online in a desperate attempt to start dating again ... what was I thinking?  Silly



A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3280 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5675 times:

2008 Malibu LS


Best buy of the year (see above) - got a great price by buying the car from a extremely "financially distressed" seller.....

Worst buy of the year - the outrageous Southern California Edison electric bills over the summer thanks to running the air conditioner in my home.....

Happy 2010 to all of you!

[Edited 2010-01-01 15:27:10 by stasisLAX]


"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety!" B.Franklin
User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 3808 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5658 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 1):
that only lasted 3 flights due to catastrophic structural failure  

The structure failed to withstand you catastrophically flying it into the ground, was it? Big grin  duck 

Best buy: a pair of North Face hiking boots that cost me $60 at a store in downtown Boston that weirdly enough was not a sporting goods store (those were, in fact, the only hiking boots they had). Saved my ass in really wet and muddy circumstances in New Hampshire, Alaska and Maine over the summer, I can stand ankle-deep in mud in those things and my socks will remain clean (and dry) as a whistle.

Worst buy: a 3-night layover in Tahiti on my way back from New Zealand in January (ok, it was purchased in 2008 but "enjoyed" in 2009). Never thought a tropical "paradise" could suck so much - rude people, dirty surroundings, sketchy environment, overpriced hotel crap.



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User currently offlineJoffie From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 802 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5645 times:

My best buy of 2009 was the purchase of my new car - 2003 Renault. Got it for a steal. Replaces my old 1990 Pulsar.

I dont know if I had a worst buy, apart from dinner at Foodstar, cause I couldn't afford anything else as a student.  Smile


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13255 posts, RR: 62
Reply 18, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5623 times:
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Best - a pair of Oliver Peoples Aero sunglasses that I got on sale for $225.00 (normally $450).

Worst - the services of a plumbing company that charged $100.00 to find a pipe leak they subsequently provided me with an estimate of over $1500.00 to fix. Flew in my brother-in-law (who happens to be a licensed plumber) from DEN to fix it, and the repair not only was far less invasive than the previous plumber recommended, it also wouldn't have cost anything over $500.00, let alone $1500.00



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 19, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5615 times:

Best - Tie between several dirt cheap mileage runs to Europe that got me to 1K on United and the laptop I finally bought after a year or so of not having one. Acer Aspire Timeline with 8-9 hour battery life and ultra-sleek profile, while actually being a real computer and not a netbook. I even negotiated a $50 discount at Fry's, bringing the total to $599.

Worst - Not sure. Probably various instances where I wasted a little bit of money and it added up to a ton.



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 20, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5602 times:

My best buy of 2009:


^^Specimen of the boarding passes I hope to get when I embark on my trip to Germany this February.

Since the e-ticket was bought in December, it counts as a buy of 2009 even though the trip is in February. I just hope my e-ticket will be in the system, as I'm constantly nervous about using an e-ticket (or basically just the confirmation code of my ticket in the itinerary I got). It's my first time flying alone AND on an e-ticket, 12 years ago paper tickets were still the norm and e-tickets were basically unknown to most of the public. Maybe in time I'll get used to it.

My worst buy of 2009:

Probably a sandwich I ate at Quiznos a few months ago. They're usually good, but that time, the roast beef simply made me gag.


User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5595 times:



Quoting Pyrex (Reply 16):

The structure failed to withstand you catastrophically flying it into the ground, was it?

Can't do much other than say "oooooh F@#k" when a wing decides to randomly explode mid-air.  Sad

Besides, last time I trashed a plane was over 6 years ago, not bad considering at my R/C club there's at least 1 airplane death every weekend Big grin

RIP:



User currently offlineBookishaviator From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5539 times:

Best: Apple iPhone (resisted it for the longest time, didn't want to be a sheep, but adore the thing now), Panasonic Lumix TZ7 camera, trip to Alaska (oh Alaska, how I miss you).

Worst: not sure, although I did buy various CDs throughout the year that I've listened to once and then promptly forgotten.



When I die, when I die, I'll rot. But when I live, when I live, I'll give it all I've got.
User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8045 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5487 times:

Best buys?

The wife & I taking the grandkids to Branson/SIlver Dollar City for a few days. Twice!

A new iPhone 3GS and a new 13" MacBook Pro. (The wife got the MBA)

Medicare Supplement policies for the wife & I.

Worst?

After spending money on the above I didn't have much money for bad buys.  Sad


User currently offlineFuturePilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5477 times:

Best: My 80gb ipod
Worst: I paid $40 for a leather belt which I regret immediately after purchase, but the sales chick was so hot that I didn't want to disappoint her by bringing it back Big grin.



"The brave don't live forever, but the cautious don't live at all."
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26 Swissy : Well first... Happy New Year to all of you Best buy.... it would be my MB GLK 4 Matic , got a very good deal on it and still do not regret it, even af
27 Post contains links and images OA260 : BEST : Turkish Airlines F class Suites. New 1st Class Suites/Turkish Airlines B777-ER (by OA260 Jan 9 2009 in Trip Reports) WORST : Lexmark Scanner/Pr
28 PSA53 : Best: Switching cell phone services from Verizon to Page Plus Unlimited for 39.95 per month.Page Plus is not a 3G network yet,but text and calling is
29 Post contains images Jetmatt777 : Best: Canon EF 70-200 f/4L USM Worst: FSX:Deluxe + Acceleration Pack I think I installed it, and I ran it maybe once or twice in the past 9 months. Me
30 Post contains links and images Superfly : Best buy; My car and paint job. Took 20 years to find this. I've had sveral 1977 Lincoln Town Cars in the past but I've always wanted one in black wit
31 Bartonsayswhat : Best: Splurged on skates for reffing hockey this year. Dropped $450 on a pair of RBK's, which was night and day to the $140 CCM's I had previously (wa
32 Post contains images Luftfahrer : A DSLR camera, I had wanted one for quite some time, and I'm very happy with it No worst buys really as I didn't spend much money on anything other t
33 ACDC8 : Odd, I quite like Stella, I find it has a very nice kick to it, defeiently more than other beers. No premiums for imported beers up here (unless you'
34 Steeler83 : My best buy this year: Wedding expenses including our honeymoon for the week after our wedding, which is later this year: two AA tickets from PHL to A
35 Superfly : Yuck, Hefeweizen?!?!?! I can't stand Hefeweizen's even more than Stella Artois but I haven't bought a Hefeweizen in a few years. I like imperial stou
36 2H4 : Beautiful machine, sir! What's the wide-fixed glass option? Congratulations!
37 Post contains images LTU932 : I've tried it, at least Paulaner. To me, it had a borderline fruity taste. That being said, if you want REAL beer, you should try an Astra the next t
38 Superfly : Thanks. It's a one-way mirror glass top in shape of the roofline. On the outside, you only see your reflection but on the inside, you can see out. It
39 2H4 : Wow, that's great. I had no idea such an option even existed. That car must be a blast.
40 Steeler83 : Thanks! We've both been in wedding mode for a while now; can't wait for the big day! Superfly, super ride!
41 Superfly : I'd like to try the lady in the ad! Yes it's very rare. It was only available between 1977-1979 and less than 2000 were made in those 3 model years.
42 StasisLAX : Very cool, 'Fly! My dream is a '74 Cadillac Fleetwood Talisman sedan. One day....
43 Post contains images Airstud : Best buy: PlanToys rescue center I got for my 3-year old nephew for the Holidays: And these PlanToys people make all sorts of related buildings and ce
44 Post contains images Zippyjet : Some of my best buys of this past year in no particular order: 1. Takes the stinky out of the stinky box (litter pan) 2. Paid for itself many times ov
45 ExFATboy : Best: plane tickets to Barcelona! Had a fantastic time, drove up to Pamplona and ran with the bulls, partied several nights in BCN, went home with a f
46 LTU932 : There were about 27 bottles of beer in that case (because that's a standard Astra-Kasten, which by default contains 27 bottles).
47 Superfly : I've had it in a bottle and on tap. Taste like crap!
48 ACDC8 : On a hot summer day, there isn't anything more refreshing I'm a dark beer person myself, I love ales, stouts and porters. There's a couple of brewpub
49 Superfly : I actually would rather have a Budweiser on a hot summer day instead of Stella Artois. As a beer aficionado that has been to 25 countries around the
50 Asuflyer05 : iPhone 3GS and my cruise. Trip report coming soon.
51 EA CO AS : My favorite German beer these days is Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. Outstanding stuff!
52 LipeGIG : Best: 8 R/T Business class tickets JFK-GIG on AA and JJ for US$ 1,100 each Worst: Not having bought more !!!!!!
53 ShyFlyer : Best Buy: 31' Keystone Laredo 5th Wheel RV. It was the last of the 2009 models on the dealer's lot and they were more than willing to make me a deal I
54 Asuflyer05 : The local microbrewery serves up a tasty hefe. Lots of banana flavor to it.
55 Steeler83 : Pretty much anything from there would be a "worst" buy. The coffee I bought this year was all from Dunken Donuts. They make far better coffee and at
56 Post contains images Springbok747 : Best buy: ML350 CDI with AMG package. Took advantage of the end-of-year discounts plus additional tax breaks etc..it will only arrive in April though
57 Cadet985 : Best Buy: I can't think of anything right now I'll write when I think of something. Worst buy: eHarmony membership, and the two dates I've gotten on i
58 Zippyjet : Best of luck to you. About 20 years ago, I filled out one of those free questionnaires regarding being single. And, at that time I was that sucker P.
59 PlymSpotter : Best: Canon A3 printer. May sound odd, but it's saved me so much time and money being able to print coursework right when I want to, and not have to g
60 Steeler83 : Man, thank goodness my other half just happened to fall right into my lap, or that I fell right into hers, er something. I often have wondered about
61 Zippyjet : Thats how it seems in a lot of cases: Some time, somewhere when you least expect it... made famous by Alan Funt of Candid Camera.
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