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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    Probably when you can't remember where you put them all..........
    You can have fun looking...like an Easter egg hunt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    Probably when you can't remember where you put them all..........
    why isn't there a like button on this forum???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iulia View Post
    why isn't there a like button on this forum???
    Yes, there should be, and we should be allowed to reply with one word. Another forum I visit also has a lower limit of about a dozen characters.

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    Don't want to derail the thread, but it would be nice to just acknowledge the many funny comments without having to quote each one

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    I've never went to such lengths to determine how much money I spend on anything. I've just never thought about it. But now that it has come to my attention, I bought an Ohana Soprano ukulele last fall. But I spent close to six months waiting for it to find me. In that time I went to a ukulele festival in Minnesota with the intention of finding a ukulele there. But I didn't find one and finally ended up buying it on line when I got back. So does that count? Can I add the cost of the gas, the cost to get into the festival, the cost of the hotel room, and all the food and drink in the search for it? Because that is one expensive ukulele if I can. I'm not sure I like this game, now that I think about it.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Right now, I have 33 in the house, three on the way, and two on the horizon. Ridiculous? Yeah, just a bit, but I can't resist.

    I like to say I play my ukes just about every day - when the new one arrives. : )
    I haven't seen that many in a store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I've never went to such lengths to determine how much money I spend on anything. I've just never thought about it.
    I can't say that I never have but I rarely do. At the same time, I'm a realist so I'm also going to take into account the cost of a case, the cost of a set-up (if any) and the cost of a humidifier when I come to a total cost in my mind. (I've only owned 4 ukes, 2 of which I still own.) It works the same way on the selling side. I won't claim to have sold something for $xx without taking into account Ebay and PayPal fees - the cost of selling.


    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    But now that it has come to my attention, I bought an Ohana Soprano ukulele last fall. But I spent close to six months waiting for it to find me. In that time I went to a ukulele festival in Minnesota with the intention of finding a ukulele there. But I didn't find one and finally ended up buying it on line when I got back. So does that count? Can I add the cost of the gas, the cost to get into the festival, the cost of the hotel room, and all the food and drink in the search for it? Because that is one expensive ukulele if I can. I'm not sure I like this game, now that I think about it.
    I think taking that trip into account is taking things too far. Your cost is what you paid to get it online plus any add-ons such as a case, etc.
    Ohana CK-42R concert - solid sinker redwood top, solid rosewood back and sides, maple binding, Ltd. Edition
    Kala KA-FMCG concert- solid spruce top, laminate spalted flame maple back and sides, mahogany binding
    Ohana CK-120G - all-solid acacia, mahogany binding, Limited Edition

    Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a ukulele which is basically the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    If you are a true collector you would record the costs, maybe itemised into components, as part of your collector data base. If you don't keep a data base, you are more likely to be an accumulator than a collector. Also you would keep track of the sales prices using eBay and other sources. The actual amount is not the point of keeping the data for a collector. The point is that you know what is a fair trade or selling price, including postage, when you come to haggling for a swap or a purchase from another collector. You need to swap and buy and sell to be able to maintain and build a good collection, so keeping the price data is an important part of being a collector.
    The real value in any ukulele is how much enjoyment you get from it. But it does pay to stay aware of how much it is worth in dollars for several reasons. You never know when you may be forced to sell it. You also need to know how much other people will pay for it so you can use appropriate care and security arrangements. And it if gets lost or damaged, keeping the sales and monetary data is very useful in making the insurance claims. Loss and theft and forced sale are things that no-one wants, but they do happen. It is not hard to keep the sales data, and you need to include the cost of postage and other items that you can claim on insurance.
    When we buy ukes, they are the best thing on the planet and there can be nothing wrong with them sometimes in our imaginations. Looking at the sales price and resale values can bring a good dose of much needed reality.
    So I think the delivered price of your uke is worth keeping, and it is worth following re-sale values, even if you are just an accumulator.
    If you are lucky enough to be able to drive to MFC to pick up a uke. The money is not a real concern, the round trip is a privileged adventure that most people on the planet cannot access.
    Very good! Especially the last two sentences.
    Last edited by Jerryc41; 03-12-2018 at 12:17 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I've never went to such lengths to determine how much money I spend on anything.
    I use Quicken to keep track of my expenses, so getting totals is just a few clicks away. I can tell you how much I spent on food in 2010. Yes, it can be depressing. All that money wasted on food. Just think of the great ukes I could have bought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I use Quicken to keep track of my expenses, so getting totals is just a few clicks away. I can tell you how much I spent on food in 2010. Yes, it can be depressing. All that money wasted on food. Just think of the great ukes I could have bought.
    My wife uses some program to track spending, but she doesn't include my random purchases, so ukuleles aren't included. Neither are golf or motorcycles.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

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