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    Default Never make due when you can buy something new.

    I was going to make this comment on another thread, but I'll let it go there. Because I realized that one never makes due when they can buy something new. Just saying, I came to a UU realization this afternoon.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

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    I buy new all the time, just bought two more short scale guitars to convert to mini basses and a mini bass that's being setup. I love GAS.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I was going to make this comment on another thread, but I'll let it go there. Because I realized that one never makes due when they can buy something new. Just saying, I came to a UU realization this afternoon.
    I was confused about the comment and then wondered whether it was ‘American’ English and whether ‘never make do when you can buy new’ would be the ‘British’ English equivalent. Perhaps I’ve still misunderstood your point, sorry if that’s the case.
    Ref: https://www.grammar.com/make_do_vs._make_due

    There are exceptions but in general I refuse to buy anything that I don’t actually need and do make do with worn and non-optimal items, mostly my use of any item doesn’t require it to be the ‘the best’ or to be in perfect condition (ie. some level of sub-optimal is fine). I’m a firm believer that skill in an item’s use is more important than most other things and that excessive purchasing of stuff is ecologically bad. So long as the results are acceptable and the process (use) isn’t too fatiguing I’m happy to make do regardless of whether that’s a financial choice or not - maybe that’s more a European than American perspective

    Of course continuing to ‘make due’ or ‘make do’ with something that simply can’t deliver the required results in the hands of a suitably skilled person isn’t ideal. There are progressively points at which, if you have the (improved) skills and can afford to do so, it becomes appropriate to buy something that can produce the required (incrementally better) results. Having said that folk mostly buy stuff that’s significantly better than they’ll ever really need - which to me seems illogical. My own values and thoughts have changed over the years so I can’t say that I’ve never significantly ‘over purchased’ anything .
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    Nobody darns socks anymore. And what happened to the man who used to travel around from town to town mending metal cooking pans? Where can you get a broken umbrella fixed?

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    The wonderfully funny Samurai Guitarist comes to mind, with a poem for a guitar he did not need, but bought anyway.
    https://youtu.be/2RLtPTrZkJI
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I was going to make this comment on another thread, but I'll let it go there. Because I realized that one never makes due when they can buy something new. Just saying, I came to a UU realization this afternoon.
    I had to first watch the video posted by Sven-uke then read your comment over about 4 times before I got it.........I think.

    Are you referring to the fact we (the collective we) as a society now just buy stuff instead of using and enjoying what you have. As common products become cheaper ie flat screen TV for $400 vs $4000 a decade ago we quickly buy the latest and greatest and just toss out the one we had. With ukulele we get caught up in the hype and have to have it. Commercialism at its finest

    Indeed, why make do when you can buy something new.
    Last edited by DownUpDave; 11-20-2019 at 02:55 AM.
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    There are some things I wouldnt buy used, shoes, boxer shorts, bedding etc, but thats hygeine reasons.
    I've bought in excess of 300 guitars and ukes in my life, only a small proportion were new.
    I've never bought a new car, or a house (far too expensive), and the next time I am due to purchase another uke or guitar, the laws of probability say it will be a used (hopefully not abused) one.
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    Yes, buying a "new one" is nice. Actually, I look for used or refurbished, depending on what the item is. Most of the used ukes I've bought have been indistinguishable from new, except for the price.
    Last edited by Jerryc41; 11-20-2019 at 03:51 AM.
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    I usually buy new and then make due. For instance I still regularly wear socks and shirts that I had in the 80's.

    Speaking of shirts, what bugs me is that I have to throw away shirts merely because the collar or cuffs are damaged. When shirts had detachable cuffs and collars, you could replace the parts that needed replacing and keep the same shirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    I usually buy new and then make due. For instance I still regularly wear socks and shirts that I had in the 80's.
    I have shoes and boots from the 1970s. : )
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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