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    What would foo do?

    My latest silly scenario:

    I needed a new wallet. Last few I bought cost about $20 and fell apart in a month or two, not thrilled with that. I'm constantly pulling my wallet out rushing to make trains and so forth, not liking the idea of my stuff slipping out and getting lost, etc.

    I have a store credit card for a swanky mens store. They are overpriced (some items - like their wallets - are far worse than others). They give reward cards for their store when you use the card and because we just went on a vaca and i used the card to buy holiday gifts I got a few decent ones, total about $120.

    They had some decent dressy wallets for $150* but also- the mother of all wallets, made of cordovan leather which should last a decade or more, for a whopping $388. I'd always wanted one of these, and I know which company makes the leather - it's the best (Horween).

    I normally wouldn't spend anything like this on a wallet (the most I've ever spent was about $40) but I figured I had the gift cards and a $25 off sale card so why not?

    I applied the sale and the gift cards and the total was $265.

    Before i bought it I checked a local shoe store which sells some cordovan accessories to see if they carried one just like it (I could have sworn I saw it there years ago). Their web site and others that sell that brand indicated they had other cordovan accessories, but not the wallet, hence my decision to go ahead and splurge at the swanky store.

    Of course, after buying the pricey one my curiosity got the better of me and I visited the shoe store - sure enough they have it, and it's $250! Same exact thing, minus the swanky store's logo. With tax I'd pay about $270.

    I don't mind spending the $265/270 on the wallet but I feel like I saved $5 at the swanky store - and threw away $120 of free stuff.

    I double checked with the swanky store - I could return the wallet and use the $120 for exchange store credit (I'd lose the $25 sale but I just got another $20 gift card, which is what got me thinking and visiting the shoe store - so I'd have $140 and a refund of the $265 to my credit card). That means I could get some free shirts and socks and stuff I could use but don't really need right now, and go get the nice wallet for $270 at the shoe store.

    *While an obvious solution would be to just use the $140 in gift cards towards the swanky place's so-so wallets I'd rather just buy clothes from them and get another $30 wallet someplace else, because that's all they're worth, minus the swanky logo. I don't wanna pay $150 for a wallet that will last two years or so. The cordovan model may be overpriced but the leather is good enough where it could last many years - you could have a cobbler re-stitch it a few times.

    Or, I could just say F-it and rationalize by saying yes, the swanky place is way overpriced, but I got what I really wanted/needed - a nice wallet - and saved $5 to boot. I confess, I have a problem letting go of free stuff.

    Thank goodness for foo....Thoughts?
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    Tumi would be my go to brand if buying a quality leather wallet.

    http://www.tumi.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=4110935

    I know that they used to offer a limetime guarantee on their leather wallets. I carried one for over 15 years but my lifestyle changed and I needed a smaller wallet to fit in a suit coat pocket or dress pants and the Tumi I was carrying was a check book wallet.

    After reading your post fully, I would probably opt to return the wallet, buy the less expensive wallet and use the extra money to buy the other things you need. You lose a bit of money at face value, but you end up with the same wallet and some socks and shirts.

    You could also pay me a $24 consulting fee, made payable to Jetski Consulting Worldwide Consortium, Ltd.
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    IMO that is REALLY expensive for a wallet. Does it hold your money better than the $40 one? You say this one would last you a decade, are you SURE? Is that a guarantee by the company? How many $40 wallets will you buy in the time this swanky one will last? Are you sure you'd want the same wallet, one that absorbs your butt sweat, for 10 years??

    But then again it's something you've always wanted and if you aren't sacrificing anything else, then you should get it.

    Disclosure: My word means absolutely nothing because it comes from someone who will spare no hesitation on buying the best for my car. A car that will have me arrive at my destination as good as my hoopty S10 does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    Thank goodness for foo....Thoughts?
    They make wallets that cost $388? Whoa.

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    http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/...1/?cpg=froogle

    Duct Tape wallet. $15.
    Will last probably for ever. So you get your Cordovan leather one for work and the duct tape one for play.

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    Moar lenses


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    If I did the math right you could have bought the $40 dollar wallet, had about $90 worth of gift cards and bought $225 worth of bling for the bikes, but you bought a fancy wallet instead, that's almost enough for some people to request you be asked to leave this forum until you buy $225 worth of bike bling for pcad's or chipcom's or jsharr's or someone else's bike as pennance.

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    wow - six replies already!

    I am no closer to making a final decision, but I have food for thought, and have had some therapeutic laughter to boot. I love foo.

    Duct tape wallet
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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    They make wallets that cost $388? Whoa.
    no, they make wallets that cost $250. The swanky place just sells them for $388.

    My coworker made a good point - she said the $388 wallet will last the longest, because after paying for it, it should remain empty for a long long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Tumi would be my go to brand if buying a quality leather wallet.

    http://www.tumi.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=4110935

    I know that they used to offer a limetime guarantee on their leather wallets. I carried one for over 15 years but my lifestyle changed and I needed a smaller wallet to fit in a suit coat pocket or dress pants and the Tumi I was carrying was a check book wallet.

    After reading your post fully, I would probably opt to return the wallet, buy the less expensive wallet and use the extra money to buy the other things you need. You lose a bit of money at face value, but you end up with the same wallet and some socks and shirts.

    You could also pay me a $24 consulting fee, made payable to Jetski Consulting Worldwide Consortium, Ltd.
    You read that really long post fully? I thank you.

    I really don't need any more shirts etc (years of rewards cards from them has filled my closet). I did always want this wallet.

    I don't have $24, but I do have a watch I can send you. No jewels, but it has 24 colorful beads inside. And a picture of Manhattan on the dial.
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    I had one of these for over 10 years, and it cost me about $15 when I bought it. No consulting fee here either, Chicago's too cold for jetskis in the winter.

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    those look nice.

    Wallets are very hit or miss. I've gotten 4-5 years out of $5 cheapos bought at a fur trapper's shack up in the mountains of VT or on the sidewalk in NY. And I've spent $30 in nice boutiques and had them fall apart in a matter of weeks. I should add I really am hard on a wallet, using a subway several times/day, showing ID at buildings, etc. I've had nice ones from Levenger and Bass for only $40.

    The TOUGHEST wallet I ever had was a biker wallet - the kind with two big metal snaps and a belt chain, and mine had "trucker girls" artwork (I know, classy). It was $5 in SF and lasted me about 10 years. It was still fine when i got rid of it; I finally gave it away because I was getting funny looks wearing that with a suit at work at the time.
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    Dude. I want to know how old you REALLY are. You said that SF wallet lasted you 10 years, the others lasted 5, some lasted a few months.

    Any math wizards out there? I challenge you to figure PGoats age by his wallets. I CHALLENGE YOU!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    no, they make wallets that cost $250. The swanky place just sells them for $388.
    My coworker made a good point - she said the $388 wallet will last the longest, because after paying for it, it should remain empty for a long long time.
    +1. Get an 80's nylon-velcro jobbie. A less distinctive wallet becomes its own anti-theft deterrent.



    Or perhaps this nice one like Jules' from Pulp. (Clicky. NSFW.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    Dude. I want to know how old you REALLY are. You said that SF wallet lasted you 10 years, the others lasted 5, some lasted a few months.

    Any math wizards out there? I challenge you to figure PGoats age by his wallets. I CHALLENGE YOU!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    Remember how old dirt is, then subtract 7
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    actually I got my first wallet in 1980, if that helps.
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    I am sorry that I totally forgot this. Here is the wallet you need. It will let those around you know that you are a man of substance and means and not to be t*****d with.

    ALSO, NSFW. CLICKETY CLICK ON THE LINK AT YOUR OWN RISK. THOSE WITH HEART PROBLEMS, PREGNANCY OR INTESTINAL WORMS SHOULD NOT CLICK THE LINK. I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY AND MY OPINIONS ARE NOT MY OWN AND MAY CAUSE RECTAL BLEEDING, BLURRED VISION AND DEJA VU.

    ALSO, CALAMARICHRIS IS MUCH FASTER THAN ME, DUE TO HIS INCREDIBLE HANDSOMENESS, ELEVATED IQ AND SUPERIOR INTELLECT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    +1. Get an 80's nylon-velcro jobbie. A less distinctive wallet becomes its own anti-theft deterrent.



    Or perhaps this nice one like Jules' from Pulp. (Clicky. NSFW.)
    LOL

    I actually found one of these once (with a 20 in it, no ID) and used it for about a week until I decided it was too grotty for me. This was while sweeping up at a skating rink in the early 80s, one of my PT jobs while in college.

    Some one else once regifted me a tan nylon Velcro wallet with Pleather accents in the late 80s. It was a work grab bag Xmas thing. I think I either re-regifted or threw it out.
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    Haha - I remember the BMF wallet well. My trucker girl was one or two notches below it, but that was the vibe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    fify

    actually I got my first wallet in 1980, if that helps.
    oh gawd, I'm older than a goat?

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    I wish said swanky store sold these....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    ALSO, CALAMARICHRIS IS MUCH FASTER THAN ME, DUE TO HIS INCREDIBLE HANDSOMENESS, ELEVATED IQ AND SUPERIOR INTELLECT.
    I'd appreciate your not casting aspersions on my ability to last. The handsomeness, IQ etc are fair game for your sarcasm, but that first one was below the belt.

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    I have the same freebie nylon/velcro classless wallet I got with a magazine subscription when I was in high school. (Class of '91, so it's at least 20 years old.) I have no intention of getting a replacement until this one no longer functions.
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    I just buy the $9.99 wallets at a local chain department store...my current wallet has lasted me eight years now...

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    Cripes. My last wallet had been falling apart for years. I just bought a new wallet and felt like I splurged. Total spent: $3.79.

    Not to be a spoil sport but I just don't understand the point of leather wallets. It's kinda like elephant foot wastebaskets. Isn't there something more useful to do with a dead animal that sticking money in it's skin?

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