Originally Posted by darthray
Also remember been patient, is your best allied in this Hobby
So is a lot research, for this kind of money.
I usually like the research more than the outcome most times in projects, but right now I have thousands of dollars "outstanding" with several projects going on outside the house. It's forcing me to be more impatient than usual (rather than patient!). As a consumer, we want our dollars to turn into a product immediately, given a choice!
I'm waiting months for stone/brick products, months for electricians, months for plumbers, months for gas line people, etc. Seems there are not enough employees for such booming businesses! I know in my own LLC struggles, it's because I don't trust someone else to execute at the high level of detail I do. For example, my mechanic hast lost most his hair and he works 14 hours a day. He employs just himself for at least 20 years. He can take weeks to do maintenance on my car that takes another body shop a couple days. But I know he always gets it right and is very careful with it, so that is an example of why we're OK with I.D. subwoofers - we see the care the company puts into their product. It's just the impatience of why they can't speed the process up (but I get it).
Doing a small water feature in the front yard, the HOA denied it. They now are making me wait 2 months before they can meet in person to discuss it
(that 2 months is into winter, wonder if that landscaper will still do the job with 7" of snow on the ground? doubt it - lol). I say it jokingly, but again as a consumer, I want my dollar turned into product immediately. There is no time like right now, in life.
When I was younger, I was more patient. I think it's opposite for most people, as they age they get more patient. For me, as I see my parents get older, I take every day less for granted than the day before.
Some of these smaller ID subwoofer companies scare me a little bit, my Conquest started tripping the AMP (and stopped turning on, even after fuse replacement) after Epik went out of business and that "investment" was kind of gone lol. I saw we could replace the amp, but felt like my Conquest was basically worth nothing after that (unsellable). So I should probably take into account how long some of these business have been around (I'm still new, haven't been back in AVS for maybe 5+ years). You know when you're gone from AVS for a while you're "happy". Although the definition of "happy" is strange, I'm also "happy" when spending a long time researching new products and getting "amped up" for them, lol.
The investment part matters a little bit, because although we're talking end-game, is there every really? Usually the subwoofer can kind of carry you there, but seems like every other equipment gets "upgraded"
I really like the buy once cry once
motto from above, I'm going to use it in other situations. I like to tell my team do it right the first time, if you don't plan on doing it right, don't do it at all - waste of your time, and waste of your money
At the same time, my coworker told me something a couple years ago that you guys may have all heard before - YAGNI. You Ain't Gonna Need It.
At that point, I stopped buying basically anything that wasn't related to survival! My 401K/savings grew like crazy. But it also felt like a condition, I would stop to think before I spent $20 on anything. I lived poor by keeping only a few hundred dollars in the bank and everything else was moved.
That's a different sense of happiness, I blew about $40,000 on a deck/roof this year, as sort of a reward for living that YAGNI life. I'm still at the tail end of opening up that can of worms though (where money is bleeding). It's tough to have a middleground, if you think about YAGNI too much - how on earth are we ever going to own a piece of AV equipment? Lol. This is where a wife and a budget come into play. I suppose the middleground is forcing yourself to have patience
, forcing only $500/month towards a subwoofer budget/bucket and "wait it out".