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#1 posted 11-09-2012 04:53 PM

My wife bought me my Lie Nielsen bronze smoothing plane from the GW store in NYC. It may be a “snob appeal” piece, but it’s perhaps the nicest gift I have ever received and I cherish it.

Every lesser plane I’ve bought since then has been a huge disappointment. It’s not the same as, say, an Abercrombie and Fitch polo shirt for $100 compared to a Lands End one from Sears for $29.

I would never buy a Porsche. Their business model is to sell the latest model to their “loyal” customers and abandon owners of older editions. Ask any owner of the first water-cooled 911s who experienced the main bearing seal problem and who were told to suck it up and pay for the $15K overhaul to correct the problem.

“Expensive” may not always equal “best”, but some expensive items are worth every penny.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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