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    Toys?

    I'm m looking to buy a drone, haven't decided what price range yet. they go from $40 to over $1000 but I'm leaning towards the $40 pricepoint. Just curious if any of you have a toy in your crosshairs?
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    I like my big boy toys. Next on my list is a backhoe, but not until we add on to the barn so it can be kept under roof.

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      #3
      I have a small remote control helicopter. Hard to fly but pretty fun once you get the hang of it.
      Brian

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        #4
        Nah. Not really into "toys". We're much more likely to spend money on experiences at this point in our lives. I'm typing this message from a hotel just outside of Grand Canyon National Park. We spent yesterday and today hiking and exploring the canyon. That's where I'd rather spend my money. Nothing wrong with toys, certainly. There just isn't anything I particularly care about.
        Steve

        * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
        * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
        * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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          #5
          Speaking of "toys", very often "toys" drastically lose value after you purchase them. For example, how much would a used $40 dollar drone fetch at a garage sale? Five bucks? A buck?

          If you want to be financially healthy it makes more sense to invest your money in appreciating, not depreciating assets.
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            #6
            Originally posted by james.hendrickson View Post
            Speaking of "toys", very often "toys" drastically lose value after you purchase them. For example, how much would a used $40 dollar drone fetch at a garage sale? Five bucks? A buck?

            If you want to be financially healthy it makes more sense to invest your money in appreciating, not depreciating assets.
            That's true, but not really relevant, unless of course OP can find a used drone that he likes and save a few bucks. Everything isn't about investing for profit. If we all took that attitude, nobody would ever go on vacation, go out to eat, or do anything else that isn't absolutely necessary.
            Steve

            * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
            * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
            * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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              #7
              Originally posted by james.hendrickson View Post
              Speaking of "toys", very often "toys" drastically lose value after you purchase them. For example, how much would a used $40 dollar drone fetch at a garage sale? Five bucks? A buck?

              If you want to be financially healthy it makes more sense to invest your money in appreciating, not depreciating assets.
              I don't think the OP is asking about a drone as an "investment." He wants to know if folks buy toys. And of course they do. Everyone has toys of different kinds.
              Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

              -George Carlin

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                #8
                I think the $500+ drones are for people into aerial videography/photography. They are also more crash prone since some has auto pilot functions(even will fly back to the charging station before runs out of power automatically).

                If you are not into all that, then a drone under 100 will do. Play with it until you are sick of it.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Singuy View Post
                  I think the $500+ drones are for people into aerial videography/photography. They are also more crash prone
                  I'm curious why the more expensive drones are more crash-prone. I guess I would expect just the opposite to be true.
                  Steve

                  * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                  * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                  * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by disneysteve View Post
                    I'm curious why the more expensive drones are more crash-prone. I guess I would expect just the opposite to be true.
                    I agree. I've seen one in the higher price fly before and it went out too far and autopilot took over and flew it back. I have to say I was amazed at the technology.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Fishindude77 View Post
                      I like my big boy toys. Next on my list is a backhoe, but not until we add on to the barn so it can be kept under roof.
                      I have a cub cadet 5000 series backhoe and loader with a 3 cylinder diesel. 4 wheel drive. Comes in super handy. I've re landscaped a retaining wall, dug trenches for my gutters, spread gravel around my driveway, excavated for my pool, and plowed snow with it. I couldn't imagine doing all that by hand.
                      Brian

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                        more guns.

                        some interests - 454 casull revolver. my father likes to go fishing in Alaska, and I'm trying to spend more time with him. been around bears, which can be dangerous, but they do tend to avoid people. nowadays I prefer to be better prepared than to have begging the bear to stop biting me as my only resort. So I'd bring that as a defensive piece.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by disneysteve View Post
                          I'm curious why the more expensive drones are more crash-prone. I guess I would expect just the opposite to be true.
                          The more expensive ones have GPS. They launch on their own. fly on their own and then return to home on their own. Not much fun if you are buying one to fly it. Great fun if you are worried about losing your $1000 drone.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by corn18 View Post
                            The more expensive ones have GPS. They launch on their own. fly on their own and then return to home on their own. Not much fun if you are buying one to fly it. Great fun if you are worried about losing your $1000 drone.
                            That doesn't explain why they're more crash-prone.

                            Perhaps Singuy's post was supposed to say "crash-proof".
                            Steve

                            * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                            * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                            * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                              #15
                              probably. the crappier drones once they start losing their lock aren't smart enough to return home, and can keep flying straight right over the horizon. lol

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