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Things You've Bought That Turned Out To Be Really Good Value


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Netflix, it's a godly thing that also finds for me things I enjoy but would have never have otherwise come across.

 

Swiss Army Knife I was given years ago and still gets used all the time for everything.

 

Mechanical keyboard - you pay more for it but I type much faster on a mechanical and it tires your hands less. Also stops me from getting agony from a finger that I broke that never healed as it should have when I was young. They're also purported to live much longer - mine has already survived tea, something my older keyboards didn't do nearly as well with.

 

Also, socket set from TK-Maxx for a tenner, saved me ten times that in maintenance costs on my car.

 

Oh and the ASUS T100 Tablet, I got it fairly off the RRP but would still be happy paying full whack for it. Does everything a tablet should, but can also be used as a fully fledged if somewhat average PC when you need one. Only tablet I've ever properly used and enjoyed. (Being able to play Steam games on it may be swaying me slightly)

 

Not to forget the Jackly 31 in 1 screwdriver sets. I replace them every couple of years as a bit will go missing, but they're the most useful way to spend a fiver. Each one pays itself off the first time I use it, and the quality for chinese stuff is absolutely brilliant.

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A Vauxall Cavalier Estate for £250 , I bought it as a stop gap between vans ,but it was so spacious, economical and bombproof I ended up running it for nearly 2 years only had to change the tyres.

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I went looking for a stereo several years ago. I had an idea of sound I wanted at certain volumes. So I took a cd with me to test some stuff out. Had a budget of £400, and was right up for spending it, tested about 20 systems, annoyed confused some sales people, bought a SHARPE one from Colburns for £120.

 

2 small speakers and a bass box, What a sound.

 

Awesome, best purchase ever.

 

The CD I used to test the systems was 'Pungent Effluent' by the Ozric Tentacles.

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Swiss Army Knife I was given years ago and still gets used all the time for everything.

I've often wondered - how confident of success does an army have to be to include a corkscrew as one of the blades on it's knife?

And a nail fine. I'm sure Armying's tough on the nails, and opening all of those Toblerones plays havoc with the cuticles but come on, just wait until you get home and get busy with an emery board or somesuch.

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A watch repair kit from Amazon, and button batteries from the same place. Jointly, cheaper than getting one replacement battery fitted professionally, and I've done a few now.

 

Otherwise, if you are using cheap watches (and I've got quite a few in different colours) the battery costs more than the watch did to start with.

 

I've also successfully changed the battery in a radio controlled watch, which was what triggered the purchase in the first place - the jeweller I took it to couldn't do it - needed a google for the make and model for instructions in how to reset it, and bingo!

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- A small set of tiny screwdrivers and a slightly more robust tool kit which were given to me when I went to Uni. They've been used lots over the years.

 

- A pair of fingerless gloves with mitten attachment sent by an elderly relative from Canada when I was in primary school. Still using them (though the thumbs need darning).

 

- My Grandmother's old standing mixer. It'll probably outlive most of us.

 

- A silicone spatula picked up for 2 quid from TK Max.

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Bought a laptop for <£50 with a 'hdd error' wiped the hdd, repaired the existing installation of windows 7, been the most reliable laptop i've had, been in daily use for 2 years, sometimes on for 8-9 hours a day, only thing to go wrong is a cracked bezel when I dropped it oh and a dead battery.

 

But please if anyone ever sells a laptop S/H, please wipe the HDD first or just remove it altogether, discovering your home made porn is also by far the worst £30 I've spent. (I've left some details vague, but if you've sold a laptop for <£50 in the last 2 years, don't worry, Its long been deleted, just a shame I can't erase my mind as easily.)

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Swiss Army Knife I was given years ago and still gets used all the time for everything.

I've often wondered - how confident of success does an army have to be to include a corkscrew as one of the blades on it's knife?

They're great for getting stones out of horseshoes.

 

Plus when you win battles the corkscrew helps in celebrating your victory that evening.

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A Border terrier from the much vaunted Brumberhill kennel in Pickering, Yorks. 'Biffo' showed promise in the showring as a youngster but was superceded by his son (a lesson to all of us?). The breeder then sold him onto to me for a small fortune which the wife still reminds me to this day.

 

Over a decade later and a failing liver meant that I had to make the inevitable decision to euthanase.

 

I'd have happily paid 10x the purchase 'price', and 100x that to have our time again.

 

TBT.

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>Things You've Bought That Turned Out To Be Really Good Value

 

In amongst the best 'value items' must be a £10 note.

 

I was once continually pestered by a colleague to lend him money for cigs, petrol, Sky installment etc. etc. etc. etc...

 

He'd return it when he got paid, but re-borrowed during the following week.

 

So for the final time, I told him to keep it until he next needed it.

 

He never asked again...best tenners worth I've ever had.

 

TBT.

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