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I'm that elf from LOTR........Lego "Less"

ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,101
Yep. No Lego under the tree this year. My son is now 17 and my wife says that I pretty much have everything anyway so how can she buy me anything! :-(

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  • Stvoyager04Stvoyager04 Member Posts: 119
    I'm pretty sure you can't have everything...

    If you have I am jealousy personified!
  • jockosjunglejockosjungle Member Posts: 701
    Considering some of the 2014 sets leaked out this week, how can that be?

    Lego Technic Red Arrow and a Star Wars set for me!
  • sandtherapysandtherapy Member Posts: 108
    An ex-male friend would frequently ask me "Why do you need any more LEGO? Don't you have enough already?" I guess the Non-AFOL just doesn't get it.
  • dneuldneul Member Posts: 369
    Man... Even if you did have *every* set... What about just bricks... Some people just don't think about our needs...
  • YpresYpres Member Posts: 200
    Well the way I see it is that you can either be single and have all the Lego you can afford, get married and buy a fraction of what you would otherwise, or get divorced and have neither a woman nor Lego. I used to go crazy buying Lego online, until one day I stumbled across an Ebay User who was selling his Collector's Edition X-Wing (1st one) and a few electronics (flat screen tv, Iphone, etc), all because he was getting divorced. Rather than buy his X-wing and his TV (which were both good prices), I took the hint and put my creditcard away. Sometimes it's not about how much Lego you have, it's about how much money you spend. Other times your wife might literally be saying "you have way too much Lego"... in which case, sacrifice a few sets for the greater good of the relationship. Personally, I have a hard time explaining Lego is just an innocent hobby when I'm seen more often holding a credit card than I am an instruction book for one of the sets I just bought. I got only one Lego set for Christmas, and I made an effort to seem mildly impressed as opposed to peeing my pants from shock. Just play it cool and make sure your hobby isn't an addiction, otherwise you'll seem like a creepy guy with BeanieBabies all over his house... who I'm pretty sure is on eHarmony right now!
    kylejohnson11LegoManiacc
  • jockosjunglejockosjungle Member Posts: 701
    Have to agree with this. Each lego set I buy actually costs me double as my wife feels she should be allowed the same amount on something else.

    I don't spend that much, stick to certain themes and save cheap lego for the kids when they are older.
  • alexwilalexwil UKMember Posts: 375
    I have a strict self imposed lego budget. That way if she does start to question anything i've brought I can turn round and say 'well I did save up for X months to get it' or if that fails deflect the attention on too her many shoes and handbags! and as a last resort ask her how many times shes been out for coffee/lunch with friends this month!
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 2,101
    Interesting comments. No, of course I do not have everything, but I do have most of what I want due to sacrifices early on in life which led to a good disposable income . The biggest problem is that I’ve been a re-seller for over 3 years so I’m always on the prowl for the good deals. The best place for her to go “shopping” would be the attic where I keep all of my stock. If she went out and bought me set XXXX, I would know that she paid too much because I could have had it last month on triple VIP day, BOGO etc etc. Basically, this is the curse of the re-seller. It’s a little harder to enjoy the set without contemplating its worth; past, present and future.

    Ypes: Totally agree. Any addiction that you spend too much time and money will cause stress on your relationships. Lego are our passion but the exact same thing can be said of golf, hunting, booze, tattoos, etc. The list is endless. Your insight about “sacrificing a few sets for your relationship” shows a maturity that is not as common as it should be. Way too many put “stuff” before our relationships and soon turmoil happens. Our divorce rates are caused by our increasing narcissism.

    Well!! That got pretty heavy for a what was intended to just be a little humor. Now go kiss your spouse and honor them by sticking to an agreed-upon Lego budget.
    LegoManiaccmargot
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