10 outrageously pricey hobbies
From firing an AR-15 in a helicopter to collecting the autographs of celebrity athletes, here are some obsessions that could break your bank account.
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They didn't list dog or cat shows. Those cost thousands of dollars also! First the animals cost several thousands of dollars and then these people drive all over the US or fly their animals from coast to coast to go to the shows. Some have fancy Winnebago's to drive their dogs in.. At the end of the show year, add up the price of hotels, gas, and flying..
Actually I dont think this author has any clue on reality with expensive hobbies, so lets see some of the more "exotic" hobbies that really do cost:
1. Weapons collecting, there are many that have vast and very expensive collections, (tens even hundreds of thousands of dollars) and you consider a classic Colt SAS revolver can run alone up to 10 thousand or more well you get the picture.
2. Video and arcade game collections, some have all the classic consoles and indeed classic golden age arcade games and pinball machines, some pinball machines run into 5 thousand up and some have a personal arcade in or around their homes.
3. Sports related items, football or baseball used in the world series and superbowl and major playoffs, not to mention trading cards and jerseys used by famous players.
4. CARS (enough said)
5. And finally, as some have said model Railroad and Radio Controlled airplanes, try vintage Lionel or American Flyer or MTH, see if your wallet isnt a lot lighter and many hobbyists have who train layouts with buildings, lakes and incredibly detailed scenery.
So maybe the author needs to really do research on what is an "expensive" hobby
They talk about model cars, but how about model trains? Your average Lionel train set may not be super expensive, but there are people who run small train that are big enough to ride on. Remember "Silver Spoons?""
And when they are run outside, you need plenty of real estate to lay your tracks on.
Pro 4 oval track racer and I fly High Power Rockets. One rocket cost me $100 a second for fuel, good thing it only burned for 2.7 seconds. Most flights don't usually cost that much.
The race car...don't ask :p
edit: wanted to add that I just got a new "M" class motor case for $165, end pieces will be another $135 and I have a sponsor for the fuel, $240 + HAZMAT shipping of $25. This is for a commercial hobby level baby "M" motor. 500 pounds of thrust for 2.4 seconds. You can get them *much* bigger...
If you got the time coin roll hunting is another hobby too especially 10yrs ago when silver prices were cheaper. You go to the bank and order $500 worth of half dollar coins in a case. Go through them and get a $0.50c piece for face value. Back when silver was wroth $10ozt a pre-1965 $0.50c piece was still worth $3.60 a piece. In 2011 when silver jumped to $48 the same $0.50c piece was worth $17.58 a piece. Back 10 years ago when silver was cheap people didn't care so you most likely find up to $2 face value or more in a case of $500 worth of half dollars. Now with higher silver prices and a tanking dollar they're pretty much picked out and harder to find in circulation. After picking out the silver you return the case to the bank to get cash and order another case.
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