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.

 of 12
 of 12
Sep 11, 2013 10:42PM
Sep 11, 2013 11:35PM
I worked for Amtrak years ago. Lots of celebrities hated to fly. John Madden for one, Pearl Bailey was another. They would get cars added to the train and travel across country that way. Jackie Gleason actually owned his own refurbished rail car. It had a baby grand piano in it and everything was white. White walls, carpet, furnishings, the works. He was a very nice man, always treated the workers servicing his cars with respect. 
Sep 11, 2013 10:43PM
They forgot those "Toddlers in Tiaras" type pageants.  That has to cost a lot.
Sep 11, 2013 8:46PM

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..


Sep 12, 2013 8:24AM

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


Sep 11, 2013 8:27PM
Those are the most stupid hobbies (if they really exist). If your hobby is taking private train rides, you are seriously screwed up in the head. The helicopter sniper is another one. How much glue did the authour of this article sniff to get this idea. And then what editor got their photo taken while they were screwing a goat to actually think this was publishable.
Sep 11, 2013 8:59PM
I expected more down to earth hobbies, but yes these can be expensive. At least now I feel better about more photography hobby and a $600 camera lens.
Sep 11, 2013 8:18PM
Sep 11, 2013 10:48PM
Saltwater aquariums. I have way to much in mine but I love it
Sep 11, 2013 10:15PM
FYI    collecting antique cars,   1/8 scale steam locomotives that you can actual ride.   racing cars .   collecting airplanes   just to add a few you missed.
What about collecting vintage guitars? Slash paid 750,000 for a 1959 Gibson Les Paul. 
Sep 12, 2013 2:50AM
Two things: 

1.) I don't think $70 per tire is accurate. I'm guessing someone missed a 0 and that should be $700. 

2.) "They're not toys...Radio-controlled electric cars..." They absolutely are toys. Just because they are costly, run on gas, or generally beyond the means of children doesn't make them not toys. 
Sep 11, 2013 11:03PM

  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.

Sep 11, 2013 9:15PM
Try building your own guns. It's perfectly legal but you can easily need $1200 in tools just to make one gun. Then you have to buy all the parts. That has gotten pricey after the whole Sandy Hook thing when liberals started to howl for more gun control. The market for parts is barely getting back to normal but the ammo market is still running in short supply. For thousands of years alchemists have been trying to turn lead into gold. In 2013 Obama managed to do it.
Sep 12, 2013 5:37AM

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...

Sep 12, 2013 4:00AM
Pen collecting can be a worthwhile hobby if you can buy for cheap and sell it on eBay for a premium.  The worthwhile hobby is coin collecting.  Always a popular thing in the eBay world especially with precious metal prices going up as the dollar becomes worthless.  Even with base metal coins you pick out from the dealer's junk pile for a 25c  each they can possibly sell to as much as $10 for one on eBay. 

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.

Sep 12, 2013 1:51AM
I've always wanted to be a helicopter sniper....but it's too expensive.  :-(
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?


Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.

Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.

Trending NOW

What’s this?


[BRIEFING.COM] Recent action saw the key indices inch to fresh lows for the session. Including today's decline of 0.8%, the S&P 500 is lower by 0.5% so far in September. Despite the loss for the month, the benchmark index has fared a bit better than its higher-beta peers. On that note, the Nasdaq has given up 1.3% so far this month, while the Russell 2000 is down 3.7% for the month. Elsewhere, the price-weighted Dow (-0.5%) trades ahead of the broader market today and is up 0.6% for the ... More