Society & Culture

What's the most expensive 'thing' you have ever bought (other than house and car)?

Society & Culture

Posted by: GreenLego

10th Jan 2023 03:49pm

Excluding the place where you live and your daily car, what's the most expensive thing you have ever bought? (excluding joke answers like 'education', 'medical bills', 'wife' etc)

I think back in the 80's, TVs were the most expensive thing people bought after house/car.

For me, I think my TV is the most expensive thing, but it's a toss up between that and my desktop PC.

Perhaps people nowdays spend a lot on their mobile phones or tablets?

Musical instrument?

Sporting gear? My bicycle was pretty expensive.

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  • 6th Mar 2023 01:49am

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  • 5th Mar 2023 06:16pm

It's seems good

  • 28th Feb 2023 04:48pm

Spent about $250 on a pair of leather boots about 17 years ago never wear them now but I still have them.

  • 27th Feb 2023 03:14pm

2 months overseas USA CANADA THAILAND ENGLAND SCOTLAND took my nephew to visit friends.

  • 27th Feb 2023 12:58pm

It was my family's fares to Australia in 1974

  • 27th Feb 2023 03:18pm
It was my family's fares to Australia in 1974

My family had to pay 10 pound each for adults. Me and my brother were free. That was in 1952.

  • 18th Feb 2023 10:44pm

The best present, I have ever given myself is hearing aids which cost me about $15,000 every five years.

Besides this I did buy my mother a complete new $10,000 wardrobe as her clothes were very old and I wanted to see her enjoy her “glad rags” before she died.

  • 18th Feb 2023 07:09pm


  • 16th Feb 2023 01:09pm

Wow at first, I cast my mind back to all the single most expensive things I'd bought in my life and tried to mentally place them in order of expense. I thought I narrowed it down to one item, and then I read all the great answers below and realized that that item doesn't really stack up to the Solar energy system I just had installed or the PC I built. Those two, leave my original thought 'in their dust', so-to-speak. But even though they do, I'm gonna stick with the item that first came to mind as my most expensive thing...a wristwatch, an Omega Seamaster.
It was a gift I gave to myself...a while after my last relationship fell apart. It became clear to me that I was to live a single life and I figured I would've spent a bucket of money in jewelry and whatnot on any woman I was with and that money was left unspent, so I bought myself this extravagant gift (an amount I would never have spent on myself) to cheer myself up.

I still have it; it's a beautiful piece of design and craftsmanship and I'd never replace it with one of the new electronic phone/watch/body analysis things flogged today. It's self-winding, requires no batteries and does exactly what I want it to do...keep the time. And 48 hours after I stop moving, it too will stop.

  • 15th Feb 2023 11:44pm

A river cruise abroad.

  • 15th Feb 2023 09:02pm

My holidays. I tend to go on expeditionary type cruises to remote places. These places can be quite inaccessible and only cater for a small number of passengers so these trips can work out quite expensive, but I really enjoy travelling and seeing new places so I think it worth it to spend my savings on me.

  • 15th Feb 2023 07:11pm

My solar system with back up batteries and a new reverse cycle aircondition system have been the most expensive things I've purchased to date.

  • 15th Feb 2023 03:23pm

Bought a caravan during the pandemic! Yes, the price was more than it might have been before the pandemic started but with international travel being cancelled and looking unpalatable in the near future, a different type of holiday in a caravan seemed like a good alternative! And it definitely is!
Caravanning was not really on my list of favourite holiday options but had an extraordinary time travelling this extraordinary country last year and we will hit the road again in a few months time for another expedition. Whilst I agree it's not for everyone, heading off with the trusty 'home on wheels' following along behind you is a great way to explore and discover what this country has to offer ( and there is SO much ) but also discover the breadth of your own sense of adventure. Recommend it!

  • 15th Feb 2023 03:16pm

I went deaf so over the last 20 + years I have spent money to purchase
2 cochlear devices the first with surgery cost over 30,000 dollars and the first became obsolete and now I have a new one that cost close to 10,000 just so I get to hear I'm am so grateful. To hear like everyone else

  • 10th Feb 2023 01:03am

Anyone who is into collecting will be very familiar with paying more than expected for a specific item, definitely desire is greater than need here. We are not just talking traditional high end items such as art and antiques, but things such as sneakers or collectible sports cards and sporting memorabilia can also be high ticket items. Just check out the 2017 Planet coins from the Australian mint on Ebay. On the other hand there are people who enjoy fixing up and restoring dolls found for a few dollars in opp shops, so there are all levels of collecting

  • 9th Feb 2023 01:10pm

My own engagement ring
He couldn’t afford one
So I paid for it what a waste of money rotten marraige
Only good thing about it was my beautiful kids

  • 8th Feb 2023 09:01pm

A long time ago now but definately a fur coat for my wife.

  • 8th Feb 2023 08:10pm

A watch for my husband’s 60th

  • 8th Feb 2023 03:55pm

My solar battery storage unit was the most expensive thing I have purchased.

  • 8th Feb 2023 03:30pm

A good quality mattress. 5k later and the best decision we’ve ever made

  • 8th Feb 2023 08:32am

A Ride on mower. A necessity on an acreage block.

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  • 7th Feb 2023 10:29pm

King bed set up... (mattress, frame, nice sheets, etc.) Can definitely buy a good night's sleep...

  • 7th Feb 2023 05:17pm

Easily the cost of purchase and installation of each one of my new desktop PC's over the last say 30 years - which on each occasion cost more than brand new washing machines and refrigerators purchased in the same period.

  • 7th Feb 2023 05:10pm

Violin. Not only paid a lot for it, but then paid for a luthier to fix it up and revarnish it. Absolutely worth it

  • 6th Feb 2023 09:34pm

My computer and it's upgrades and accessories.

  • 6th Feb 2023 05:34pm

A Holiday to Greece for a month. I never planned it but cost a lot.

  • 6th Feb 2023 05:14pm

The most expensive thing I have ever bought, excluding my house and car, was my high-end gaming desktop computer, which cost me around $2,500.

  • 2nd Feb 2023 09:39am

Probably my horse.
Although her purchase cost wasn't extravagant the yearly upkeep, vet bills, feeds, equipment and licorice for treats keeps the costs coming.
So of course I have 3 horses. 3x the costs.
$550 a fortnight for agistment.
Approx $300 a fortnight for feed.
$180 every 6 weeks for farrier.
$1000 a year approx for drenching, teeth, vaccinations.
That's only the beginning.
I don't own a home, my car air con hasn't worked for 3 years, I need new tires on the car, need 3 dental implants (thanks to the horse)
But I wouldn't give them up for the world.

  • 2nd Feb 2023 02:11pm
Probably my horse.
Although her purchase cost wasn't extravagant the yearly upkeep, vet bills, feeds, equipment and licorice for treats keeps the costs coming.
So of course I have...

They are your pets, rather than investment/race horses?

And yes, I can see how pets can become expensive. My pure bred dog cost $2000 from the breeder, but that is so much cheaper than other breeds.

  • 31st Jan 2023 06:40pm

My professional camera was the most expensive thing I have ever bought.

  • 2nd Feb 2023 02:12pm
My professional camera was the most expensive thing I have ever bought.

Ah, that's true! I'm sure some tradepeople will have very expensive tools for their job.

  • 31st Jan 2023 02:58pm

My wedding ring cost about $10,000

  • 30th Jan 2023 07:43am

Shares in a horse racing group. Think i would have owned about a inch or two above the shoe of 1 foot of the 6 we had. At least i can tell everyone it is one of the most expensive key rings they will see. Pretty much absolute duds one or two won a couple of races in Country Victoria. While i hope they did not appear on 4 Corners as being mis treated i would not be surprised if next door neighbors dog dined out on them at some stage.

  • 27th Jan 2023 02:42pm

General music gear is the most expensive. All up quite a lot of money. The most expensive item would be a $4000 bass guitar.
An obsolete item now, but which was bought over 25 years ago was a Sony camcorder that back then cost me $2000 and was very pricey at that time.

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