About 6 years ago, I went on a pretty serious exercise regimen, and felt that if I had a stationary exercise bike I’d get great use out of it, so naturally I went off to a large box Exercise Store, and bought one of the dumber wastes of money in my life, a $1000 exercise bike.
This baby was all-singing all-dancing, programmable, with magnetic thingies and other stuff (the only thing it didn’t do was make me sit on it and force me to exercise, which would have been the best idea).
I did use it for a while, stopped, and then when I went back to it, it was broken. It started working again after a while and then finally died completely (naturally completely out of the warranty period). Here I sat with $1000 worth of useless exercise equipment (that I had to throw out), and a middle-aged paunch.
My frustration with myself is that I got “sold” something that I knew I didn’t need (a ludicrously expensive exercise bike) when all I needed was a generic bike.
The best part of the story is that 2 years ago I finally decided to get another stationary exercise bike, found it on Kajiji, bought it for $100 and it does more than the $1000 carbuncle that I bought so long ago. I had to drive to hell and gone to get this replacement bike, but I got what I needed and it still works today.
Unfortunately I still have the middle-aged paunch, but I am working on it (for those who don’t recognize that is a reference to Middle Aged Man, from Saturday Night Live).
I realize that most folks are not too proud of their dumb purchases, but can I ask my readers, what is the most expensive dumb thing that you bought? I am curious to know what folks will admit to, and how much money might be spent on one of these (I feel stupid enough blowing $1000), how big was yours?