Did you spend a fortune on racquets?

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  1. pshulam

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    I had 32 racquets at one time, spending more than $1K. After selling most of them mostly at cost, my 6-racquet collection now has a cost basis of about $250. It's very hard to keep the count at this level as there are so many racquets to try.

    Do you keep track of the cost and the number of racquets in your collection?
     
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  2. Fuji

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    Yup! I've spent well over 2K USD on my racket collection that spanned over 70 at it's highest point. I'm down to about 20 that are mostly keepsakes, and a few for actually playing. :razz:

    -Fuji
     
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  3. pshulam

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    Out of the 6 racquets, I play primarily with 2 of them - the head i.prestige mid and Prince spectrum comp 90.
     
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  4. zapvor

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    oh come on guys. you guys know about the gear thread.
     
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  5. jonestim

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    I think I have 31 racquets. I have sold about 20 others, all for more than I paid. My out of pocket costs after figuring in those sales is somewhere around $400. I'm getting ready to unload some more and should be able to get my out of pocket costs back down under $100 while still keeping about 25.
     
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  6. zapvor

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    wow you guys are like savvy racket traders!
     
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  7. pshulam

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    That's fantastic - average cost of $4 per racquet.:)
     
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    Had to keep equipment cost down to afford paying for indoor court time for the winter.
     
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  9. TheLambsheadrep

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    Let's see...

    First "real" racquet - Ti Radical OS from HS tennis coach - $50 - cracked and sitting at home
    Then LM Radical MP from local tennis store ~ $60 - sold for $60
    Ti. Carbon One 1000 from tennis camp coach - $25 - constant search for replacement grommets haha
    3 TT Radical OS Tours from the bay - $190 (for the 3 sticks, the optional stringing, 6 racquet bag, and shipping) - still my main sticks
    2 Ti. Carbon 6000s, 1 Ti. Carbon 5001, and 1 Ti. Carbon 5000 from the bay - all between $20 and $40 - all are great, nervous about replacement grommets though
    POG (2nd version) off the bay - $32 - needs new i.grommets
    4D 300 Tour off craig's list signed by James Blake - $65 - too afraid to use it haha, maybe one day
    TFight 335 off the bay - $50 - just a plain awesome stick
    X-Dual Pro from TT for sale - $80 Christmas present for me - can't wait to get some kevlar in it
    LE Agassi Radical from TT for sale - $20 - has a crack, but I'll live

    I also acquired 3 racquets for free, I know naming at least one will make you guys jealous haha. Two were sold for $145 after about $45 was spent fixing both up.

    Wow, so that's roughly $700 since 8th grade on JUST racquets, even though I can say not all were purchased by me. But I did make $205 on selling racquets. When adding things like lead tape, grommets, head guard tape, grips, etc, the spent # def goes up a lot and the sold # goes down a little haha. So that's $700/15 racquets which = $46.67, not too shabby for the quality I got or created. Never did the math on this stuff before now, so thanks for bringing it up!
     
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  10. Anton

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    I've spent tons of money on rackets - maybe 3k in about 5 years?

    But compared to some other hobbies (car customizing for example) this is cheap.
     
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  11. Fuji

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    That's the same way I justify it! :razz:

    A lot of my family is into off roading with quads and dirtbikes. That stuff gets ridiculously expensive!

    -Fuji
     
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  12. v-verb

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    You should try collecting guitars and amplifiers. My most $$ guitar was $20k. Insane.

    Since Nov I bought 7 POGs and 2 Prince Borons - so about $1k (Borons $200 each, POGs $75+ or - each shipped)

    Yep I know it's ridiculous
     
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  13. rev200g

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    Tennis is by far my most cost effective interest/sport. Currently have only 4 racquets. My cars, audio/video equipment and mountain bikes costs way more!
     
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  14. makinao

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    Call me cheap.

    Since 2000 when I started having more than one racquet at a time, I've bought racquets only when they are discounted 50% or better. My present main sticks (Radical LEs) cost US$80 brand new a month ago. I got three of them so that makes $240. I also flirted with second hand racquets a month earlier, getting three for under $20 each. So everything I got this year cost under $300. Thats close to the most I've ever spent on racquets in one year.
     
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  15. BlueB

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    Racquets are nothing... What the hell I needed 50 snowboards for?
     
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    I feel your pain! Where do you store them?
     
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  17. DownTheLineWith90

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    FIFTY snowboards???
    Holy sh17..
    Where in he11 would you store all of them?
     
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  18. v-verb

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    LOL I thought I was bad with 6!
     
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  19. The Meat

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    Used to buy updates of my favorite racquets like the Prestige Mid and the 6.1 90 and 95, then selling the previous models after new ones came out. What would have been close to 1.5K spent turned out to be around $900. I only kept 1 of the K-90, K-95, and the Youtek Prestige Mid racquets because they were my favorite.
     
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  20. BlueB

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    50, roughly, maybe more, maybe less, I didn't count them for long time... They come and go all the time...
    I have a nice rack in the garage for the once that I ride or sometimes ride. About 15 that are "museum" pieces hang in my office.
     
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  21. NLBwell

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    I think I've spent about $850 in 5 years. About $500 of that was for 4 Microgel Prestige Pros, which should last me another 4 or 5 years. So I guess I spend about $80 or $100 per year.
     
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  22. RollTrackTake

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    I'm surprised so many people can sell their racquets at cost. I kept a spread sheet to track my tennis expenses. I had played with a total of six racquets from the time I was 14 costing me $500. In the last 3 years I've bought 63!!! I've sold 45. Leaving me with 18 racquets I spent roughly $3,296 on. ($183/racquet) The only racquets I made money on buying than selling are 2 KPS 88's I bought on super clearance at a pro shop and a couple of APD GT's I got a relatively cheap on flea b, then made maybe $20 and reselling them. Unless you guys are getting racquets cheap from player deals, buying used at rock bottom $ or clearance racks it's hard to believe you can even break even much less turn a profit with a large collection. if you buy a 2013 APD for $200, I can't see you breaking even on that. Tennis racquets are like cars. They lose 20% of their value the minute the plastic comes off the handle. thankfully i have stopped the madness and am looking to sell another 10 of my racquets, then wait a decade before buying again.
     
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  23. Big_Dangerous

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    That's why you don't but the rackets new. There's really no difference in playability of a racket that's brand new in plastic as oppossed to one that's in 9/10 condition.
     
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  24. getsby

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    for the 3 years I spent almost 10K USD, and that's not counting the rent courts :?
     
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    Oooooohhh,, i dont even dare to think about the amount i spent buying racquets the last 5 years. Holy lord!

    Most frames has been sold though, so the money lost, or can you say money lost in this case?? I have got the chance to play with many frames and it has satisfied me in a good way.

    :)
     
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  26. Automatix

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    I'm with Hank... just thinking about how much I spent on racquets in the past years makes my head hurt and my wallet seem more empty than it actually is. ;)
     
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    For awhile, ~4 years, I was playing with 4 MgPresMids, that I accumulated at various prices over that time period.

    Then I decided, a year ago, to start demo'ng. I've probably spent ~$1,000 net in the past year or so on frames. I'd demo, buy and resell, so gross value would be +70% of net.

    Have settled on just one, the exo3Tour100 18x20. Funny thing is, it was the first racquet I decided to buy after demo'ng when I first put down my MgPresMids.

    Tennis is a relatively cheap hobby and a healthy one at that. Every time I buy heads and sticks for my drum set, I'm down ~$200. Including cymbals, hardware, drums, percussion accessories, electronics, cases and hand drums, I'd estimate a ~$15,000 value.
     
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  28. anubis

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    I've spent over $1K on racquets, but that's only about 6 of them, as I pay full retail price typically... although I'm starting to buy more used racuqets...
     
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  29. martini1

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    It depends. Some pay $200-300 per week for multiple coaching / lessons. Rackets are not that expensive if you play with the same 2-3 sticks all the time. Stringing adds up if you restring a lot, and with expensive strings.

    If you count the club memberships then it is a lot more...

    But I know, I have seen some serious audio stuff. You can spend $300K easy.
     
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  30. quest01

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    I've bought a decent amount of racquets over the years but I don't collect them. Once I find my holy grail for now I sell my old racquets either on the classified section in here or on e bay.
     
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  32. SteveI

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    Same here. I buy used many times.. as a long term demo. If it does not work out, I sell them or trade them away. I have had as many as 20 as a few as two.
     
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  33. nickarnold2000

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    Cheap?? No, I'd just call you smart! :)
     
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  34. getsby

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    I could be wrong, but I think I'm leader of this topic :)
     
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  35. RollTrackTake

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    I'd put you at #1! some of you guys actually make me feel a little better about my racquet spending! I'll be waiting for my current racquet of choice to go on sale before stocking up on a few backups. which in most cases is a year or two after it's initial debut.
     
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  36. Mick

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    Benjamin Franklin said The use of money is all the advantage there is in having money :)
     
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  37. Thepowerofchoice

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    I have been collecting, trading, buying and selling since 2007. My collection grew to about 75 racquets. I'm now down to about 10 racquets and actually made over a thousand dollars in profit...at least that's what I told my wife anyway LOL :twisted:
     
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  38. JackB1

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    I go through about 6 racquets a year, but I never have more than 3-5 on hand at any time...usually just 2 or 3. I keep a balance in my PayPal account and don't get a new racquet until I have enough money from sales to cover it, so the money just comes in and out. Also I find bargains here on the classifieds or on the Bay. Sometimes I buy/sell a few times just to raise spending money for a racquet I want. If you are
    smart and patient, you can make more $ than you spend.
     
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