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#177054 - 07/21/09 03:31 AM 11 Theoretical Dollars
MoBOB Offline
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OK boys and girls, here is your assignment:

You are being given 11 Theoretical Dollars (TD). Take your TDs to local dollar store and "buy" some new stuff for your BOB or EDC. I was going to give you 10 TDs but I am giving an allowance for tax.

I am interested to see what was "purchased". Given the various interpretation of a BOB and EDC. Or you may choose to use this as a start for a kid's "just-in-case" kit. Feel free to post your "purchase". You may also provide a statement of why each item was purchased.

Have fun.

MoBOB
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#177058 - 07/21/09 04:32 AM Re: 11 Theoretical Dollars [Re: MoBOB]
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Hmmm...

Ten bucks? Oops ten plus tax which is just about right here in California at the moment.

If it were for the kid, I'd try to find a Gerber LST knife for that much, I know I can get a Paraframe Jr. for $12.95 but that's over your limit.

For me, maybe an extra firesteel? Or another 4 way faucet wrench so I can keep one in the car and one in my urban EDC kit?

That's a tough one.
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#177059 - 07/21/09 04:35 AM Re: 11 Theoretical Dollars [Re: MoBOB]
Todd W Offline
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Registered: 11/14/04
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Loc: Mountains of CA
Each item? Hehe, 11 TD where I live doesn't buy much frown

Uncle Bill's Sliver Gripper would be what I purchase.
1 Unit -- $7.75
One of the most used (cheap) items on my EDC.

Fox Whistle - Price w/Shipping = rest of the $.
Not widely used, but super important for EDC, and when you need it you NEED it.

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#177060 - 07/21/09 04:56 AM Re: 11 Theoretical Dollars [Re: Todd W]
comms Offline
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Hey +1 on the Uncle Bill's Sliver Grippers aka tweezers.
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#177062 - 07/21/09 05:16 AM Re: 11 Theoretical Dollars [Re: comms]
Tom_L Offline
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Probably a Tramontina bolo machete, what a fine tool for the money. Or maybe a Mora. If you look hard you might be able to get one in your price range. Many more options as far as tools go - hammer, crowbar, basic screwdriver set, wrench, wood saw/hacksaw etc.

$11 could buy a few days' worth of food (simple things like rice or pasta), a blanket, all sorts of second-hand (but still very useful) military surplus gear or clothing. Anything from pants and shirts to a poncho, small canvas backpack or shoulder bag.

Actually, it's pretty amazing what $11 can buy. It's even more amazing a lot of people in the Third World countries get by with just a dollar or two per day. Always good to keep things in a perspective...


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#177063 - 07/21/09 05:32 AM Re: 11 Theoretical Dollars [Re: Tom_L]
RoverOver Offline
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Registered: 01/16/09
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Loc: Kali4nya
A Threesome pkg. of Mini Vise grips & A cheapy Hollow handled Survival Knife w/variable contents in handle from ,Harbor Freight Tools-Standard Disclaimer applies!

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#177069 - 07/21/09 08:41 AM Re: 11 Theoretical Dollars [Re: MoBOB]
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Hmmm.

This is an interesting game. I'll go to the Dollar Tree today if I get a chance and see what I can find.
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#177074 - 07/21/09 11:53 AM Re: 11 Theoretical Dollars [Re: Nicodemus]
Kris Offline
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Living in the caribbean, sunblock is uber important in your BOB or EDC (when outdoors). About 9 bucks buys you some half decent water/sweat proof 60+ SPF, and thats just enough where my Canadian skin doesn't burn in 30 mins!!!

The rest of the TD's would be for bottle water... if you look hard around here you can pick up 4 small bottles for 2 bucks.

Now i'm ready for the beach ;-)
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#177082 - 07/21/09 02:14 PM Re: 11 Theoretical Dollars [Re: Kris]
Todd W Offline
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Originally Posted By: Kris
Living in the caribbean, sunblock is uber important in your BOB or EDC (when outdoors). About 9 bucks buys you some half decent water/sweat proof 60+ SPF, and thats just enough where my Canadian skin doesn't burn in 30 mins!!!

The rest of the TD's would be for bottle water... if you look hard around here you can pick up 4 small bottles for 2 bucks.

Now i'm ready for the beach ;-)


I figured 11TD would be good for an umbrella drink... wink
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#177095 - 07/21/09 03:38 PM Re: 11 Theoretical Dollars [Re: Todd W]
benjammin Offline
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Loc: Anchorage AK
For EDC, I need a new sewing kit, and some more butane for my lighters, and maybe a couple more AAA batts.

For BOB, I've no room left for any new stuff, so maybe I could replace some candles, get some new bottles of water to rotate the stock, maybe a couple powerbars or something like that. If they have decent enough wire ties I might grab a bag of those.
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