Two scnearios, What do ya get?:
1. Buy it:
a. The chance to BUY catalogs
b. The chance to talk to people who will sell you anything you want.
c. You can sharpen you negotation skills by paying them exactly what they want.
d. When you get the product you can usually be disapointed. Buyers remorse.
e. You can often learn to talk to freight agents about why the forklift tines are poked into, around and through the package.
f. If it comes intact you can learn to celebrate your good frortune.
g. You can learn what TO and what NOT to buy from Steel Horse.
h. You can learn the value of a dollar.
i. When it breaks you can also look for the receipt an learn what the warranty is really worth.
j. You can learn the meaning of depression.
k. Your spouse can really learn to hate that Jeep.
l. You can learn the maaning of "transference of Feelings" your spouse has about the Jeep.
2. Building the item yourself:
a. You get to buy NEAT tools.
b. You get to learn to use those NEAT tools.
c. You learn to be creative.
d. You get to design stuff!
e. You get to make mistakes.
f. You get to make ANYTHING you want.
g. You get to have lots of spare parts/material laying around.
h. You learn not to throw away ANYTHING.
i. You learn to fabricate stuff from "Junk."
j. You learn to fix and build anything.
i. Your better half will learn you ain't too good looking but your "handy", as Red Green says... and there's some value to it.
k. You learn the value of the dollar.
l. You learn the dollars saved can be used better somewhere else.
m. You learn the better half will dictate the better use.
n. You learn that you CAN MAKE Jeep parts, build a Jeep and STILL be married, have kids, and Feed the family too!
o. You won't suffer from throwing away tons of cardboard from Jeep packages.
p. You won't suffer from the saying: "I wonder what kind of idiot designed this piece of (fill in the rest yourself!)."
q. You'll never feel "taken" by the manufacture.
r. You're real close to have any "warranty" issues taken care of... an as fast as you can fit it into the manufactures schedule!
s. You can have it the part in ANY color YOU would like.
t. You don't pay for a lot of shipping charges.
u. You can learn the PANTONE system of coloration for making all the parts the same shade of color.
v. You can define the quality of the part.
w. You can have a discussion at ANY time with the design engineer.
x. You can consult other design engineers for better ideas.
y. You can modify the part at will... the MarkII design, so to speak, if your name is Mark.
z. You got Bragging rights! This Jeep ain't no poser!
Ok.. I admit it, I was really just trying to get through the alphabet.