Best post ever!!If you are the best player in the group you will be spending money you won from them anyways to pay for your chips.
My group recently (jokingly) asked for a catalog of poker room upgrades they could choose from that I would use the money I win from them to buy.
Pretty damn happy where we are now, it is sick to think of the prices now vs back then but nothing we can do about it. We have been very fortunate to build the collection to where it is now and don't foresee it growing much more anytime soon. But then again this hobby is a sickness, never say never! Lol
I agree!! The best way to change someone's mind is to bribe them with a hotdog sandwich!Answer is simple: buy a hot dog roller to change the narrative! Only those who choose to embrace your chip purchase decision can have a dog, brat, taquito, spring roll, corndog, etc....
Of course we all want our peers to appreciate what money, time and effort we put into upgrading the game but it is never going to happen through chips.
Lol I actually have some of those interlocking chips! My Dad got them for me from my dead great aunt's house. That's when it all started for me. I figured out how to play poker with my friends one night and became hooked!Get some cheap interlocking plastic chips in red, white, and blue only. Use coins for the missing denominations. Then host games with those for a while. Tell them cheap is better. Use old blackjack cards that have clipped corners and have been drilled. Don't use a dealer button because “the dealer knows who he is”. Host only on Formica tops, and encourage drinks on the table.
Just kidding, just enjoy your chips and they will come around.
I'll respond to this with a slightly different angle. Just some random thoughts that popped into my head.
When I was your age, I would have never imagined spending that much on poker chips. My biggest single purchase for a hobby when I was 18 was probably around $400 for a decent set of golf clubs. (maybe $1000 in today's money). [However, 20+ years later, I've spent much, much, much, more than that on poker chip sets for my collection.]
I don't know if your friends are in the same financial standing as you, but be grateful if you can afford those things at your age. If your friend s aren't in the same financial standing as you with money to spend, maybe they just feel a little different about it than you.
Theoretical example -- I'm not sure how I'd would have reacted at age 18 if one of my friends showed off his set of $1700 golf clubs, when I only had a set worth $400 back in the day. Or if I didn't play golf that much, how I would have reacted to one of my friends showing off his set of $1700 golf clubs.
There might be a fine line between your genuine excitement for (expensive) things that you truly enjoy and what some of your friends might see as showing off and/or thinking your spending was irrational. (I don't know.)
Your friends may think that what they are telling you is in your best interest (to prevent what they may see as 'overspending' in the future?), even if they are being overly critical, and not letting things drop.
Not that this will necessarily help, but you can consider your purchase as two different, smaller, poker chip sets, that will last a lifetime, and you went ahead and bought extra matching chips, for a possible expansion of your game from one table to 20 players in the future.
Depending on the denominations, customization, chip breakdowns, etc., these chips might hold a decent amount of resale value for many years. And there's always an option to split up a two-table set in half, and sell half of it in the future. That's impossible to do with a set of golf clubs.
If any of your friends have expensive tastes or hobbies and spend similar amounts of money on other things, just point out to them that you get the same enjoyment out of nice poker chip sets as they do for skiing equipment, watches, cars, shoes, sneakers, or whatever it may be. They might understand better.
If you want to share enjoyment in nice poker chips, you've come to the right place.
Poker chips are a lot like watches & I am addicted to both...I had a friend come over for a poker game for the first time. I have all my chips on display on a book shelf. He looked around and said "why do you need so many poker chips?"....He loves collecting watches, he probably has 15. I looked at him and said "why do you need more than one watch?"
So true...Trying to justice chip purchases to non-chippers is a futile effort.
Watches, Cars, Golf, Boats etc are a lot more expensiveEven though I might have spent a lot of money on chips and related gambling equipment, it's still less than what I've spent on other hobbies. Pick your poison. Become a connoisseur.