I am a cheapskate, a parsimonious skinflint, a stingy-ass tightwad. I will spend hours scouring the interwebs because I know, KNOW, deep in my soul someone somewhere will sell me that widget for 10% less. I’ll happily buy factory second, used, knocked-off, and counterfeited goods to save a dime. I think retail price is only for suckers and the apathetic rich. I’m kidding, of course, but mostly not kidding. To be clear, I do not support straight up stolen intellectual property. Particularly that of innovative small companies. That said, I feel the world of bolt-on moto accessories is grotesquely over-priced. Particularly from the big-name manufacturers, who often release something of minimal functional value but charge obscene prices compared to the actual cost of materials. I shall stand in defiance of these corporate titans and with my lone voice against the storm, shout, “No More!” My tightfistedness is kind of a sickness, really. Probably something to do with a low sense of self-worth, having 4 kids, or a clinical need for something to “hunt” (pathetically using mouse clicks rather than trigger clicks). Who the hell knows, but recognizing this as a problem, I was moved to see just what all this investment in time and energy actually wrought. Boy was I surprised. $8782 worth of surprised. See below exactly how I saved nearly $9000 on farkles, and my thoughts on each. Sure, some are kind of cheating, but I am comparing function-to-function, and I tried to be pretty honest. Frankly I would never, ever have considered buying most of the full retail items listed, so did I save money, really, or did I spend $9000 that should have gone towards my kids anemic college funds? Who cares; its my post so I can write whatever I feel like writing. Read on!