Ever notice the thread counts on gun forums?
In every internet forum where I've spent any amount of time, I have noticed that the "gear" section threads faaarrr outnumber the training threads. I think this says something about both as a culture and as a group. It's very easy to go out, acquire stuff, and then "feel" safe. It is much harder to go out and train - even though it is much more fun and good AAR are very interesting to read on a forum.
Mind you, I'm a serious Geardo myself, so I'm not throwing rocks. But remember the saying, "Be wary of the one-gun man" - he probably knows how to use it.
Generally speaking, I now only purchase firearms and "hard" gear (knives, etc.) which are worthy of being passed down to kids and grandkids. If the item doesn't pass the legacy test, I'll pass on it.