i wouldn't be so sure, billy
very commendable stance, ralph... i used to be really bad about buying new plug ins and such, but i haven't bought a plug in in so long now. and finding it much easier to ignore the constant deluge of new plugs.
i guess i can justify what i do, and my minor case of gear lust by the fact that i actually *am* productive and prolific. although lately i've just had such a desire to return to simpler means.. thus my obsession with hardware loopers. or at least a desire to not stare at a computer when making music.
i definitely see a LOT of people.. on some forums especially. where they have mountains and mountains of synthesizers, yet never actually USE them for anything.
i think we all need to realize that the best music is often made by the simplest means. and just keep that in mind when eying your next purchase..