"30 pairs of specialty pliers. Average cost of around $100 each. Then my collection of files, there are about 200 in it, avewrage cost of around $30 each."
Yikes, Aggie! I was a jeweler for 12 years and at no point had more than 8-10 pliers or 20 files. Of course, now I'm NOT a photographer and have an unheard of number of lenses and cameras. Maybe that's the difference between an amatuer and a professional -- only the amature can afford to splurge