When I buy a gadget, I try to act like it's the last version of the gadget I will buy (except for when I'm hypnotized by new iPhones, but that's not my fault. I was hypnotized!). Much like a car, I kick the tires, look under the hood, or do as much as I can to check out something before I buy it, because I want to have quality things so they last a long time. Since tech is so expensive, I think it's more important to spend as much as you can, because you're already going to spend a lot, and you need it to last (AKA "future-proofing"). With my last TV, I did my homework before buying; I compared models and brands, then once I found one I liked, I read or watched other tech blog reviews, inquired from friends who already had that kind of TV, and when it came down to it, sucked it up for the high price tag. My boyfriend and I chose the biggest model we could stand and the highest HD quality that exists because we want to have this TV for the next ten years (hypnotization notwithstanding). But not everyone is like this; things like TVs or cell phones are often not as important to some (shrug), or some people spend a little to have something to tide them over — and just replace as it comes necessary. I think it's an investment, so I justify saving and splurging. What do you do?
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