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New Gadgets vs. Old Gadgets

Would You Rather: New Expensive Gadget or Last Year's Model?

Since I write about the newest, shiniest gadgets all day (some of which won't even see a store shelf for months!), I lust after the newest technology on a daily basis. But each time I hit the store and see last year's versions of cameras, video cameras, MP3 players, or any other technology — especially when they're on sale — I'm tempted to pick one up instead. Why spend double (or sometimes triple) the amount of money on a device just because it's new? And it's not just products that are on sale — refurbished devices can work as well as they do brand-new, and sometimes even come with a warranty, too.

When the newer version is slightly superior but more expensive, which would you rather have? A more affordable option that gets the job done, or the brand-new, just-released gadget on the top of its game?

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bellakaoru bellakaoru 5 years
It does depend, the newest can often have bugs to work through (ahem, iPhone 4) but I'll usually get the newest but then hold on to it for a while, despite newer versions.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 5 years
I always buy my apple computers refurbished. I own a refurbished macbook and a refurbished imac. They look brand new, run like new, and they have the EXACT SAME warranty as a new computer from Apple. In my opinion, there is no reason to buy a new one when you can spend a few hundred less buying essentially the same thing refurbished. However, I'm dying to have the new ipod touch ;)
Hywar Hywar 5 years
It depends. If the new gadget is exponentially different, and has new features with it that I know I would use, I would probably spring for the new one. If not a lot has changed, or it's only added on things I don't care for, I would go with the older, cheaper model.
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