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Do You Future-Proof Your Gadgets?

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?


simplysteen simplysteen 9 years
so it's hard because i've developed a spending habit where if i have the money and really, really like it, i'll buy it. it doesn't matter if the product is technology based or clothing base. it becomes a problem because my boyfriend and i tend to money share, so when he purchases items, they are fully researched top of the line products, that are super expensive but will be used over the next years. when i buy something, its normally for what i like at this current point of my life, because i'll buy something new later. so in some way and form we balance each other out, it saying "no, you can't buy this!"
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
it gets harder and harder every year.
chub0t chub0t 9 years
That's my TV up there.....
Sammi_784 Sammi_784 9 years
Nowadays, gadgets are made to be disposable. There are always bigger (or smaller) better versions that will be available in a few months, so they're built on a mass scale with cheap parts because they're not made to last. If you look back to old tv's and video players, they were more expensive but they lasted for years because they were meant to be an investment. Now it's all about marketing a product to death and making as much money as you possibly can before your company releases the next one.
looseseal looseseal 9 years
Electronics starts to get outdated pretty much as soon as you leave the store with them. I'm not sure you always actually get more by spending more. You get the bleeding edge tech by spending more, meaning it may be too new to have been tested very much, and you just paid top dollar to be a guinea pig for new unproven tech that may or may not fall flat on its face. I think it's wisest to go for at least the 2nd generation of new tech, that's when it's likely to have seen some improvements and gotten some bug fixes taken care of, and when the prices start to come down. Sure, there's new bleeding edge stuff coming around the corner by that point, but the 2nd gen stuff can be made to last until the next bleeding edge tech gets to its 2nd gen and fall in prices. So really, it'd last for just as long a time as the 1st gen stuff, it's just that you don't get to be the first to have it (which can be a blessing in disguise if the 1st gen is actually much more buggy, faulty, and pricey).
Anniina Anniina 9 years
I try to. So far I'm good
HeidiMD HeidiMD 9 years
I like to spend a little more if it means I'm getting the best product. I tend to find that getting a higher-priced item fixed (like a Blackberry versus the "free" phone, for example) is a lot easier as well!
neko neko 9 years
There will always be a newer, bigger, brighter version of every gadget. As such, I don't really view any piece of technology I buy as a long-term investment besides the warranty year(s). If something significantly better comes along and I want it, I'll usually buy it. I put more thought and time into choosing pieces of art or furniture because I plan to keep those for years and years.
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 9 years
When it comes to gadgets, I have one philosophy: if I'm going to spend a lot of money I might as well go all out and get the very best.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 9 years
I chose "Something else". I tend to "future-proof" on certain things that I know will last me awhile such as computers (just picked up the new MacBook this week because my old battle-ax Powerbook was going screwy after weathering too many wars! OTOH the iBook is still going strong!) Phones I've not had much luck with, so I tend to go by the rule that every few years I'll have to upgrade as the technology changes or in my case they go haywire. (Although I'm hoping my new 3G will last a bit longer!) TV's tend to last us, whether we go cheap or not, but DVD's and such, I go for cheap as the technology changes so fast and they come down in price so quickly.
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