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Do You Get Refresh Rage?

We've discussed Update Envy — the condition in which you experience great jealousy when a friend gets an updated version of a gadget you have, like if a friend got the iPhone 3G before you, and you were left with your sad old first generation iPhone.

But do you ever experience Refresh Rage? This is when a tech company (I'm looking at you, Apple) refreshes a product you've just bought, and your purchase is so recent that you wouldn't dream of replacing it, but it ticks you off that there's already a new version. Yes, I'm referring to the rumor that Apple might be coming out with a 32 GB iPhone 3G sometime soon.

While it's altogether silly to be mad - your gadget is by no means obsolete, it's just not the newest version of it - I totally admit that I will be beyond irritated if the 32 GB iPhone premieres and my shiny, still new-to-me phone is not the hottest newest gadget on the street. Petty? Yes. Understandable? I think so. Tell me you don't get annoyed if you buy a new product, just for the company to come out with a bigger and better product the next day!


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CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I wait and wait and wait until a gadget does just what I want before I buy one, but I do get a little peeved when it goes on sale or price drops within a month or so of buying it.
emomie emomie 8 years
I bought a first generation iphone a month before they released the (cheaper) 3G. I could have returned my phone to the AT&T store and just paid a restocking fee but I missed the cut off by just a few days. Needless to say I was filled with much rage.
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 8 years
I definitely do. :| Been burned a ton of times. But it's more of a newest product envy and ticked that a newer version just came out AFTER I bought than anything else. Now I research and research so I can be sure if/when the next, newest version is due out.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
i don't care as long as the other version still works. i did get annoyed with able over the ipod though. i was digging that video for everyone thing but had no plans to buy a new one. plus i thought that little square was ugly. now they have seen the error of their ways and gone back to the longer version and i wonder how many people are pissed!!! haha. now that i have an iphone i have no reason to update. i can watch videos on there. but i didn't buy the 16gb iphone so i could care less about a 32.
katydid katydid 8 years
I don't know about the Apple store taking trades, but we have the Mac Store in Seattle which does. It did however, give me store credit for $107.00 so I had to pay the remainder. I didn't have the earbuds, just the usb & unit.
rachelspark rachelspark 8 years
it's always the case though. the minute you take your gadget out of the store it's basically obsolete.
Pez4Pres Pez4Pres 8 years
I'm kind of mad at apple right now. I fianlly broke down and bought an ipod nano, and of course after it's too late to return it, Apple announces the new nano. Ugh! I guess I should have known better.
pinkmystic pinkmystic 8 years
I feel that way about the ipod nanos. I just brought a square nano this summer and this month there's a new cheaper version :-P
katydid katydid 8 years
I just got a 8GB 1st Gen. for my birthday last February & I had to trade it in for the 16GB 2nd Gen. I love the new features that 2nd Gen. has. My husband was perfectly fine with the trade, because when I got my 8GB, I gave him my 30GB Video Ipod. He was very happy with that!
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
Aww I'd be kinda sad/mad if they come out with a 32GB. Apple is such a liar.
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
This always happens to me. But I deal with it as too much of a good thing can get overwhelming.
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
I was bummed that 1 year after I stood in a very hot line for an 8g iphone for $499 and the 3g was already out 1 year later...I'm still not ready to upgrade.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I'm on the bleeding edge of technology so it is rare that I get burned (I have the newest thing immediately and I suffer through the kinks). While I was hoping for the 32GB iPhone if it came out tomorrow I would still be OK with my 16GB.
tlight tlight 8 years
Sadly, I am not often on the cutting edge of things due to budgetary restraints. I tend to suss out the best version for the money I have, and then I love it until it breaks down. That being said, I recently lost my Sony Ericson 810 to the sewer mutants, a week AFTER they discontinued the model. After frantic searching all over the city for a replacement, I was forced to purchase a lower model. (I live on my cell, so not having one for even a few days was not an option). About a week later, I got the announcement for SOny that they were releasing the new, bigger and badder version of my beloved phone. And yes.. I did get angry for a minute!
Jyramiah Jyramiah 8 years
I do sometimes. But I didn't with my Ipod. It was one of the big old heavy ones. Ipod photo 20gb, I think. And Apple keeps coming out with newones everyday. But I don't care. I love my Frank. He's the only Ipod I need. But if you take video game consoles for example, I wait for six months or so until they work the kinks out and then buy them. They're usually cheaper by then anyway. Shrug.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
I won't be mad if they come out with a 32GB iPhone because I don't think I would use all that storage.
kaenai kaenai 8 years
I actually heard the opposite - that a 32 GB would /not/ be coming out. Hm. But I don't get too mad. I know that's the price you pay for early adoption, and I know that when it comes to technology, when you're on top of the latest thing, the next thing is already half-completed. Basically, when you're on time, you're already 6 months too late. :D
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