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Have You Ever Made an Emergency Gadget Purchase?

After a series of alarm-clock blunders led my friend to snatch up a pricey iPod/iPhone-compatible alarm clock in a hurry, she learned the hard way that a better alarm for half the price could have been hers. Of course, comparison shopping online is the best way to avoid buyer's remorse, but she needed it that moment to avoid any more tardy mornings at work.

Most major gadget purchases are made after some deliberation and planning, but sometimes the device you need most quits on you and you can't wait for the next release date or even rushed shipping. Have you ever made an emergency gizmo purchase?

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wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 7 years
Yep. Last weekend. My $400 monitor that I had for almost 2 and a half years went. :( Had to buy a new (not as expensive) one.
weffie weffie 7 years
My phone was hijacked by my mean ex (we were still on a family plan, and since he was the "father" of the family he had the authority to cut off my service) and I couldn't reach him to have it turned back on, so the nice people at the phone company advised me that he'd taken my name off the account so if I got a new number and new phone, he'd be on the hook for the balance of my contract. I ran all the way there and bought a new handset, like, 5 minutes later :D
steen steen 7 years
During our wedding weekend, my husband's point-and-shoot just died on us --- and we were leaving the day after our ceremony to go on a week-long honeymoon cruise! When we stopped in Grand Cayman, the first destination, we picked up an Olympus for $200. It actually turned out to be a really great camera, especially for the price, and we still use it!
sontaikle sontaikle 7 years
A cell phone. My EnV's screen broke, not letting me see who was calling me. The second screen worked, but opening up to the second screen would answer the call. Luckily I had insurance on the phone, so the second, identical phone, only cost me $50
pacenerd pacenerd 7 years
The motherboard of my laptop went bad (Don't get a HP Tx1000) right before finals so I went out and got a HP Mini thinking it would be temporary. I recently got my laptop fixed and now I have two perfectly working laptops.. wah wah.
cherrypie61 cherrypie61 7 years
My last cellphone. Just got it 3 weeks ago on a Monday morning. I lost mine the night before, in a girl´s night out and my boyfriend was going to call me next day. He was abroad so when I got up next morning and realized I had lost mine I hurried up to the mall to get me the first and cheapest one I saw and I had it ready by afternoon when he call me. Not very proud of it tough.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
when i went to london i forgot to buy a converter for my phone and camera so i ended up spending way to much for one.
caroline_1 caroline_1 7 years
yes, especially cell phone chargers.. and i bought a gps while on spring break haha
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