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So wired did a story on ppl having "Buyers Remorse" that products they though would last them years are only being replaced after a few months - is this fair to the consumer. I know we always want the newest most best product but some times I think the manufactures jump the guns to put a product out there only to come out with a upgrade product a few months later. Its almost like there needs to be a technology etiquette. I know microsoft tends to come out with a new OS like every 3 years or so, I think that is fair. I know that office 2007 seams like it just came out but now office 2010 is just around the corner, heck I'm still learning the ins and outs of 2007 version. I don't plan to make that upgrade any time soon.

So what I find very relevant about this story wired did is it list the top 5 gadgets. Who hit the number one spot - none other then the Apple iphone. I then point to the current shout box:

James Clerk: I hate AT&T. Stupid. mean, bad people... I want a new iPhone! *whines*
James Clerk: Let me 'splain. It would cost me $150 to break my contract early. No upgrades for James. I'm poor. Can't afford $350. *am sad*

Yep that is the number one complaint - customers who just got the last iphone are now stuck with it unless they are willing to cough up serious money to get the new one.

Wired listed the top 5 as:

  • iPhone 3G and 3GS
  • Kindle 2 and DX
  • Analog TV and Digital TV
  • Personal GPS and Every Cellphone
  • Megapixels and More Megapixels

Buyer's Remorse: 5 Gadgets We Should Never Have Bought

Buyer's remorse. It's been around forever and is especially rife in the gadget world, where every year there is a smaller, faster or cuter version of every device you own. But where a products life used to be measured in years, now it can be just months. In the cellphone market, this is particularly dangerous: You sign up for a 24 month relationship with a single gadget, but even as you pen your name on the line you know youl'l be tempted to cheat in less than a year.

Now, right or wrong, buyers are fighting back and trying to force manufacturers to give them cheap upgrades. Sometimes they have a case, but most of the time they're just whining.

So what product has gotten you in the past or currently with Buyers Remorse? Do you feel like your throwing your money away to upgrade?

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Re: Buyers Remorse

Ok for me I had/have a we bit of aggravation that I had just built my beast of a computer and I had the brand new out intel quad core when it seams like less then 6 months later out comes the i7. OMG I want the i7 but do I want to pay the price to upgrade? The processor itself is not that bad but the fact that I will have to upgrade other parts too (forced to) like the motherboard and all it adds up. For me to upgrade to the i7 I would be easily looking at around 1k Don't get me wrong I love my quad core and I actually have it overclocked so it does rock but I would love the i7. Yeah I can afford it but mentally I'm just not ready to cough it up *yet*

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James Clerk: I hate AT&T. Stupid. mean, bad people... I want a new iPhone! *whines*
James Clerk: Let me 'splain. It would cost me $150 to break my contract early. No upgrades for James. I'm poor. Can't afford $350. *am sad*

Wired listed the top 5 as:

  • iPhone 3G and 3GS

Heeey, that's meeeee! Yeah, apparently I can't upgrade my phone for another year and it would cost $150 to break my current contract and get THE EXACT SAME THING on the new phone. Please, where is the sense in that? Anyone??? Yes, I now regret getting my 3G 6 months ago.

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Yeah its not fair at all. Here is one thing you can do that works - I 've done this a few times (I manage our office cell phones which is 26 phones). Is anyone else on your plan with you - like mom or dad? If so see if they could upgrade their phone. If they can then get them to upgrade to the new phone then once they get it simply call the carrier and tell them that you need to do a phone swap. Tell them that you need to place your new iphone on your number and then if you swapped say moms then put her phone number to your old iphone or back to her phone. Now that will lock her in from upgrading but it gets you your new phone and chances are you can talk mom into it with a fairly new iphone that is only 6 months old. My blackberry is on a commercial account and that is how I upgraded mine. Just something to think about.

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Nooooope. Parents still live in the stone age and use some cheap pay as you go phone... Alas. Thanks for the thought though! Maybe someone can use this.

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Re: Buyers Remorse

I think we've all had Buyer's Remorse. I've had it with stereo equipment, power tools, sump pumps, automobiles, clothing, phones (cell & landline), phone plans, houses, food, computers, cameras, etc.
I finally made up my mind to try and be satisfied with what I have, until it wears out. One has to make up one's mind at a point in time, based upon the best info available at that time. Good Luck
Nat King Cole said: As a rule, Man's a fool. When it's hot, he wants it cool. When it's cool, he wants it hot. Always wanting what is not.
And as I've said: The only guy who hasn't made the same mistake once is a bachelor. Doh!

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I agree I love my computer and I can't see coughing up 1k to upgrade it when its purrrrrs like a kitten on speed now. Maybe down the road when either something breaks, wears out or the next latest greatest thing comes out. My problem is I took the i7 on a test drive and it is sweet.

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Ok wired did this story:

How to Avoid Paying the iPhone 3GS Upgrade Tax

personally I love the one comment at the end:

Posted by: jamesx | 06/16/09 | 4:36 pm

OR. You could just relax and wait until your contract with ATT runs out and get the next iPhone. There aren't enough upgrades on this to justify a $200 "tax”. Come on. Take a bath and get a girl friend or something. Get a life.

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Hum.... So I could sell my current one for $250, and then just have to pay $100 for the new one.... Hmmmmmmmm

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Well, I believe you found the answer for me. I'm going to sell my iPhone 3G for $253 on that gazelle.com, then pay $150 to break my contract and $200 for the new phone. In the end, I'm paying $100 for a $200 phone, and while I would have liked to have gone about it in some other way (cheaper), this will work.

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