So does that mean you’ll be able to scoop up a used, first-generation iPad on the cheap?
Perhaps you’ve heard of the iPad? The device that’s certainly fun, but arguably a fairly useless time suck? Well, in addition to this “it” gizmo, by one count there are more than 100 other tablets in the works or currently being sold by 64 different manufacturers. That’s a lot of tablets.
“These people are not into status, they are not into designer brands.”
“A salad spinner would have been a better investment, and I don’t even eat that much salad.”
“This plan seems more like a way for a retailer to add a higher-profit item to a low-margin sale than a great way for consumers to get a break on new gear. And it will make even less sense after Saturday when the program is no longer free.”
Upgrades are necessary. Gadgets must be replaced regularly. Modern-day consumers are programmed to accept these as golden rules that must be followed—not because gadgets break down or completely stop functioning, but because to not upgrade is to fall behind, to tempt failure, to be uncool and out of it. But why do we accept these …
Here’s a roundup of resources for the best deals, along with some perspective, related to the monster shopping day that is Black Friday.
“The bizarre obsession with moderately priced vanity gadgets is part of a living-standard masquerade at the twilight of middle-class prosperity. It doesn’t matter if the electronic bling works well or lasts long. Its value is not utility — it is the ability to feign class equality in a country of crushing stratification and rising poverty.”
Today’s electronics are cheap to buy, relatively speaking. But they break quickly. They’re expensive if not impossible to fix. Even when they don’t break, they seem outdated soon after they’re out of that annoying, clamshell, sealed-tight packaging. The result is that consumers often feel like they need a new laptop, TV, or digital …
The Great Recession has made consumers reconsider purchases that were once made without much thought. Perhaps, the new thinking goes, you don’t need a new wardrobe every season or a new refrigerator every two years. Perhaps you should only make these sorts of purchases when they are truly necessary. But, speaking of necessities, don’t …