Monday, August 18th, 2014
Have you ever bought a new piece of technology, unwrapped it with unrestrained glee, and then started using it happily… only to feel vaguely dissatisfied with it a week or two later?
Most of us have – it’s part of the human condition in the digital age. But, by understanding why we end up disappointed with new gadgets and tools, we can make smarter decisions and avoid that feeling altogether. Here are five reasons you’re let down by electronics you bought:
1. You paid too much. This can be a problem with any major purchase, but especially a piece of technology. Generally speaking, unless you really have to have something, avoid buying it during the first six months it’s available. After that, the price may come down drastically (and any known bugs will be fixed).
2. You didn’t read the reviews. Unfortunately, not every new gadget lives up to its marketing hype. By waiting even a few days to buy something, you can check through reviews from other consumers (not paid advertisers) to make sure it works the way it’s supposed to.
3. You didn’t take the time to learn how to use it. What you’ll get from most pieces of technology is directly related to what you’re willing to put into them. In other words, you can’t complain that something “doesn’t work” if you don’t make an effort to learn how to use it properly.
4. You expected too much. They haven’t invented a piece of technology yet that’s going to solve all of your problems. Buy each device with a specific task or two in mind and you’ll likely feel like you got a good value.
5. Something better came along. What can I say? That’s just the way it goes with technology. No matter what you buy, something better, faster, and cheaper is probably going to come along sooner or later.
I can’t stop you from ever being disappointed by technology again, but follow these five tips and you should experience buyer’s remorse a lot less often.
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