Gadget Shopping: Is Expensive Really Better?

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In today’s age, technology is taking over the world by storm, and the main thing that almost all people have are consumer electronics, or to be more specific, gadgets. Most of us will have owned - or currently owns - a gadget. This is understandable because they provide our lives with entertainment and efficiency that can’t be found anywhere else. But, along with these benefits, they also cost a lot of our hard-earned money. Especially when we buy gadgets that come from leading electronics companies! Now, this begs the question, is expensive really better?

The answer is no, because most of the time, buying expensive gadgets is brought about by shallow reasons that are stupid - to the point of nonsensical. Here are some reasons why expensive gadgets aren’t always better:

#1. Unique Features

For most gadget companies, the number one feature that they could include in their new products are those that others don’t offer. These features can be called unique because they’re innovative - to say the least. Which is why numerous people clamor and rush to own the gadgets that have this unique feature. For example, you buy a phone that has a swivel camera (you can twist the area where the camera is located in to use the originally back camera as the front camera) because it’s unique and innovative. But, have you ever thought that buying a phone that has both front and back cameras and is considerably cheaper the right way to go? Obviously, if you buy the phone with the swivel camera, you’ll have a unique feature that can’t be found in other phones, but that’s the only difference.

You will be spending a lot more money to buy this gadget that has a unique feature, but you can also buy a cheaper one that offers the same thing just in a different way. When looking at these unique features, you need to be smart because if you buy them impulsively, you’ll just be wasting money.

#2. It Gets Old

The gadget industry is a fast-paced market wherein companies that can’t keep up with the trend will definitely lose customers in the long run. That’s why almost all of them like to bring out new products in an annual basis. So, if you buy the brand new phone that a leading company put out, and after a year they put out an improved version of it, you’ll definitely want the newer version.

The trick here is knowledge and discipline. First, you have to know what feature your desired gadget should have. Second, you look for the right one, and have enough discipline to control yourself to stick with it whenever a newer version comes out. If you’re fueled by peer pressure to own the latest gadget, then you’re just wasting your hard-earned money! Technology will always advance, and gadgets get newer version every now and then. When you buy a brand new gadget, learn to stick with it, and only buy a new one when you so desperately need it.

#3. Boring

If you know about the theory of “diminishing material utility”, you’ll probably know what we’re talking about. To put it in simpler terms, diminishing material utility, is when people’s satisfaction in using certain objects decreases with continuous use over time.

A great example of this theory is the smart phones that has taken over the world. People who continuously use their smartphones eventually get bored and a need for a new phone will arise inside them. This is especially the case whenever a newer version of the smartphone comes out. So, why would you spend excessive amounts of money to buy something that you’ll eventually get bored with?


The more expensive an item is, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better. Inversely, the cheaper the item, doesn’t mean that it is lesser in functionality. The best thing to know when buying a new gadget is if you want to buy it out of necessity or for just the sake of succumbing to peer pressure or other shallow reasons. You have to be smart when buying a gadget because it costs a considerable amount of money!

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only.*

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