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Lowest cost, technically acceptable doens't always work

The lowest cost technically acceptable is the reality of consumer market electronics today. We, as consumers, do not want to pay more than we have to to get the things we would like. I know that many people look at the cost of a new cellular phone today and throw up their hands—1300 US dollars for the high-end models for many phones. If you want 5g, it is only available on the highest-end phones.

The cost of technology is always an issue. It is all about what we as human beings need. Need is a funny word, and honestly, except for in an emergency, we don’t need a cellular phone. But, then we have to consider, would we have had a situation where we would need a cellular phone, and suddenly we need one. GPS, camera, and applications also create situations that expand our needing phones.

It is funny, though; I remember the dawn of cellular phones. They were not a need. They were a luxury, and honestly, unlike many luxuries, they did not work well. But when you needed them, back then, and they worked, they were game-changers. The game they changed, in the end, was the work-life balance game. Have you ever played that game? You work from 8 in the morning until 5 pm. Then you go home, except with cell phones, the work world could still reach us wherever we were.

The difference sometimes between want and need is slim. I need a cellular phone for my wife, mother, sisters, extended family, and friends to get ahold of me. I use my phone all the time for work. But, in the past ten years, I have given up a little of my time, because I can always be available for work.

I wonder what the next innovation will do to my time?

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  • Question of

    Have you ever bought something that was cheaper and regretted it?

    • Yes
    • No
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    It is ok to pay a little more, if the quality is that much better, right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you ever find youself making a list of good and bad before buying something?

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. Exactly my thoughts. In India the cellular service started in 1997 and it was too costly for a common person but people started to use it. With the time its price has come to such a low level (especially in India) that you can keep it in FREE category. However, the mobile phone is a must but at the same time has turned one into a SLAVE.

  2. Q: HAVE YOU EVER BOUGHT SOMETHING THAT WAS CHEAPER AND REGRETTED IT?
    Yes (8 votes) – 80%
    No (2 votes) – 20%
    Q: IT IS OK TO PAY A LITTLE MORE, IF THE QUALITY IS THAT MUCH BETTER, RIGHT?
    Yes (11 votes) – 100%
    Q: DO YOU EVER FIND YOUSELF MAKING A LIST OF GOOD AND BAD BEFORE BUYING SOMETHING?
    Yes (10 votes) – 91%
    No (1 votes) – 9%

  3. It always depends on the product and what it is made for. I know sometimes when it comes to technical gadgets and things cheaper is not better. |When |I first came to Florida |I needed a hot plate and so I figured I would save some money and got one at Walgreens. |That lasted about a year and then I ordered one online that promised the low price would be worth it. ||That lasted less than a year. |Finally |I looked at many different hot plates and got myself on that had passed many tests. It cost more but now I am using it close on the two years and no problems what so ever I figure I’ll have it until it decides to retire.

  4. With us the saying goes, dear friend …. I’m not rich enough to buy cheap … I always look to buy cheap and good … depending on what I need … I’ve never had any money in cars and motorcycles

  5. My needs are few. I could still throw away my smart phone. I bought myself a phone at the lowest price but made sure it had all the features I wanted.
    I agree with you all things technology which is supposed to make life easier, takes us further from our families and loved ones – like the work life balance you speak about.

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