How Soon is Too Soon To Buy Up the Next Big Gadget?

How Soon is Too Soon To Buy Up the Next Big Gadget?

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Taryn Williford
Sep 28, 2009

You know the feeling of gadget envy. When you finally get the cash together to buy the flat-screened TV that your home theater has been waiting for, just in time to have the next big thing come out to the market and render your precious baby old news.

If you've got the cash flow, it's hard to resist the urge to buy up to the next, newer, cooler model. 'Upgrade-itis' is spreading and it's hard not to be caught in the shuffle (Did somebody say shuffle? I love mine for the gym, but I'm thinking I need to buy the new tiny buttonless one—so cool!)

Even though I've had the same Mac Powerbook for 6 years, part of me wants to clean out my savings and drop it on a new MacBook Pro. It's not that I need a new one (mine works just fine for me) or even that the new models look newer (up until the latest MacBook Pro with black around the screen, my Powerbook was identical)... it's just that I'm catching upgrade-itis.

Now, I'm fighting the tempation to drop $299 on the new Samsung DualView camera. I just bought a digital camera a few months ago that looks great and works fine, but isn't that front-facing screen just so darn cool?

Do you have upgrade-itis? Is there a gadget out there that you really really want, even though you've already got a perfectly good (but OLD) working model at home? Let us know in the comments!

(Image: Flickr user sachman75 under license from Creative Commons.)

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