Are You Wary of Tech that's Too Good to be True?

Are You Wary of Tech that's Too Good to be True?

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Taryn Williford
Jul 9, 2010

You've heard the saying: If it's too good to be true, then it probably is. But nothing can be more revolutionary than new technology. And with so many new ideas emerging every day, it's not unusual to score a great deal. So why are we still wary of water-resistant power strips and deals like "free smart phone when you try on jeans"? (It's real and it's happening this summer.)

Wet Circuits has produced a water-resistant power strip that was designed to prevent electric shocks and eliminate electrical fires from overheated cords—and it's only $35!

Of course, when it was blogged about at Switched, the idea met with some resistance:

I can understand that the power strip may have resisted the water, but the lamp and fixture would have definitely shorted for both power strips.

We're not sure if the idea holds water (pun!), but we can admit we were equally weary of this smart phone deal that found it's way to our Google Reader this morning: Try on a pair of American Eagle jeans between July 21 and August 3 and you'll be given a coupon code for a free smart phone.

Sure, you have to sign up or renew a 2-year contract to take advantage, but it would still be way to good of a deal to offer to anyone with legs—seeing as you don't need to actually even buy the jeans to take home a phone.

And we're talking about the big boys here; your options for the free phone includes the usually pricey HTC Aria, Blackberry Bold and Droid Eris. (Even the Blackberry Bold is still $199 with a new contract through AT&T!)

So what gives? Are you guys as skeptical of water resistant power strips and free smart phones as we are? Have you come across some gadgets and deals that were too good to be true and let you down? Let us know in the comments!

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