Paying More for Less – The Problem With New Technology

It’s funny; nothing my family owns technology wise could be considered “new” by any stretch of the word. I use an iPhone 6S with 64gb of storage as my smartphone – and my main desktop build is quite “dated” too. My home server is similarly dated, as is my Surface Pro 2 and my new Macbook Pro – all of these computers were designed and built around 2012. Yet the funny part is, there’s nothing that newer computers can do that these old ones can’t – besides gaming, which I could fix with a new GPU for my tower.

Same goes for my cameras – my newest one is my Canon 70D, and again, there’s very little it can’t do compared to newer cameras (in fact, the only new camera that even remotely piques my interest is the 5DSR, because I prefer the 35mm format compared to the crop format and 50 megapickels) – truth be told, the cameras I grab for by default are my film EOS 620s and my Minolta XG2.

Yet, at least for my computers and my phone, there are things these older pieces of tech can do that their replacements can’t: my iPhone has a real physical home button, and a headphone jack. My MBP from 2012 has real USB ports, plus an HDMI port and an SD card slot without carrying any dongles at all.

Even the same goes for cars; while the new F80 3-Series might have better specifications on paper, and they might do more things, literally no one cares or uses the new features. Instead, we wound up with cars that do, in effect, less on what they need to do; they sound awful, are bloated to the point that the track star Mustang, the GT350, weighs no less than two tons, and are maintenance nightmares. My E92 can’t do anything meaningful that my E46 can already do; of course, for a full apples to apples comparison I’d need a facelifted E46 325ci with a stick.

I feel that, perhaps, this is all related. The same people paying more for a computer or phone that does less are the same people paying for jacked up clown cars that cost more and do less. I suppose this can be a testament to the skills of the salesman who can sell people things they realistically won’t use.

So, my point is this: why do we, as a society, pay for more but get less out of what we buy?

To answer that question, I’d be super happy if you can fill out this survey. I want to hear from you as to why you’ve upgraded your x/y/z, if you did – if you’re like me and holding on to old stuff, why are you still using it?

This is informal, granted – but it can be informative.

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