3.22.2012

My Gadget History & What I Paid For Them

This post will be dedicated to my love for gadgets. I basically gave up on trying to buy new gadgets because the next year or within the next few months, there's something "newer and better" that has come out that I "have to have" or they tend to break. I have never waited in a line that circled the block, never bought anything on or near the release date and I have never bought anything at full price, besides my first (and current) smartphone. I usually wait until all of the hype dies down and I wait until people get tired of theirs or move on to the next new gadget, and I end up with gadgets in like new condition.

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My Gadget History and How Much I Paid for Them!

iPod 1st Generation: Remember that huge bulky thing? It was so cool. I remember buying this on eBay after it was out for awhile. Needless to say, it stopped working after a year or so, and by then there was a new iPod out so that was over $100 down the drain.

iPod 2nd Gen: This was a hot pink one, and I got this one as a gift so I didn't pay for it!

Blackberry Pearl: This was the first phone that I purchased on my own but NOT at full price. I had T-Mobile at the time and I was working at a law firm in college. My BF had a black blackberry pearl and I wanted to match so I purchased the white one off of eBay for only $90. It had some scratches but that phone lasted me for years!

iPod Touch 1st Gen: Again, I bought this one off of eBay too and definitely not at full price. I believe it was for less than $100 and in like new condition. I couldn't even tell that it was used. I loved this thing, and used it for many years! I still have it today but I don't use it as much.

Macbook: My parents bought this laptop for me for my 21st birthday since my 4-year old Dell laptop was dying. Best gift ever! I still use it until this day and it has given me zero problems. Oh, also my friend Patty works for Apple and she let me use her employee discount that year since she did not need anything new (THANKS PATTY!) :)

iPad 1st Gen 16gb wi-fi: I got sucked into the marketing for this one and ended up ordering one online on the first day. I paid full price for the 16gb wi-fi. When I got it, I regretted it immediately and returned it.

HTC EVO 4G: I think this was the only gadget I bought at full price. I finally was ready to give in to the smartphone craze (I just got this in summer of 2010) so everyone had iPhones already. I was wanting an iphone but with Sprint's unlimited data plan, I decided to get it. I love my phone! Kinda bulky but worth the $199 I paid for it. I plan to use this until it breaks. Btw, it did break within the first few months but I went to a Sprint store and they traded it for a new one since I had just bought it.

PS3 1st Gen 80gb: The BF and I bought a PS3 off of Craigslist from the sweetest teenage boy. He put stickers all over it, but it worked perfectly. We paid $240 for the PS3 plus a myriad of games (14 games), 2 controllers, and a guitar for guitar hero. Everything was probably worth over $500. However, the PS3 burned out just last weekend, and BF paid $137 for a new PS3 160gb Slim (if we trade our broken one in) and also persuaded the manager through customer service to give us a $60 credit through PSN. Worth it? Yes!

Samsung 51" Plasma HDTV: The BF and I bought this on Black Friday last year. We got it for the $500 price ONLINE and did not have to wait in line! We got really really lucky!

iPad 2nd Gen 16gb wi-fi & 3G: I actually got this just a few months ago for my birthday. I originally wanted to get a Kindle or Nook but my mom has an iPad and she would not let me get anything but the iPad. She even said she would pay for however much the difference was between a Kindle Fire and an iPad. So I scoured Craigslist and I got one in new condition - a white 16gb with wi-fi and 3G for $520. Definitely paid less than retail and my mom gave me half as my birthday gift.

So if you read through my whole list, I'm not as big of a gadget junkie as I thought I was. Also, I never buy electronics or gadgets for full price (besides my phone, which was worth it to me but let's not count that).

My tips for buying used or second-hand gadgets/electronics:
  • Scour Craigslist and eBay. Search all the time and use keywords.
  • The best times to buy are after Christmas. Well, for me at least. People are selling lots of like new items.
  • Do not get into a bidding war and end up paying more than you wanted. Set your max bid in your head and stick to your guns.
  • Bring someone with you if you are going to meet someone from Craigslist.
  • Ask lots and lots of questions such as when the item was purchased, how old it is, any scratches, anything wrong with the item, what does it come with, where did they buy it, do they accept returns or exchanges, are they willing to meet at an Apple store (or whatever store such as Sony/Best Buy) to do the exchange?
  • Once you get the item, make sure it works! If it doesn't request your money back. Make sure the listing does not say broken or parts for sale.
  • Sleep on it. Do not impulsively buy anything, especially second-hand or used. There will always be another good deal so don't fret.

Do any of you buy gadgets at full price? Or do you buy second-hand?

6 comments:

Tanner said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great advice! I definitely subscribe to the sleep-on-it philosophy. If anything costs over $50, I'll wait for a few days not only to make sure I REALLY want the item, but also researching it. Most of the time, I just forget about it or end up talking myself out of it, so it works out anyway. Ha!

Young Professional Finances said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am definitely a gadget-buyer. I love having all the new toys to play with but I'm trying to stop myself from doing that now. You definitely have good advice here - especially to stick with your max bid. I think that's really important and so hard for me to do when I really want something.

shopping2saving said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Young Professional Finances Oh trust me, it's happened to me lots of times which is how I've learned my lesson!

~Carla~ said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I bought my 32GB iPad (1st gen) used on kijiji. The guy had bought it 2 weeks prior, decided he didn't like it, so sold it to me for $400 even. He paid $679 + 13% tax just two weeks earlier... Crazy. Daughter bought the sad as me for $400 as well last year...

Hubby got a 2nd Gen iPad 2, 64GB for $600 even used on Kijiji as well! :) We saved a tonne!

Elizabeth said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Luckily I'm not a huge gadget person... I can't see myself using a smartphone or a iPad in the near future, and I am surprisingly immune to marketing campaigns :). I don't think I've ever bought anything at full price. I usually shop around for discounts and such.

Rafiki said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I tried my hand at ebay for the first time this year not long ago. Fell in to a bidding war like nothing. I lost though and could not have been happier, it was a lesson learnt and a mistake avoided. I was trying to get myself a smartphone as well at the time.

I ended up paying full price for mine from amazon, I still saved a tonne on it and I don't regret it what so ever. I love android even though iphone and blackberry is all the rave where I live.

I am going to take a lot of tips from your book when it comes to gadget shopping.

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