Stuff I wish I’d never bought

Ian W spotted this article written by Roger Cicala for a lens rental website which challenges all of us who love new toys to think more carefully about what we buy:

“This is about lessons I’ve learned buying bad stuff, buying overhyped stuff, and buying stuff I didn’t really want. My definition of “bad” is stuff that just doesn’t do what I expected it to do. Either it’s not up to the task, it doesn’t hold up well enough to use for the task, or, in a few cases there really is no task for it to do”

He cites six lessons for a more sensible existence:

  1. Lesson 1: Just Because It Does Something Cool, Doesn’t Mean It Does Something Useful.
  2. Lesson 2: Don’t Buy First Generation Technology
  3. Lesson 3: Don’t Be an Early Adopter
  4. Lesson 4: You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear
  5. Lesson 5: The Non Upgrade
  6. Lesson 6: The Specialty Tool for the General Photographer

It’s well worth a read.


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