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The world is full of gadgets. I have plenty in my house, and I’m sure you have plenty in yours. They come in all shapes and sizes: some connect to the Internet, some broadcast radio or television signals, many make our lives easier. Or at least they’re meant to make our lives easier. The truth is some gadgets turn out to be duds.

Whether they’re more trouble than they’re worth right from the day of purchase, break quickly and are unrepairable, are superseded in record time, or just aren’t as great as the commercials and reviews led you to believe they were. Some gadgets just don’t work out….which is where regret takes over.

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, What Gadget Do You Most Regret Buying? For the purposes of this discussion, “gadget” is a catch-all for every piece of technology hardware you can think of. This includes laptops, tablets, smartphones, television sets, microwave ovens, watches, etc. I’m sure you get the picture…

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We want you to cast your mind back and think about all those purchases of consumer technology you have made over the years. And then to come back here and tell us which fills you with the most regret. Is there one piece of hardware you wish you just hadn’t bothered with? Which you now realize that the money spent on it could have been put to much better use?


Tell us the reasons for this regret. Was it too expensive? Was it completely unnecessary and devoid of purpose? Did the technology you buy into get beaten into submission by a rival (I’m thinking VHS vs. Betamax, Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD Blu-Ray Technology History and The DVD [Technology Explained] Blu-Ray Technology History and The DVD [Technology Explained] Read More )?

We want to hear your story of woe. Consider it a public service, as your pain may prevent someone else making a similar mistake in the future. We may even get a laugh out of your unfortunate journey into the world of consumer electronics Thou Shalt Consume: The Story of Consumer Electronics [Feature] Thou Shalt Consume: The Story of Consumer Electronics [Feature] Every year, exhibitions around the world present new high tech devices; expensive toys that come with many promises. They aim to make our lives easier, more fun, super connected, and of course they are status... Read More .

Drawing Conclusions

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