Hesitant to Buy Technology – Because What if Something Newer Comes Out?

photo of becca stewart and husband in front of the apple store in atlantic city**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

I had a two year stint working in Apple retail before I landed my first design job in Atlantic City. I loved being around all things tech (and getting great discounts was a huge perk). I found that the customers’ biggest hesitation to buy technology (either a computer, iPhone, ipad, etc) was “what if something newer comes out… this week, this month, this year, etc…?”

My response was always the same. “Well… of course something new was likely going to come out.” In retail, we were never privy to specifics of launch dates but inevitably, an innovative and successful company such as Apple was going to produce a new product. People would be hesitant to buy product because they either A: wanted the newest technology as soon as it came out, or B: wanted a discounted model that was newly considered an old model.

I always encouraged people to just jump in. If you have never purchased an iPhone or an Apple computer, and you want one, just do it. Buy the thing you are eventually going to spend the money on anyway and just do it right now. You will literally spend your life waiting around for the “next best thing,” while missing out on what is available right now. This is arguable advice, but hey, it has served me well for quite some time (in retail and in life I suppose).

becca stewart discusses technologyI was never hesitant to buy into technology, but I did get smart about when I upgraded.

I purchased my phone in the spring (this was probably 10 years ago at this point) but then about two years later I was ready for a faster, better, newer phone. I decided to wait until that fall when Apple typically did release new products. I am one of those people who likes staying up to date with technology so I always understood the hesitation to begin with. And let’s face it, I do not have a landline and I could not run my business without my phone.

I jumped right in when I knew I wanted to switch to an iPhone and then set myself up for years to come with upgrading at a time that made sense. My husband is always on the opposite year, so someone in this house always has the newest gadget.

click to sell your iphone on gazelleWhen I upgrade, I never retain my old phone. I always sell it on Gazelle. I get a good amount of money for it (about $160 this year from my iPhone 7) which goes directly toward the purchase of a new phone. This makes the cost of a brand new iphone much more affordable. Gazelle makes the process so easy by sending me a postage paid box, and I love that it repurposes my iPhone for someone else (certified pre-owned).

If I were to wait much longer passed the release of new products to sell my current model on Gazelle.com, the payout price decreases. So for me, it’s worth it to sell my phone exactly on the 2 year mark this fall to max out my return from Gazelle. They are a great company to partner with to keep things a bit more affordable and sustainable.

Don’t waste time waiting for the next best thing. If you want things in life go get them.

And if you want to upgrade your devices, consider selling the old ones right here.

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