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August 18th, 2005

Bad Deals

I’m a fan of good deals but it nearly goes without saying that I’ve had a couple of bad deals in my lifetime. There are two that stand out pretty significantly.

  1. I bought our car at sticker price. I know. I know. This was in the day when the car I wanted (PT Cruiser) wasn’t available at anything but sticker, and sticker price was actually considered a good deal on them. Now? Not so much. I have a feeling this is the last new car we’ll buy. Sticker price is, of course, inflated quite a bit. The good news is that the car’s value hasn’t depreciated as rapidly as expected.
  2. We bought a DVD player right before prices really fell. It was bad timing, but I was jonesing for a DVD player as visions of owning many great films danced in my head. So we bought one. Progressive scan, even, and it was $150. Now that same unit goes for about half price and a decent DVD player can be had for a third of that. The kicker is that we really don’t watch many movies, and haven’t bought DVDs in probably a year.

What of you?

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday August 18, 2005 -- 9:41:51 am
Don't feel bad -- I bought our first DVD player (which doesn't even play DVD-R/+R/etc. formats) for $240 in 1999. I got our much nicer progressive scan model a year or two ago for $99.

FROM: Stuart Wyss [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday August 18, 2005 -- 10:08:41 am
I bought a DVD player in 2000. It was a SAMPO model. I especially bought it because it was multi-region. It can play any region, and decode PAL to NTSC and vice versa. It also eliminates macrovision. Additionally it plays SVCD, miniDVD, CD, and of course DVD-R. The cost has dropped about 100 bucks on the model, but I'm pretty happy with the investment. I'm more scared about the price of computers dropping. I bourght this laptop (Dell Latitude 333mhz Pentium II) used on Ebay for $300 about 3 years ago. Now, DELL is advertizing new laptops that are far far far better than this one for about $400.
Can't win with electronics, ever!

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