A friend emailed me today to ask me what she should buy? Should she wait for the price of the iPad to come down or buy a Kindle?
Now, knowing that most ( and she) knows that a Kindle is not an iPad, but an iPad CAN be a Kindle, and as a long time iPad owner, I say get the best deal you can when you are ready, and buy the damned iPad.
People ask me this stuff all the time. It is like they want me to validate their own phobias about spending money. You are asking the wrong guy. I believe that people innately KNOW what they want, but for some bullshit reason, won’t allow themselves the freedom to buy the thing they covet. An iPad is not a NEED thing. It is a WANT thing. No one NEEDS an iPad. You need food, shelter, transportation, but you can live totally happily without an iPad. So, when the time comes to lay down your cash or charge it whatever, haggling with yourself over $200 seems silly to me. We piss through $200 now like nothing. It is one weeks worth of food for a family. When you are down in this price range, I say, you OWE it too yourself to get what you want when you want it IF you have the means and it is not going to impact your life or the lives of people who depend on you. I know it is popular to say money and possessions do not buy happiness. People who have never been happy when they bought something they wanted don’t exist. Everyone has bought something at some point that actually changed their mood, made them happier. If you can do it, do it.
The next thing I get asked about all the time are laptops. Ugh.
Buy a macbook, whichever you can afford. The cheapest Macbook is better than 99% of the PC laptops out there. Most of the PC laptops are junk with a 2 years life span TOPS. I typically will replace my laptop once every year or so by selling my current macbook and buying another. I had posted last year that I calculated my cost to own a macbook at $14 per month. It might not have been 100% accurate, but ballpark, I lose about $150-200 on my Macbooks. When I sell them, they are in perfect condition, I upgrade to the next model, max the Ram out and use it. This year is the first year I have not done that, and that is primarily due to my layoff this summer. So, if you are looking for a laptop, and want the best experience you can have IMHO, get a low end Macbook. The $300-500 PC’s are ok, but they are very much disposable.
The bottom line is, if you can get what you want, DO get what you want. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us.