I love gadgets. I’ve always loved them. I don’t discriminate, either. Small gadgets, large gadgets, technological gadgets, non-technological ones. I love them all.
Given enough resources, I’d probably own every gadget in existence. For a while, I was heading in that directions. Fidget toys, USB dongles, tiny computers, Swiss army knives… I got them all.
And then I realised I do have constraints. Financial limits, storage space limits and even time limits. So getting more gadgets stopped providing more value for me.
When I look at a gadget now, I start thinking. Do I need it? Will it serve me? Do I have where to put it? Will I actually have the time to use it? Does it even work?
I find in most cases, this stops me from making an emotional buy. I still buy gadgets. But now, I am a lot more picky. I really don’t need another spinning fidget. I won’t have time to program that new micro-computer.
What gadgets have you regretted buying? Which ones are you glad you bought, or didn’t buy?