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15 September 2014 @ 11:10 am
I've been cheap most of my life.* This has been important because I've also like to get many things, many instruments, many toys, many computers, many games and I don't regret my experiences. Some of them, like DDR turned out to be an important part of my life history.

Sometimes I wonder about when it has been a bad thing. For example a small handful of my cheap instruments have been "too cheap" and did not live up to their job. But I consider my instruments, on average a win, especially since I've been able to sell many of them for a profit.

So part of why I'm thinking about this is that I have a purchase where I don't have a lot of choices on the spectrum. Usually the price and feature sets aren't quite this disparaging. I have a choice of something at a noticeable sum, which barely will do what I want. A choice at my entire monthly luxury budget that will mostly do what I want, but if I get serious about using it, it will definitely have issues. And one at 4 months of luxury budget that has all the features, is gorgeous and has a two month waiting period. To make matters worse, I suspect each level is hand made, so a company continuing to sell them is unknown. It's also impossible to get used ones, since that's usually how I get my cheap. Now, this is a complete luxury and usually the price of the high-end one is out of the question for a single toy purchase, but I'm trying to justify it some how, but I just can't. It's just too much money. But I almost feel like getting the mid-level one is a waste of money, since it's just short of what I would eventually want if things worked out. And I feel like the low-level one is so bad I don't want to even think of getting it.

I would love to some how "earn" the money for the expensive one so that I could justify it. But I'm just not there yet.

Underneath this all is my impatience. Want NOW NOW NOW! :p So this post is mostly aimless, but hey, it's my lj. I will say I'm happy to be in a financial situation where this can be my problem.

* I am not cheap when it comes to important things, like dental fillings. I also won't call my house "cheap." Though I also won't call it lavishly expensive either.
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kelkyag: birch eyeskelkyag on September 15th, 2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
Now I'm terribly curious as to what you're pondering getting.

But yeah, I hear you. Price/quality decisions generate a lot of angst for me at times.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on September 15th, 2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
The Visual/graphic/image poi.

Lowest end (40px, cycles through ~20 photos):

Middle (60px, about 21 images, but you can control in seconds how long each one is shown for):

High end (72-80px, large number of images, you can sync the images to music):

Edited at 2014-09-15 06:11 pm (UTC)
kelkyagkelkyag on September 16th, 2014 03:56 am (UTC)
Ooooh, very shiny indeed!

I think I would stall on trying to justify the high-end ones. And on whether the price comes down, which is not implausible for electronic toys.

... the guy in the buttondown in the last photo is oddly disconcerting to me. That's just not a style of dress I associate with that activity.