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Tempted by a new gadget? Keep the golden rule in mind before buying

By Chris Velazco

13 Mar 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

How often to you replace your phone or laptop? The Washington Post argues that we shouldn't give companies the satisfaction of buying their products yearly.

If there's just one question I've heard the most over the years, it is: "I've had [insert gadget name here] for [usually not a long time] - should I get the new one?"

Oftentimes, that question is born of honest curiosity - someone really wants to know if the promises a company has made about some new product are worth buying into. Other people, however, have already made up their minds about buying something new and are just looking for someone to validate their choices.

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