10 things not to buy in 2014

Dying technologies aren’t the only unnecessary drain on our wallets.

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Jan 18, 2014 5:17AM
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I don't know about anyone else, but I'm kind of fed up with the overload of 'new' technology that everyone's trying to force down our throats.     We already replaced our videos with DVDs, our vinyl with tapes....and then our tapes with CDs.    I'm happy with my CHEAP landline, thankyou....I've made it nearly 6 decades without a cell phone, and only reluctantly 'caved' & bought my first computer ( a laptop ) a few years ago.    I DON'T need, nor want the I-Pads, I-Pods, Twitter, Texters, Skype, Google Glass, or whatever the else .....Blackberries.......etc.     I liked my old fashioned printed newspapers & my paperback books.   I was perfectly okay.....with a handful of television channels and a simple antenna on the roof......BEFORE cable.    In fact ( and it took me MANY years to 'kick the habit' ) I finally completely cancelled ALL cable ( only basic 'service' anyway ) over 2 months ago.   Who needs 1500 channels?   I had trouble keeping up with 13 of them.    Every year they come up with this new crap......and it's intended to become obsolete.....within a year or two.....so that you'll just have to run out & replace it again.    My old big fat box TVs used to last 10 - 15 years....at least.    I'm still pluggin' along with my 20 year old VCR, and it's workin' just fine.   I don't want the DVRs & boxes & remotes, the satellite dishes, the Netflix & Hulu.......Up until a couple of years ago, I was happy with my lousy old disposable camera.   Now you can't even find a place to have your film ( they used to have this stuff called FILM...) developed.   Thank God they still make guns & bullets.    I MAY want to someday visit the folks at the local cable company one more time after all.
Jan 17, 2014 10:55AM
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My digital camera is still the go-to for holidays and vacations. The smartphone camera is nice for those unexpected, spur-of-the-moment situations but a real camera is still the better choice.
Jan 17, 2014 10:53AM
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My tablet compliments my desktop but doesn't replace it. Still WAY too much that the tablet can't do or the PC does better.
Jan 18, 2014 9:03AM
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This story was run a couple weeks ago.  We all blasted the idiot writer for saying having land lines, desk top computers, etc., was wasting money.    So it appears, msnbc merely deleted all the comments talking about the stupidity of the child who wrote the article, then reposted the same stupid article thinking they would get a different result.  But desk tops and land lines are still needed to run businesses, communicate in hurricane prone areas, operate programs that a little 'tablet toy' can't handle, etc.  So,

Sorry msnbc, your writers stupidity is STILL stupidity.

Jan 17, 2014 1:01PM
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I've got a couple of cell phones in my cars, for emergency use only !

 

Will definitely keep my home landline.

Jan 17, 2014 11:19AM
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I see that MSN took the time to delete all previous comments from this recycled "news" story.  
Jan 18, 2014 10:18AM
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a cellphone can never replace a dslr camera to those who want quality photos, unless the only photos you take are of you and your pals at the sports bar. A tablet cannot replace a desktop, this is a ridiculous. There are many applications that a tablet can't run or do the same as a pc. Unfortunately the "pocket tech" younger generation doesn't know the benefits of the larger technology.
Jan 18, 2014 12:49PM
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How would everyone cope without the use of anything electronic? What if ALL cell phone services were to crash, making cell phones useless (except for using them as alarm clocks and calendars)? I like getting greeting cards in the mail instead of by e-mail; Yes, I like my Netflix and HuluPlus but not all the movies or TV series programs I like to watch are available for streaming so I LIKE being able to watch DVDs. We were given a Blu-Ray player for Christmas so we "finally" had to break down and buy a Blu-Ray movie and to be honest, there's not much difference between DVD and Blu-Ray when you have a Hi-Def TV. the only difference I see with Blu-Ray is the extra features you get that DVD doesn't always get; I like having my landline telephone because of power failures and weak cell phone reception. It's nice to have something as reliable as a landline phone. Not every human being in the world has "converted" to the cell phone era (your grandparents or great-grandparents for example?); And lastly it's been proven recently that buying or shopping online is not as secure as credit card companies made it out to be 20 years ago. If anything, online shopping has made it easier for crooks to access your money and rob you blind or ruin your credit score! And personally, I think the whole idea of credit scores is cold, heartless and judgemental for anyone trying to make a better life for themselves! High school graduates don't get a break because they haven't had a chance to develope any credit. Adults who have recently gone through a break-up or nasty divorce and are trying to rebuild their credit after their ex-spouse ruined it don't get a fair chance either. Companies only look at the negative when it comes to credit reports. Overall, we have lost that human connection that is most vital to our survival because of all the new technology that is being force-fed to us on a daily basis just so our lives will be a little easier. If we don't slow down and enjoy life, it's going to pass us by and we'll just sit and wonder what happened to the human race and where did it all go?
Jan 18, 2014 10:11AM
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Built in navigation systems are NOT free…they are rather expensive.  If you can't see well at night, a small cell screen can be a challenge, even with voice…so I keep my cell's GPS (plan B) & the best acquisition I made years ago…my Garmin GPS :) bigger screen, names of streets, lifetime updated maps, etc.
Jan 17, 2014 7:56PM
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very helpful for knowing that cable will cost more


Jan 18, 2014 10:20AM
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my iPad replacing a mac laptop? I don't think so ..no usbs..  memory, graphics,  etc ..no comparison unless the next iPad model comes equipped...
Jan 18, 2014 2:22PM
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My laptop isn't going anywhere and I'll probably buy a new one when this one bites the dust.


Jan 17, 2014 12:04PM
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The US must do things differently, because here in the UK you need a landline.
Jan 18, 2014 2:29PM
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Regarding not wasting money on digital cameras - " Consumers who want high-quality photos are opting for the larger, DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras"  Hello?!!  What part of DIGITAL single-lens reflex is beyond your understanding.  I don't know why I bother clicking on these type pieces, anyhow - they always turn out to be someone's high-school project!
Jan 16, 2014 10:17PM
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#11  -  USPS stamps!!!  haha lol!
Jan 18, 2014 9:59AM
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I keep my land line because of my internet connection for my desktops & printers, even though I have laptop, air printer & all the other new gadgets…It's a Plan B, just in case my cell or my laptop get lost or stolen….
Jan 18, 2014 10:16AM
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Same old MSN BS.

Why don't they tell the truth for once list the some of the 10 things Americans will not to watch or use in 2014,

MSN,

CNN,

MSNBC,

MSN World,

MSN Money,

MSN Hotmail

MSN Messenger


Cable tv is here to stay, due the fact that you have to purchase internet in order to receive NETFLIX, or any other online media. So by the time you purchase 1 or 2 of the local packages all 4 are always a better buy.


High speed Internet is 60 a month alone when basic cable, internet, home phone and cell service can be locked in for 2 years for 140 a month.


Jan 18, 2014 3:53PM
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oh brother! Not this bovine-sourced fertilizer again!

As far as the laptop/tablet debate, I have noticed that the "latest and greatest" toys that vendors are pushing are "ultrabooks": lightweight, yet powerful laptops equipped with a touchscreen. These have both the functionality of a standard laptop PC AND a tablet device. So it seems to me that rather than tablets replacing PCs, laptop PCs are stealing the tablet's capabilities and adding to their own.

Jan 18, 2014 12:47PM
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I don't buy it.  The services you talk about can not offer the service I get.  I agree it costs more than I'd like it to, and I may have some things I rarely use if at all, but those services can't offer bundle packages putting my phone, cable and internet together in one package for a savings over having these services billed seperately.  Netflix, and satellite, and others can't do this.
Jan 21, 2014 12:09PM
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American Airlines only charges $15 extra for "extra legroom". How is that any cheaper than $100 - $200???
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