Cheap Crap

I am the type of person who enjoys things that last a long time. You would think that everyone would be, but you would be wrong. Here is a brief list of some things I enjoy primarily when they are long lasting.

Chemical highs
*Addicts are essentially people obsessed with trying to make fleeting things last a lot longer.
Pay checks
Clean dog
Toilet paper
Light bulbs
Camp fires
Dog treats
Hippie style
Thrifted furniture
Every season except winter
Intimate conversations

Last, but not least, I enjoy it when electronics last a long time. Sadly, I’ve come to realize recently that the “cheap crap” marketing ploy is built into every affordable, tiny gadget now. I am gaining a new understanding of why people get all “retro obsessed,” and only use appliances produced prior to 1960. Because they actually work.

We live in an era when the most advanced technology ever is available to consumers in easily absorbed form, and it’s driving us to the poor house because it’s shoddy. Now when you buy a cell phone or a digital camera, you enter into the relationship already knowing that this piece of equipment has a life expectancy of two years tops. Only five or so years ago, you could buy gadgets that would last several years. Why is the quality of technology declining as we become more advanced? Is it because the mere connotation of quality implies a small run of something? And now that everything is so widely available, it has cheapened due to various bottom lines?

“Well, the only problem with this prototype is that all internal functions will cease to perform within 24 months.”

“That’s okay. That means they’ll buy the new model then.”

Maybe it’s the conspiracy theorist in me, but I tend to think it’s logical. Everything is manufactured to break within a given time frame. So you spend more money when you really shouldn’t have needed to.

I just got a  new digital camera that I had to buy because my old one broke. The new turquoise Samsung is sleek, thin, glamorous, and beautiful. She has a freaking huge screen, man. I mean, where has she been all my life?

That Kodak Z700 — it was so clunky, and the zoom was for shit. And that was before it had the problem with the battery compartment that I read on the internet is the most common symptom of its demise. Kodak’s freaking Socialist software is for old people who don’t know what drive they’re saving to or why. But “Beach,” as I”m calling her, is amazing and has granted my every techno-defficient desire. Even her user’s manual is so “green” that it’s completely digital. No book included.

I think we’re going to have a very long connection, Beach and I. I would say, best guess, at least for the next year or so. Then I might be forced to explore other options.



  1. Seon said,

    January 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Glad you liked the Samsung. I also recently bought one but my model SL620 has 12 megapixels and 5X optical zoom. It takes amazing pictures hence the reason I started my photoblog. I paid $129 at BestBuy!

  2. Jessica said,

    January 22, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Cute! Love her color!

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