By Rob Beschizza at 7:58 am Wed, Aug 26, 2009
I love Anil Dash's website, "Last Year's Model," which reminds us that the best gadgets are most likely the ones we already have.
Last year’s model? Let’s go back in time to when things weren’t built like absolute crap. I have recently had geek friends give me a 10 year old TV set, a 15 year old stereo receiver and a 12 year old top-of-the-line DVD player.
They all work great, the build quality is higher than the junk they offer these days, and the cost (to me) was zero.
What a deal!
(My workshop stereo is a 25 year old NAD that sounds wonderful, but I had to fix it once and it cost me $30 used.)
Nixie, uhm, I think you’re falling prey to a bit of selection bias. I can guarantee you that 10 years from now there will be many 10-year-old versions of the current TVs working just fine. If those are given to someone, they will think, “wow, this old stuff was built great!”
10 years ago, 1999, there was plenty of absolute crap made that’s long since broken. But what’s lasted until now was built decently and/or might be a fluke. There’s good and bad stuff made in any time period. There were even cheap nasty things made before either of us were born.
Self-selecting the cream of the old crop doesn’t mean that there’s no good stuff made any more – it just means that used high end stuff is cheaper than new high end stuff. No surprise.
Oh, and my workshop stereo is a Yamaha Natural Sound that I bought for $10 or so. It’s awesome and is also at least 25 years old. I thought it was broken once but it turns out I had blown a speaker. Oops!
@2: Excellent points.
I wish this site had a way to make comprehensive lists of older quality things worth buying rather than a place for people to brag about what they are hanging on to. Still a good idea though.
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