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For much of my life I was caught up in the excitement and bright lights of shiny new tech. I wanted it, and rushed out to get that new gadget, phone or laptop as soon as it was launched locally.

As a rule, I was overpaying. But an even bigger issue was that with first-generation new tech, the buyers are really just beta testers. We’re buying dud tech that will inevitably improve over the next few releases...

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