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The unfrugal mind

March 15th, 2010 at 07:31 am

I've been thinking about this dear friend of mine, and wondering why he wants me to buy an iPhone with him.

Sales pitch and gadget lust aside, what he is proposing basically boils down to being locked into a 2 year contract for at least $75 a month, just to play a game or two that I can't play anyways when I'm at work, and at home, I already have a competent PC.

It's really hard for me to say no to such a good friend, but I definitely had to say no to that one. The cost is exorbitant and I just can't see how this would work out for us, much less for myself.

The iPhone itself isn't what's interesting though. To me, it's the thought process behind it. It always seems like he's chasing after the latest and greatest gadgets. Alas, reality never seems to quite meet expectation, so once it settles in, he either gets bored or disappointed, and moves on to the Next Great Thing.

It's strange. I don't understand that kind of mindset. Mind you, I'm a gadget geek who just blogged about a gadget in my last entry. And yet, I kid you not, he's already gone through four smartphones within only a year I think.

And his response to me declining a joint iPhone purchase? Equally perplexing. He eventually accepted my decision and said, "Oh well, it's just not meant to be right now." Not meant to be? Like it's something that fate has yet to transcribe into the astral tome of destiny or something? I don't understand that either. To me, the basic cost versus benefit just doesn't add up. That's all.

I mean, I'm not trying to give my friend a hard time or anything. It's just that the way he looks at things is very alien to me... and fascinating at the same time. I just don't get how his thought process works.

Anybody have any insights on this?

5 Responses to “The unfrugal mind”

  1. momcents Says:


    Sometimes it is impossible to determine what is going on in someone's mind. I've had my own moment like this this morning. Somewhat perplexing why things can be turned into something other than what they are.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Maybe he has unfulfilled emotional needs and is trying to find them in gadgets...

    If I remember your description of this friend in the past, he doesn't do much planning for his financial future. Thus the reliance on fate to bring his wants and needs.

    You made the right decision, of course.

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Are you saying he wanted to share an iPhone with you? A single iPhone? Or just buy one at the same time as him?

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Two phones. He wanted me to buy one the same night he buys one for himself. The wording was kind of peculiar and amusing. He said, "I'm prepared to buy an iPhone tonight if you say the word." Kind of implying that somehow the decision was on me, even though I have very little to do with it. Oh well, he got an iPhone anyways, and from what I understand he's enjoying it, so that's good.

  5. baselle Says:

    Huh? Sounds like a BOGO deal gone wrong. Sigh. I understand gadget envy, what I don't understand is Apple product gadget envy. Gone through 4 smartphones, and x of iPods ... doesn't buying more than one mean that the item was crappy? Gad, I sound more and more like my grandparents all the time. Smile

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