It Pays to Be Patient?

I just bought a few books on Amazon and when looking at my 1-Click account settings, I noticed a link to Wish List. I click on it and found that on September 21, 2004 (my brother’s birthday!) I had put a really nice digital camera on my wish list…. for $899.95!

I wondered, of course, if the camera is still available to purchase, so I clicked on the link, and discovered that INDEED it still is:

But for only $195.00!

See, by being patient and waiting three years, I can get this amazing 2.1 MEGA pixel digital camera with a 10x optical zoom lens that uses outdated SmartMedia and is ten times bigger than today’s cameras with less features and save hundreds of dollars!

Actually, I did buy this camera, just not from Amazon, and got tons of use out of it for several years, and still use it for still photograhy because it takes amazing pictures and with the optical large lens you get more light and faster shutter speeds, which makes it ideal for large indoor pictures (such as Kid U events) and fast moving images.

The Point: Yes, technology is expensive when it is new, and costs more than it will later… but you do get more for paying more. You get the use of the tool while others are waiting for the price to drop.

Which brings me to the final point: Why I would buy an iPhone as soon as they come out when over time the price may drop and features and hard drive space will improve.

If you have not watched the iPhone commercials, the flash promo, or the iPhone keynote address, you really should. This small sleek machine is beyond incredible… it is going to change the cellular world the same way the iPod and iTunes changed the way we buy, listen and use music, and the way the Mac changed computing. (can you even count the ways Windows copies the Mac, but just can’t pull it off?)

My treo650, once the most powerful phone on the market is now a toy for my little boy to play with.

And when he gets bored, it will make a nice paper weight. Sure, I could sell it or give it away, but that would be like giving someone an 8-track tape of Dallas Holm. But if you want it, let me know. (either the phone or the 8-track tape, I have both!)

Good things come to those who wait, but when it comes to technology, the best things come to those who buy right away! :)

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Karl Bastian is the founder of, the creator of, and the author of His personal website is He is Big Kid with a passion for equipping and encouraging those who minister to children.


  1. Ill take the phone!

  2. oh, and by the way, the iPhone built in camera is the same megapixel as the $899 camera shown at the beginning of the post!

  3. hmmm…the wife wants to know if she can have the hand me down phone that appears now to be good enough only for the boy to drool on. u r lucky by the way, that she lets you splurge on these tech things when they come out. if she weren’t so wonderful u might still have that original bag phone that is out in the garage unless u got rid of it.

  4. Ha ha…you need to listen to your wife! She’s making good sense. But…if you’re really not using the phone, don’t just throw it away. Take it to your nearby police station. They can reuse old phones for domestic violence victims who are trying hard to break way from their abusers and start their lives over.

  5. I’ll take it! Ha ha…

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