Paying less for more

Isn’t it amazing how prices change. While we expect the prices of most things to go up, there are a lot of advances in technology that keep bringing prices down on certain items.

When I think of how long it took us to pay off our first computer compared to what we could get for a third of the price these days, I just wonder how much cheaper computers will get. That old computer was a 486 DX 33. No CD drive, no sound, no modem. I think it cost us about $3000.

I was flicking through a brochure that came with yesterday’s paper looking at digital cameras. We made a big investment of around $600 to get a 3.2 megapixel digital stills point and shoot camera back in 2003 before I went to India for the first time. It was a lot to pay but I wanted to make sure we had good quality photos from the trip. It was a Pentax Optio 330GS and it was just wonderful. Now for around 20% of that price I can get a six megapixel camera. It might not be the best quality but for not much more I can get superb quality.

I only wish that bicycle technology was moving at the same rate so that their prices were dropping by the same percentage.

What would you like to see get the ‘new technology, price dropping’ treatment?

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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  • Rodney – you asked where I stand on stealing.

    I would argue that we should never take what doesn’t belong to us. We are, however, within God’s rights to claim what He has told us to take. For instance, the “Promised Land” the Jews walked into was occupied by someone else. This could be viewed as stealing, but God told them to snag it and He ultimately gets the last word.

    In cases like that I think it’s less stealing and more reclaiming.

    Then again, that was OJ Simpson’s argument. 🙂

  • Airplane tickets to Europe (and everywhere else!). I guess it’s probably got a bit cheaper, but not much, and we’ve got individual screens in Economy now…. but still….

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