msn.com ran an article this weekend titled, “10 things not to buy in 2010.” seeing as how the title immediately caught my eye, i had to read it. in the column, they list 10 consumer products about to be considered obsolete. here is their list:
- dvd’s – given the increase in affordable web-based / cable-based on demand movie rentals, dvd’s and dvd players have begun to go the way of the beta. even blockbuster has said it plans to close 1/5 of its stores in 2010.
- home telephone service – the increase in cell phone lines and web-based services (skype) has resulted in more than 1/5 of american homes no longer suscribing to land lines into their home.
- external hard drives – external hard drives are still an option for storing all those photos, videos, and music files, but they can crash. an up-and-coming alternative might be simpler and save you another transition down the road. online backup services, like carbonite and mozy, allow users to back up data over the internet.
- smart phones not called blackberry or iphone – they just haven’t generated the same buzz. as a result, fewer developers are likely to create applications and other products that cater to those phones. today, the blackberry dominates the smart-phone market with 40% market share, followed by the iphone with 25%.
- compact digital cameras – given the rise in manufacturers of slr’s coupled with the increased quality of cell phone cameras, the compact digital camera is rarely needed anymore. if you don’t know what an slr camera is, they are the fancy expensive ones that look like this: Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera
- newspaper subscriptions – in 2008, newspaper advertising revenues declined by 17.7% and the average daily circulation at 379 newspapers fell 10.6% from april through september 2009.
- cd’s - did you even know they still sold these?
- new college textbooks – used textbooks can save you 70-90%. and now, the new growing trend is downloadable textbooks.
- gas-guzzling autos – i’m not sure i’d classify them as obsolete quite yet, but recent announcements by car manufacturers that they plan to mass-produce fuel-efficient cars could help push consumers away from gas-guzzling vehicles.
- energy-inefficient homes and appliances – not only do thse energy-efficient alternatives save you energy costs each month and/or offer you tax-incentives, the once high cost of these appliances continue to drop every year.
so, what did they forget from their list?