Take a look in that Birkin bag; if you’re anything like us you’ll likely find an MP3 player, a Smartphone, a tablet and maybe a digital camera. We’ll go as far as to say many electronic items have become an essential part of our well-being. With constant technological advances and upgrades it has become an ongoing battle to have the newest device on the market. Now keeping your iPizzle or Crackberry as good as new is more important than ever because these devices are losing their spark to newer and faster ones everyday. This is better known as depreciation, which is the loss in value of a product from all causes including age, wear and tear. Few things seem to become outdated as fast as electronics but according to Robert Wesley of Nextworth, Apple products tend to retain their value best due to the brand's extra perceived value with consumers. Here are a few ways to keep your electronics in tip top shape and fight off the D monster...
- One of the best ways to preserve your device and keep it looking brand new is to protect it! Purchase a case and screen protector right away. The sooner the item is suited up in protective gear the less chance it has to get damaged.
- Save all original manuals and packaging. Fight the urge to run home and rip through that stubborn packaging to get to your new toy. Hang onto everything that comes with it so that if the time comes to sell it, you can do so with everything ready to go.
- Don’t ignore updates! Yes they can be annoying and seem to happen all the darn time, but the newer the software you have on your device the better the value of your device will be, especially if you decide to sell it.
- Store your pictures, videos and music on an external memory card. It’ll keep your phone from running slow and it’ll make life much easier when it’s time to trade it in. Ipads, Ipods, computers and digital cameras make it easy to sync with the web or save to your hard drive. Get in the habit of syncing often and then clean out your device memory every once and awhile.
- Start using that little thing called the “power” button. We use our devices so much that letting it power off and refresh itself easily gets overlooked. Like us, electronics need rest too, especially when they’re working off of a cellular network or using wi-fi. Turn your device off for a few minutes everyday for best results.
By Maya Cooper