Posted 07 January 2013 - 16:28
For some of these i don't get really that mad,
Cell Phones / Mobile Phones, ok they may not last as long as a nokia from the 90's but they provide a lot more functionality and are thinner / lighter. Although saying that if it was possible to change the battery on an iPhone easily then i would say it's one of the phones which could go the distance as they are really well made. (I own a Samsung Galaxy Note 2). I think a phone is acceptable if it can last the contract (in the uk avg of 2yrs) if the phone is falling to bits after a year now that is pretty poor.
As for the Adobe software, it's not really changed, it's always been expensive but then again it is a professional range of applications. If i was starting a company the capital i would range would factor in the cost of the software as well as a well supported computer, i.e. i would expect a £400 cheap computer to do the work needed for a design agency/consultant, i would have to pay extra for a higher quality computer which is supported by the supplier over the course of it's life, i.e. 3 year same day/next day. If i was really serious then i would probably opt for a really high grade color calibrated monitor with perhaps professional grade tablet, each of these hardware devices could easily beat the price of the Creative Suite from Adobe.
The problem with Photoshop is that it is a professional tool, Adobe should have marketed a lower consumer version, i know they have Photoshop Express / Elements, but this was marketed later and even in the name it sounds cut down and not as enticing for consumers even though elements does the job for 99% of what a consumer would want to do. I know this sounds like it has nothing to do with the above paragraph, however if Adobe had marketed a consumer version better then it wouldn't have been pirated as much.
Video games have always been expensive, even more so during the 90's in the UK, SNES games used to cost at least £45 and generally came out at £49.99, it's one of the things i have been most impressed with in the UK, is that games on release are generally £45 but quickly drop to 29.99.
Head phones i agree with, anything under £100 seems to fall to bits within 3 months, it's really annoying as i swear i used to use them more as a kid in the 90's and they lasted at least a year or two.