if it ain’t broke, why fix it?

It occurred to me while sorting through my shoe closet, that if I like something, I stick with it. Call me a loyal consumer. Or just stubborn that when something works, why change it?

Finding a decent pair of running shoes ranks up there with finding a comfy bed. Both make a huge difference on the stress placed on the body… key to recovery from a hard day’s work.

I typically will purchase a new pair of shoes about every 4-6 months or so, depending on how much I run (about 20-25 miles per week). Once the foam begins to break down, I retire them to gym shoes or Casual Friday sneakers since they still serve a functional purpose, but not the intent for which they were designed. But they still work as great shoes, just not from saving my knees to pounding the pavement. Eventually, I retire them to the lawn mowing arena. And after a solid season of yard work they head to the nearest Salvation Army donation bin.
wpid-shoes-2010-12-23-04-511.jpgThe same philosophy applies in purchasing new cameras. With the buzz of the holiday shopping season, I like to keep in mind not what I necessary WANT, but NEED. About every year (so it seems), camera manufacturers are coming out with another latest megapixel wonder. But do I really need it when my current setup works gloriously (it focuses fast, has great 3200 ISO capabilities, works with my existing batteries and compact flash media, and has all the resolution I currently need). Back-ups are critical when you are a professional, and generally speaking I prefer duplicate backups. But why would I splurge on a pair of Nikon D3x’s, when I can pocket $8,000 for a rainy day?wpid-nikon_d700_parody_whadda_need-2010-12-23-04-51.jpg

4 Responses to “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?”

  1. Gino Siller Photography — December 23, 2010 @ 11:16 pm (#)

    Wish I was as frugal as you sometimes……

  2. Jen Martodam — December 29, 2010 @ 2:27 pm (#)

    I heart the D-700 and this post. So very true!

  3. Min Barberio — January 1, 2011 @ 7:03 am (#)

    Thanks a lot for the article, I really learned something from it. Very quality content on this blog. Always looking forward to new post.

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