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Expensive Electronics

We took a few expensive gadgets with us on our trip and so far we haven’t been too lucky with them. ON the one hand, they’ve lasted 3 months of pretty hard travel but on the other, we’ve lost or broken two of them.

The first to die was the Sony eReader we bought on eBay last year. One day we opened our backpack to find the screen was broken. There isn’t any physical damage visible to the eye but half of the screen won’t refresh. I went online to see what I could do but learned that MAYBE i could send it in to Sony and MAYBE they would replace the screen for a couple hundred dollars. Instead, we bought a new Kindle 2 from Amazon.

We love it. The battery life is great, the screen is clearer and you can buy a 2 year warranty for it (including one accidental damage!).

The other disaster was we lost (or we now think was stolen) our favorite camera – The Canon G10. It happened on our last day in Bali and we think the hotel snagged it but we can’t verify. We filed an insurance claim on this one so hopefully we’ll get the money back for it. We loved loved loved this camera and so while in Sydney, we bought another one. Got a good deal too because they were missing the charger and we don’t have to pay tax.

I hope that is the last of it…

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One Response

  1. Bummer! But yeah, the one thing camera/electornic companies don’t usually cover are screens. We learned that the hard way too when the screen cracked on our last Canon. I bought the most padded case they sold with the next camera ;).

    Oh, we got a Flip for Christmas and LOVE it! Just FYI cuz you guys like gadgets.

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