Guidelines for Early Adopters
1. Assess the item as it exists to the best of your ability. If you decide that the features it has are worth the money, be satisfied with the price you paid for it
2. Be aware of your return period (thirty days for a Kindle). Test it out during that period. If it doesn’t meet your expectations, return it. If it does, be happy with your decision
3. Know what your warranty is. Realize that the device may not last beyond that period, although it might last much longer. If the warranty is one year, you can expect the company to repair or replace it (if those are the terms of the warranty) during that period. Do not expect the company to replace more than what failed…to give you a new device for a six-month old device, for example, or to give you a model that was released after the one you bought. They might do that, but it shouldn’t be what you expect
4. Expect the technology to be cheaper and do more in the future. That’s quite predictable, and is no more unfair than that winter comes
5. Updates for later models may not be available for your model. That may be due to changes in hardware or software, but may just have to with the development costs. Your device still does what you thought was worthwhile when you bought it. You made a good decision then, and that has not changed because other people get more than you do. Be happy for them
Enjoy your device…you are paying more than other customers will who wait, but you get to use it first.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.